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In Northamptonshire,
cricket is for everyone

We want everyone involved in cricket in Northamptonshire to have a safe, positive experience and be welcomed and supported in their activities.

Northamptonshire County Cricket Club is committed to ensuring that all young people who play cricket in the county have a safe, welcoming and positive experience.

We comply fully with the ECB Safe Hands Policy – this is the England and Wales Cricket Board’s policy to safeguard children within cricket. It promotes good practice, helps raise awareness and ensures people know what to do if they have any concerns about children or about the behaviour of adults in cricket.


Raise an issue or concern

We stand against discrimination in all its forms and are committed to ensuring that cricket is a game for everyone.

If you have experienced or witnessed discrimination involving Northamptonshire County Cricket Club, players, staff or supporters, please report it.

Reports can be made by contacting, all reports will be fully investigated by the club’s EDI and Welfare Committee.


Steelbacks Academies

During 2022, we established the first two Steelbacks Academy programmes.

These academies offer an elite level cricket programme in conjunction with full-time education. The first of these were set up in Luton, in partnership with The Shared Learning Trust, whilst the second academy launched in Peterborough with Thomas Deacon Academy.

The academies both provide an elite level pathway for talented cricketers to continue their development both educationally and professionally within the game of cricket. Whilst also demonstrating to students who have a passion for the game some of the other roles and avenues in which they can keep cricket a part of their life for the future.

Coaching, Officiating & Volunteering

There is more to cricket than just the 11 players on the field.

Many cricket lovers do not play the game but instead involve themselves as coaches, officials like scorers, umpires, local club chairpersons, secretaries and many more. Local recreational cricket clubs rely on the support of these passionate people in a range of roles to keep the game going.

Explore your next involvement in cricket and see where the game can take you.

Women and Girls Cricket

Women’s cricket continues to go from strength to strength in Northamptonshire with a midweek league, the East Midlands Cricket League, Women’s Softball Festival and Girl’s Softball Festivals.

In 2022 a total of 147 games were played across 4 formats and 33 teams – the most ever in Northamptonshire.

These matches engaged nearly 1000 female players with many more also involved in various roles across clubs and leagues in the county. The number of girls participating in cricket in Northamptonshire has now risen by 64% since 2019.

Pan Disability Cricket

The pan disability squad competes regionally in the national hardball ECB D40 Pursuit competition and has regular training sessions through the winter months in the Lynn Wilson Indoor Centre at The County Ground.

The programme of training includes development opportunities with soft and hardball cricket and is aimed at anyone over the age of 13.

For further details, please contact Andy Hill

Table Cricket

Table cricket is an adapted version of cricket, played on a modified table tennis table and specially designed to give young people with a disability the chance to play and compete.

Table Cricket is delivered in SEND schools and SEND school settings across Northamptonshire with a county competition held at the County Ground.

The winners go on to represent the county in the next stages of a national competition.

Talent Pathway

Both the Girls & Boys County Age Group Programmes, have teams run from U10-U18 and draw on players who live or were born in Northamptonshire, or those who play club cricket or are schooled in the county.

The County Age Group Programme aims to develop players holistically and to support them as people, not just as cricketers. It also aims to develop as many players as we can that will go on to Regional Centre of Excellence Cricket and to play for England, with any players who do not go on to reach this level leaving the pathway as more rounded individuals, with a lifelong love of the game and who will increase the standard of club cricket in the county

Our Club Values

Cricket is a game for everyone. From players to officials, volunteers and supporters, we welcome people from all walks of life and encourage them to get involved with cricket.

To support this philosophy, Northamptonshire County Cricket Club has a number of core values that shape the work we do and how we approach our wonderful game.


No matter your age, race, gender, religion or sexual orientation, we welcome all and encourage everyone to be involved in cricket.


We will ensure that cricket provides a safe environment for all, in schools, at local clubs and at The County Ground.


We will continue to adapt and evolve our structures and processes across the county to have the best governance possible.


We will inspire and push boundaries, letting all generations be part of our process and our journey.

A Cricketing Hub

Working with our neighbours to act as a focal point and a cricketing capital for the eastern region of England.

A Role for All

Being involved in cricket doesn’t just include players on the field. We encourage everyone to get involved and find the path that helps them most engage in cricket.


Children and Vulnerable Adults

Everyone involved in cricket has a duty to ensure the safety and welfare of any young or vulnerable person involved in the sport. From prevention to protection, safeguarding in sport is everyone’s responsibility both on and off the cricket pitch.

It is not the responsibility of any individuals to determine if abuse has taken place, but it is their responsibility, and the responsibility of everyone within cricket, to confidentially report concerns to the relevant Club Safeguarding Officer, the County Safeguarding Officer, ECB or Child Protection experts.

Our EDI Plan

We stand against discrimination in all its forms and are committed to ensuring that cricket is a game for everyone.

Our processes continue to evolve and improve to make them as effective as possible.

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