Valley End Cricket Club
Address: VECC Ground, Windlesham Road, Valley End, Chobham, Surrey, GU24 8SN
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Telephone: 01276 856505
Email: [email protected]
Valley End Cricket Club is a Surrey ECB Premier League club, located in a tiny hamlet on the western border of the county.
Founded in 1895, this traditional cricket club has always looked to develop and progress through the drive and energy of its own membership.
On the field, the club’s mantra is to develop its own cricketers for the future at all levels. With a squad virtually all made up of former youth cricketers at the club, the first XI has risen through the ECB league structure with seven promotions in nine years, reaching the Ryman ECB Surrey Championship Premier Division for the first time ever this season.
Other on-field success along the way includes:
- Npower Village Cup winners 2008
- Cockspur Rum National T20 2011
- Club Cricket Conference Cup winners 2012
- Surrey Trust League finalists 2013
At the same time, the second and third XIs have both had a succession of promotions, reaching their respective league First Divisions. The club have continued to field 4-5 Saturday teams and three Sunday teams, in addition to an expanding youth section catering for approximately 150 children aged seven to 17. Our youth cricketers are developed through the energy of volunteers within the club including parents and current players.
With the continued progression of Valley End on the pitch, off the field it has had to seek an equal pace of growth through the continued drive of the club’s committee. Valley End’s Woodlands Lane ground has recently been extended over the road to provide an extra two pitches with an additional facility for disabled cricketers. The new ground, in its relative infancy whilst a pavilion fund is still in development, is already topping the Surrey Championship league for umpires’ scores relating to both quality of pitch and hospitality.
For all of this off-field development, strong links with the local community have been crucial in achieving Clubmark accreditation as a Community Amateur Sports Club, in addition to the strong ‘family-feel’ within the club, which has always helped any new players in the local area settle in fast.
As the great Alec Bedser CBE once said, “Valley End is…a true village club; it has been a source of sporting enjoyment and competition for a century. The Club…has every reason to be proud of its achievement. I remember playing there and can well understand why members and visitors so love the club.”