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Cricket Development Squads

Shine's Cricket Development Squads are a progressive high-quality cricket coaching programme that runs throughout the calendar year using both indoor and outdoor facilities, depending on the time of year. The various squads divide into three distinct age and ability groups; 

  • Shine Cubs (Reception to Year 3) - Shine Cubs is aimed at boys and girls who would like to discover more about this great team sport during 'soft ball' sessions that will involve heaps of cricket related fun and games.
  • Shine Lions (Years 4 to 6) - As a progression, those KS2 children who wish to learn more about our No1 summer sport will benefit from Shine Lions sessions that include skills, drills and matches using a rubber 'windball'.
  • Shine Hardball (Years 5 upwards) - The final stage in the players development towards conventional junior club cricket is the opportunity join the Shine Hardball group which especially suits those who feel they are ready to take the challenge of stepping up to full hardball cricket and the use of associated equipment such as pads, gloves and helmets.

Shine's lead coaches are ECB qualified and will plan a series of well structured weekly sessions covering everything from the basics of the game to an in-depth look at advanced skills and techniques. Our sessions are always a great way for children to meet new friends and have fun while learning about the game they love in a safe and supportive environment.

For further details, please contact Theo Gordon (Development Squads Manager) on [email protected].


Shine Sharks Basketball Development Squad

Shine Sharks training sessions take place every Friday 18:00 - 19:00 during term time within the spacious indoor court at Shine Community Sports Hall. The programme is designed to inspire primary aged girls and boys to take up this dynamic, high energy team sport. The enthusiastic coaching team seek to emphasis fun and enjoyment as the most important factor in what is always a supportive and sociable environment. 

Places are open to those with or without knowledge and experience of the sport. Your full-term fee covers all weeks training and matches and includes an exclusive Shine Sharks basketball training top. 

Further details can be obtained from Shine Sharks Lead Coach [email protected] 


Shine Junior Football Club

Shine Junior Football ClubShine Junior Football Club (Shine JFC) is open to a range of age groups from Under 5 to Under 11. The primary focus of the club is to provide an opportunity for boys and girls to benefit from a supportive and inclusive introduction to club football utilising the professionalism, facilities and resources that Shine can provide.

Each Shine JFC squad competes in a local junior football league, with the exception of the Under 6s who will play only friendly matches in their first season. The season will last from September to April and players who register for the limited places available in each age group will receive an exclusive Shine JFC football kit and, therefore, will be expected to commit to a full season. 

The annual registration fee covers more than 25-midweek early evening training sessions plus a full schedule of Saturday morning matches which will take place on the playing fields at Blaise Primary School and/or the spacious indoor facility at Shine Community Sports Hall on Saturday mornings with the spacious sports hall being made available when the weather is unsuitable. To ensure the highest standards of organisation and delivery Shine’s football coordinator to oversee all aspects of Shine JFC and the wider football provision.

For further details, please contact Theo Gordon (Football Development Co-ordinator) on [email protected].


Gymnastics Development Programme

Shine Gymnastics Development Programme

Shine Gymnastics Flow Chart

Shine's Gymnastics Development Programme offers a great opportunity for those children who are looking to develop their gymnastics skills further to join a progressive, supportive and fun environment. The programme includes; 

  • Structured weekly training sessions 
  • Use of a wide range of gymnastics equipment 
  • Specialist coaching from qualified, experienced staff
  • A fun and supportive environment
  • Regular gymnastics competitions 

Led and coached by the most advanced and accomplished team of Shine Gymnastics Coaches, the programme provides a great opportunity for children from reception to year 6 to work in age/ability groups on their strength, flexibility, balance and co-ordination during a weekly hour-long gymnastics session. The children will also work through Shine's unique gymnastics badge system and train more advanced gymnastics skills. Twice a year our development squads will take part in a popular in-house gymnastics competition where the squad members can put all their hard work into practice in front of family and friends. 

For further information, please contact Theo Gordon (Development Squads Manager) on [email protected].


Shine Wildcats Girls’ Football Squads 

Shine Wildcats Girls' Football Squad

Shine Wildcats Girls' Football Squads provide a unique opportunity for primary aged girls to enjoy our national sport, within a supportive environment and positive experiences that team sport provides. Across the different Wildcat settings in Bristol and South Gloucestershire, Shine’s specialist team of FA coaches deliver a weekly programme that involves small-sided matches, skills and techniques that are designed to encourage squad members to have fun and build new friendships with like-minded girls of a similar age. Take a look if our Wildcats are 'prowling' in your area!!

For further details, please contact Lottie Weeks (Girl's & Women's Sports Development Co-ordinator)on [email protected].


Shine Hotshots Netball SquadsShine Hotshots Netball SquadShine Hotshots is a popular junior netball development squad which delivers high-quality coaching and matches to boys and girls from the spacious indoor netball courts available at Shine Community Sports Hall. Hotshots offers an inclusive and progressive set up that divides the squads into different 'levels' based on age and ability. The three stages are:

  • Hotshot Level 1 is the starting point for Years 3 & 4, this session focuses on the basic skills needed to play netball focusing on High 5 and 7-A-Side Netball. The children will learn about passing, shooting and basic positional awareness and rules.
  • Hotshots Level 2 is where the children gain a further understanding of Netball. They will learn more in-depth about the technique of shooting, passing and footwork and implement this into their gameplay. They will also learn about moving around the court within 7-A-side netball and be a part of a set team each week.
  • Hotshots Level 3 is where the children will develop their knowledge within a set play, as well as being assigned a more regular position e.g. Attack/Defence. This will then allow the children to understand their positions in more detail and then be able to adapt to set play and play within a set team each week.

Shine's qualified and experienced coaching team will deliver a weekly skills-based session, that focuses on the basic techniques, tactics and rules of netball as well as promoting a culture of teamwork and resilience within a match-play situation. 

From the spacious sports facility at Shine HQ, the Hotshots squads play host to a regular end of term mini-tournament during which those children who participate in other Shine after school netball clubs at schools across Bristol are invited to attend and gain experience in a competitive but equally supportive environment. In addition, Hotshots squads may occasionally compete against local junior netball clubs in competitions or friendly matches on weekends.  

Above all, Hotshots provides a safe platform for young children to become part of a positive social network, fostering new friendships along the way and, most importantly, having lots of healthy fun! 

For further details, please contact Theo Gordon (Development Squads Manager) on[email protected].


Shine Dance Academy

Shine Dance Academy is a programme that offers a great opportunity for primary aged children to learn and progress their dance skills further in a supportive and fun environment. Shine Dance Academy runs every Saturday during term time in the specialist dance studio at Elmlea Junior School in Westbury-on-Trym.

  • Emerald Dance Squad is the starting point for reception age children. Every week this entry-level squad will focus on confidence-building and cover a range of dance styles to give the children the foundation to progress on to of Ruby Squad.
  • Ruby Dance Squad is where children of Years 1 and 2 gain a further understanding of dance. The hour-long class is divided into two sections focusing on Ballet and Street dance. This squad aims to build children’s confidence and strength in dance, giving children knowledge of the dance techniques and performance styles. 
  • Sapphire Dance Squad is a two-hour long session for children in Years 3 and 4. The session is split into three 40 minute sections, allowing equal time for Ballet, Tap and Street dance. This squad aims to further children’s confidence and strength through dance, giving children and intermediate level of knowledge of the dance techniques and performance styles.
  • Diamond Dance Squad is a two-hour long session for children in Years 5 and 6. The session is divided into three sections of dancing styles - Ballet, Tap and Street dance. This squad aims to further children’s confidence and strength through dance, giving children an advanced level of knowledge of the dance techniques and performance styles. 

Shine Dance Academy provides a dynamic platform for children of all abilities and experience to express themselves with various styles of dance. Our classes are a great way for children to meet new friends, gain confidence and have fun whilst learning within a safe and supportive environment. 

Our 3 expert dance coaches host a vast amount of experience and knowledge of dance and will plan a series of well structured weekly sessions covering all aspects of the specific dance styles and techniques.

For further details, please contact Georgia Cooper (Dance Co-ordinator) on [email protected].