Founded in 1890, Great Kingshill remains a friendly, yet competitive village cricket club in Buckinghamshire. The club is run by an elected committee of volunteers, who are responsible for enforcing a five year club development plan.
Having been a member of the Chiltern League since 1994 the club have made the decision in 2017 to return to play in the Mid Bucks Cricket League (MBL) in which GKCC were one of the founder members of this league and enjoyed much success in that league in the 1980’s.
The committee’s reason for the change is the fact that the MBL play a shorter format of the game, 40 overs per innings win/lose format , in addition the majority of the teams are more local so less travelling time required. Numbers playing cricket are dwindling with a lot more going on in society nowadays and like many clubs we have found it difficult to keep players involved in the game. It is hoped that this format will encourage greater participation and will also help with our youth players in the transition from junior cricket.
The senior section will have two teams playing in the MBL, the 1st XI in the Premier Division and the 2nd XI in Division 2, whilst also playing the occasional Sunday friendly fixture and taking part in a Twenty/20 mid- week KO competition.
With a strong emphasis on youth development, the club boasts a junior section totalling 150+ members as of 2016. These are spread across a range of age groups from Under 7's to Under 17's . As an integral part of the community, and working in partnership with local schools, the club has been designated a 'Focus Club' by the England and Wales Cricket Board. This commitment to develop cricketers of all ages and abilities, has also resulted in the club being awarding the prestigious Clubmark accreditation, and was selected as one of the first Buckinghamshire cricket clubs to administer the Chance to Shine programme. Such initiatives have resulted in a number of benefits to the club, such as the installation of a non-turf pitch as well as portable nets and has further enabled the introduction of coaching aids such as a bowling machine, and more recently video analysis.
All players have access to coaching from an ever-increasing team of ECB-qualified coaches, with coaching sessions for all sides running throughout the summer as well as an extensive schedule of pre-season winter nets. High quality youth development ensures that many young cricketers go on to play senior cricket for Great Kingshill, with some progressing into the District and County representative teams. Whatever their level, cricketers of all abilities are encouraged to realise their personal potential and to contribute to team success.
Whilst there is an obvious focus on cricket related activities, the club also organises a variety of social events throughout the year for both the playing and non-playing members/supporters of the club to enjoy, such as the Annual Dinner, Golf Day, and Race Night to name but a few. The highlight however remains Presidents Day; a fun filled day for all the family featuring a match between GKCC 1st XI and a GKCC 'Legends' XI (consisting of former and long-serving current players), as well as junior matches, bouncy castle, face painting, barbecue and a licensed bar!
Great Kingshill Cricket Club play home fixtures on the Great Kingshill Recreation Ground, or 'The Common' as it's more affectionately known.