Founded in 1890, Great Kingshill is a friendly, yet competitive village cricket club in Buckinghamshire. The club is run by an elected committee of volunteers, who are responsible for progressing a five-year club development plan.
GKCC fields a 1st XI and 2nd XI on Saturdays, which have played in the amalgamated Mid Bucks and Chiltern League structure since 2018. The Club membership is growing steadily and, for the 2019 season, we will once again be running a Sunday XI to broaden the offering of cricket to senior players and those juniors ready to make the step up to senior cricket.
GKCC has a well-respected junior section of approximately 200 members, with training starting at All Stars (5 to 8 year olds) right through to U18. The Club fields junior teams from U9 through U15 in the Bucks Leagues, and an U18 team in the Mid Bucks Youth League.
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. The Club actively supports Disability Cricket and hosts a number of sessions designed to widen access to disabled players.
All players have access to coaching from a dedicated team of volunteer 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.
The playing membership of the Club are active year-round. Outside of the Summer season, winter nets are held weekly between January and April (juniors and seniors) and the juniors play in indoor winter cricket leagues run locally in High Wycombe. 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 Quiz or Race Nights, Evenings with Cricket Legends, the Annual Dinner and, of course, President’s Day; a fun filled day for all the family featuring a match between GKCC 1st XI and a GKCC 'Legends' XI as well as junior matches, activities, a barbecue and licensed bar.