The Club restructured its boys junior pathway in 2012-13 and did not enter teams in the North Eastern Junior Cricket Association.
The NEJCA competition previously involved Grade Club teams from Tea Tree Gully, East Torrens, Prospect and Northern Districts. These clubs have slowly disappeared from the competition, preferring to run their own development squads. As a result, NEJCA could no longer provide our players with regular high-standard competition.
In the previous two seasons, the two Kensington Under 13 teams combined for 44 wins and 6 losses. Out of the 6 losses, two were against the other Kensington team and one was the result of a “bowl off” after a washout. The matches have become increasingly lopsided and our players are not being tested against the best cricketers in their age group on a week-to-week basis.
Kensington playing in NEJCA also created some angst between the Club and other community clubs in our area, who would develop talented players then find themselves playing against those same players the next season. This situation was unfair on the community clubs and meant that a talented player would have to sever ties with his community club once selected for Kensington.
As a result the Club investigated alternative options and established the Kensington Academy.
This new program merged Kensington’s two Under 13 teams and Under 11 development squad into one structure.
The Kensington Academy combines internal games with matches against Grade Club Development Squads, U/11 and U/13 Association teams, Country representative teams and also College ‘Primary A’ teams. There is also be an increased skill development focus at trainings rather than weekly net sessions.
The aim of the Kensington Academy is for our players to play regularly against the best cricketers in their age group and to better prepare our players to progress to our Under 14’s.
In 2016, the Club extended the Academy programme and is now proud to offer a Girls Academy pathway also.