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AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE SOMERSET WEST COMMUNITY FOR OVER 100 YEARS...

 

A WARM WELCOME TO THE WEBSITE OF
SOMERSET WEST CRICKET CLUB

Somerset West Cricket Club (SWCC) is a proudly inclusive and community based cricket club founded in 1891.

Our main ground and clubhouse are situated in Radloff Park at the foot of the Helderberg Mountain with the Hottentots Holland Mountain range in the distance.

Afforded the nickname "Little Newlands" it is a gorgeous setting for cricket - described by some cricket commentators as the most beautiful club for cricket in South Africa.

SWCC has a very strong junior and senior section with representation in most of the WPCA leagues. 

WE ARE A CLUB WITH A PROUD HISTORY AND TRADITIONS

Founded in 1891, Somerset West Cricket Club has deep roots in the community and is one of the oldest cricket clubs in South Africa. With over 500 active members the club has played a central part in the growth and prosperity of Somerset West and has a long and interesting history intertwined with the town.

Our President, Andy Boyd, writes...

 

"Somerset West is one of the founder members of the then Western Province Cricket Union, which became the Western Province Cricket Association with unification in 1992.

 

The club was founded in 1891, and played their cricket at the De Beers soccer grounds in Paardevlei.

 

The club moved its grounds to Radloff Park at the end of the 1960's thanks to the work done by three members: Mr Arthur Kamp who was or became president of the club thereafter, Mr Bill Bellingan (affectionately known as Uncle Bill), who became vice president  and Mr Alan Olsen, who became honorary life president. All three were made life members and were instrumental in the financing and zoning of the land for the club.

 

The club started at Radloff park with a corrugated-tin tea shack on the A-field under the oak tree to the right of the A-field, in front of the existing nets. The clubhouse followed thereafter. The original nets were two concrete nets outside the embankment, more or less opposite the existing tarmac area. The new net facilities were built in the early 1980's and then extended again some years later to what it is currently.

 

The original clubhouse was a small kitchen and bar, about half the size of the existing kitchen and bar area, two mens changing rooms and a ladies toilet. What is now the main hall area where one sits to watch TV and where we sit when having meetings, used to be grass.

 

So the club really has come a long way in 100 or so years and holds some wonderful memories for me. I have every faith the club will go from strength to strength in the next 100 years and remain an integral part of the Somerset West community."

JOIN OUR CLUB

We welcome membership applications for the junior and senior sections of the club as well as for social members. Please complete the Membership Application Form (see below) click Save once finished and it will automatically be sent to the relevant person. 

PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR OUR MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION FORM (will open in another window in your browser).

Membership fees are reviewed on an annual basis - click here for the current fee schedule.

Once your membership has been approved, please download our membership app. from the Google Play Store which will enable you to manage your membership from your phone or device (Android only - click on the icon below).

 

Junior section

Caters for boys and girls of all skill levels from the age of 8 to 13 (U9 - U13) plus a mini cricket section for children aged 6 to 7. Mini cricket and all age group practices are held on Friday afternoons from 15h30 and League matches are on Saturday mornings. Please check our Facebook page for regular updates. 

An important message for parents of children in our Junior section :-

Somerset West Cricket Club is an inclusive and community based club providing equal opportunity 

to all members regardless of background or ability. We run the junior section of the club with the

unique ethos of participation over performance. This means that every junior member gets a chance

to bat and bowl where possible in league games on Saturdays. This may lead to losing some games

that should be won but at least no-one will be standing in the hot sun all day just fielding.

Far too many youngsters are lost to the game of cricket this way. Teams entered for competitions

will be selected on merit based on stats from that season. So no matter how inexperienced or how

capable your son or daughter is, they will not only get a game every Saturday where possible but

they will get a chance to bat and bowl in a team environment. This is invaluable to their development

not only as a cricketer but also as a person. Parents are respectfully requested to be mindful of this

ethos when joining the club and to manage expectations accordingly.

 

Senior section

Four full mens XI's plus two ladies teams so we welcome applications from ladies wanting to join the club. Ladies practice on Mondays and Wednesdays during season (October through March) from 17h00-19h00. Mens practices are held during season on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 17h00-19h00 with all matches being played on weekends.

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CLUBHOUSE BOOKINGS AND EVENTS

The SWCC Clubhouse, Bar and Fields are all available for hire and make up the perfect space to host an event, wedding reception or birthday party. During the out of season months (April - September) it is available on weekends as well as weekdays whilst during cricket season availability is limited around cricket fixtures, which mostly happen on the weekend. For prices, options and other details please take a look at our online booking form or contact us.

PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR OUR ONLINE BOOKING FORM*

*Terms and Conditions apply.

OUR SPONSORS

Our club would not be able to survive without sponsors. Under the guidance of our Junior Chairman, SWCC embarked on an ambitious plan of refurbishment to our clubhouse and playing facilities in early 2018. This section of the website is dedicated to those individuals and companies who have donated their time and money to the club and to recognise their contributions to this project. If you would like to get some brand exposure for your company across the Helderberg and greater Cape Town area by becoming a club sponsor, please contact us using the Get In Touch form below.

OUR EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Riaan Jacobs - CHAIRMAN

Riaan was appointed as Chairman on 1 July 2019 and was previously Junior Chairman. He has been a member of the club since 2015. He is chief custodian of our unique ethos and his vision is to keep SWCC at the top tier of cricket in the Western Cape through the development of players in youth cricket and by supporting our Men's and Ladies teams. He is also a Level 1 umpire and has been one of the driving forces behind the club finding new sponsors.

GET IN TOUCH

Feel free to contact us using the form below should you have any queries about joining the club or hiring the facilities for an event or function. Please include as much information as possible so that we can redirect your enquiry if necessary. Someone from the club will be in touch as soon as they can. You can also get in touch via our Facebook page.

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