King Edward’s School is very proud of its varied cricket programme, not only for its achievements but also for its capacity to cater for all abilities. We have 14 teams in active competition against schools across the region and in some cases across the world. We also have a girls’ team which competes locally and are building on their programme each year.
Gregg Brown, former Somerset and Bath cricketer is master in charge of cricket, and is assisted by another former Bath cricketer, Mike Howarth. Both have been coaching cricket at regional and county level for the last 20 years. In addition, the cricket staff are extremely experienced and the Head of Girls’ Sport, Liz Young, is also a former cricketer who is very keen to drive forward girls' cricket.
The School plays its cricket at the picturesque Bathampton grounds, where we have two squares, an artificial wicket and a netted area for training. In addition to this, in recent years the School has developed fantastic links with Bath Cricket Club, which allowed us also to make use of their first class facilities. We are very lucky to be able to use their indoor school along with a three lane state-of-the-art outdoor area. The School is also able to play some of its more prestigious matches on the famous North Parade cricket ground in the middle of the city, with fantastic views of the historic city of Bath.
The pupils undertake a varied training programme in their Games and after school sessions, which include net sessions, fielding drills and match scenarios. A Winter training programme is also available to all age groups. There is also an additional one-to -one programme developed for our elite cricketers, with an emphasis on technique and mental toughness. Each player enrolled on this programme is mentored throughout the year.
The School competes in a number of tournaments for different age groups including; county cups for under 12, 13 and 15. The 1St XI also plays in the Local Schools' League and in the national 20/20 competition.
The senior players have also benefitted from taking part in some fantastic overseas tours in recent years, including trips to Antigua in 2009 and 2012.
King Edward's teams have performed consistently well over the years and the School has helped develop some excellent cricketers who have gone on to play county and club cricket. In all age groups in 2014, from Year 5 to Year 13, we have 12 county age group players and three regional Emerging Player Programme (EPP) performers, of which the School is very proud.
Head of Cricket - Mr Gregg Brown
The school's CRICKET mission statement is to:
- Create an environment that allows expression and enjoyment.
- Produce a training and coaching programme that rivals county and regional standards.
- Encourage more pupils to join cricket clubs so that more players are retained in the game and create a lifelong passion for cricket.
This year’s new initiative in Cricket is designed to complement the elite programme, which was so successful last Winter. The Development Programme is aimed at the best young cricketers in the School, placed just below regional and county standard. It is a six week project covering all aspects of technique including batting, bowling and fielding, something that cannot easily be done in larger groups. We are delighted that the boys have bought into this new training programme and are sure this will pay dividends during the cricket season, when they can take their skills into a competition phase. We are confident that this programme will continue to raise the profile and standards of cricket at King Edward's.