“Touring is an important element of the game, giving young cricketers an opportunity to play in different conditions as well as enabling them to extend the hand of friendship.”
Cricket at King's Hall
The game of cricket flourishes at King's Hall, where we are fortunate to have some impressive facilities situated in a beautiful environment. The school's approach to the game is heavily influenced by the MCC's Spirit of Cricket. This teaches the players the importance of respect: respect for our opponents, respect for our own captain and teammates, respect for the umpires and respect for the game's traditional values.
We train twice a week during games sessions, with fixtures taking place on a Wednesday and Saturday. On a typical afternoon of matches it is not unusual for us to field ten different teams, ranging from the Under 9s all the way up to our 1st XI. Given our location and standard of cricket, we also attract several touring teams.
The Under 11, Under 12 and Under 13 teams have all been successful in their respective county competitions in recent years and in addition we have a fine record at all levels against schools in our region. During the last fifteen years, something in the region of twenty of our cricketers have been selected to play for Somerset's junior age group teams and we presently have one boy on the county's Emerging Player Programme.
In addition to the boys' provision in cricket, the sport is rising in popularity among the girls. As of 2020, cricket will be their primary summer sport.
Specialist Cricket Clinics
These sessions are aimed at our younger pupils and are designed to help develop their general motor skills. Phil Lewis (Director of Sport at King's College) leads the sessions, which take place on Saturday mornings during the Lent Term. More details will be made available via email.
Girls Indoor Cricket (Michaelmas Term, Tursdays, 4.45pm - 5.30pm @ King's College)
For all girls in Years 6, 7 and 8. Led by Rob Woodman (Head of Cricket at King's College) and Alex Barrow (Level 3 cricket coach), these indoor cricket sessions will see girls developing their batting, bowling and fielding skills, as well as helping them to learn the rules of indoor cricket.
Boys Cricket (Thursdays, 4.45pm - 6.00pm @ King's College)
Pupils will be driven to King's College where they will be coached by Rob Woodman and Alastair Halls (Director of Sport at King's Hall). Sessions will finish at 6.00pm. Pupils may be collected from the College at this time, or from King's Hall at 6.20pm. Children in Year 7 and 8 will have priority, with a maximum of 16 players taking part.
Individual Skills Development
We offer private coaching throughout the week:
- Years 3, 4 and 5 - Mondays (1.00pm - 1.30pm*) or Thursdays (12.45pm - 1.30pm - free)
- Years 5, 6, 7 and 8 - Tuesdays (5.30pm - 6.15pm* or 6.15pm - 7.00pm*)
* Private coaching with Alex Barrow. For further details, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Touring is an important element of the game, giving young cricketers an opportunity to play in different conditions as well as enabling them to extend the hand of friendship. The 1st XI team has previously visited Holland, Zimbabwe and South Africa, and further overseas tours are planned for the future.
In 2020 we will be embarking on a pre-season cricket tour to Jersey. The trip will be for Year 7 and 8s, and we hope to have at least three teams travelling over the Easter period. The aim is to have three practice sessions and three matches, with opportunities for sightseeing inbetween! Details will be made available in due course.
Cricket at King's College
Many pupils make the seamless transition from King's Hall to King's College. King's College has a fine cricketing tradition and it is renowned nationally as a Cricketing Centre of Excellence. We are fortunate that we have a number of coaches who work across both our schools, helping to play an active role in the development of our younger cricketers too. More recently, former pupil and England cricketer Jos Butler opened the school's Sports Performance and Cricket Centre (SPCC).