WINTER training for boys and girls interested in playing cricket is starting up at two venues around Kidderminster.

The town’s cricket club is running training for youngsters aged from under-7 to under-9 at Heathfield Knoll School, Wolverley, on Wednesdays from January 10.

Training for under-10s to under-15s, starts on Thursday January 4 at King Charles I School.

Kidderminster Cricket Club head coach Craig Wood, a seasoned player and level three qualified coach, will lead both training programmes.

Two free taster sessions are offered to newcomers and it is hoped that children from the two schools will also be attracted, further developing the partnership between them and the club.

Junior section chairman Sarah Beadsworth said: “We are delighted to continue our partnership with Heathfield Knoll and King Charles I School.

“We have a first class coaching team, headed by Craig, and hope to attract new members to our winter training, as well as our existing players, to prepare for a summer of competition.”

Training at Heathfield is from 6pm until 7.15pm, with a £3 per session charge, and at King Charles from 6pm until 8pm, at a cost of £4 per session.

KCC’s junior section enters teams in competitive leagues and cup competitions at all age groups from under-10 to under-17 and enters under-9s in softball contests.

All coaches are ECB qualified and police checked. For more details contact Mrs Beadsworth on 07841 502535.