The Club was formed in 1880 at Forge Field, a well known local beauty spot. the Club then moved to The Avenue Ground, Hexham Road, Swalwell in 1892 - leased from The Clavering Estate until 1976 when the ground was purchased outright, thus securing its future. It was a beautiful 'village ground' - the scene of wonderful cricket over many years. The opportunity to move on arose in 1999 when the land was sold to a property developer. The proceeds enabled the Club to take a lease on Derwenthaugh Park and build a modern Clubhouse and Ground to a very high standard. A 'flagship ground' for Swalwell and cricket in the North of England.
We have two senior teams which play in the Northumberland and Tyneside Senior League, and four junior teams playing in the Tyneside Junior Division of the same league.
In addition, we have a 3rd team which plays in the Hetton Lyons Sunday League, after an absence of 10 years. New players at both senior and junior level are always welcome and enquiries should be directed to Paul Dumighan 0782017956 (seniors) or Bill Scott 07879635486 (juniors).
The Club is fully licenced and everyone is welcome to enjoy the bar and social facilities. Click here for opening times and forthcoming functions and events.
The Club is open to all and we are keen to develop our Junior Section. We also welcome visitors as we see our existence as a key feature of the local community - for the benefit of all and the greater success of our teams.
Junior coaching courses are held throughout the winter and outdoor nets during the summer. Senior indoor nets are held from February until April. Applications for membership should be addressed to the Secretary in the first instance but feel free to visit the Club at any time.
The ECB continues to work with Sport England on the pioneering club accreditation scheme 'Clubmark' to develop a vibrant and healthy club cricket infrastructure.
Cricket clubs can play a key role in the successful delivery of Building Partnerships – cricket's strategic plan for 2006-2009 - by supporting the delivery and implementation of the following programmes:
The ECB Clubmark and community cricket clubs play a central role in all of these programmes and Clubmark will provide the standards that clubs involved in these programmes will aspire to.
In addition, it is expected that clubs who achieve the ECB Clubmark will be recognised and rewarded for their hard work and commitment to club cricket in England and Wales.
By registering to work towards ECB Clubmark, clubs join a growing number of cricket clubs across England and Wales that are prioritising junior development, creating a benchmark for high quality community club cricket.
County Cricket Development Managers can help clubs through the process of achieving ECB Clubmark Accreditation.
ECB Clubmark gives clubs an opportunity to write and implement new procedures as well as acknowledge existing practices. Cricket clubs are required to present evidence and demonstrate implementation across four different themes, culminating in the production of a Club Development Plan.
The four themes are:
For more information see www.ecb.co.uk/clubmark