Collective County Cricket Success
Following on from news last week that a number of our pupils had been successful in gaining places onto the county cricket pathway, we are delighted to bring you the details in full.
The Somerset County Age Group Programme, or Somerset Pathway, gives players access to targeted and specific training in a suitable environment to develop and implement their cricket skills. With access to many opportunities through training sessions, development days and fixtures, the aim is to develop and broaden their game, focusing on a player’s role within the side and how their performance can influence the result.
To add a little clarification about the ‘pathway’, those players in the U10s and U11s are involved in a 'training squad' and anyone above that is involved in what is referred to as the 'county' set up. All the pupils on the list below are on the pathway.
U10 Training squad
Wilbur M (also with experience in the U11 training squad)
U11 Training squad
Nick W (with experience in playing U12 County too)
Jago B (also selected for EPP)
Harrison P (also selected for extra bowling sessions)
Thomas R (also selected for EPP)
Zach V (also selected for EPP Devon)
Due to the COVID restrictions, not all the trials have taken place, and the next stage of trials should be taking place in February. No dates have been confirmed, so no information will have made its way to parents yet.
At the school, we currently offer cricket during the season, taught be experienced and enthusiastic coaches. Out of season we offer it as part of our hobbies, which is open to certain year groups and works on a rotation basis. For the pupils involved in the county cricket set up, who are now bowling extremely quickly, we have asked them to attend separate cricket sessions where they can bowl at their full potential.
Alex works closely with King’s College, Taunton. They have extended their High Performance Programme (HPP) to our top cricketers to ensure they receive coaching sessions that stretch them beyond what is offered in our hobbies programme. Alex coaches two sessions on a Tuesday: one to a group of 10 girls, followed by a group of 10 boys. During these practices the players take part in group tasks as well as receiving that all-important one-to-one attention.
Commenting, our Director of Sport, Ali Hall, said: “This is fantastic news! We currently have an exceptional bunch of pupils at the school and we are doing a great job helping their journey. I’d like to say a huge thank you to Alex Barrow for stretching and challenging our top performing pupils to demonstrate just what they’re capable of.”
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