Huddersfield New College has revealed that its Cricket Academy has been named as one of the top 100 Cricket Schools in the UK by leading publication The Cricketer.
The Cricketer publishes an annual guide to the top 100 senior schools and colleges for cricket provision. The list is selected following an exhaustive process where those included are judged against an extensive set of criteria which includes facilities, fixture programmes and the quality of coaching. As part of the entry, HNC also had to share more about the Cricket Academy’s success stories.
For the second year running has made the prestigious list, this year with even more success stories to celebrate. Just recently current students Matthew Weston and Benjamin Cliff were awarded Emerging Players Programme (EPP) Contracts for Yorkshire CCC for Under-18 Cricket – their first step into professional cricket. Five current students - Nico Georgiou-Nicola, Noah Priestley, Alexander Midgley, Max Didgiunaitis and Harry Finch – are also rapidly rising starts having all played Yorkshire Age Group Cricket. Alumni includes Ben Balmforth who played in MCC Schools U19, Hollie Armitage who played in Yorkshire CCC and for England Women and Benjamin Birkhead who played for 1st Team Yorkshire CCC and who has played some games for the first team, amongst many others.
The Cricket Academy is one of a number of programmes on offer at HNC that allows students to combine professional level coaching in sports also including football, netball and rugby within a full time study programme.
Jamie Marsden, Director of Sport comments: “Our Cricket Academy continues to go from strength to strength, attracting new and talented young players who are keen to combine training in a sport under the guidance of qualified, high experienced coaches with succeeding in their studies. Our Cricket Academy is just one of our highly successful Academies. We offer a unique experience for our young people, and we are very proud that this has been recognised by inclusion in The Cricketer’s Top 100 Schools in the UK.”
Pete Lombard, Cricket Coach says: “We are so happy to be back at HNC, supporting our talented young Cricketers to train whilst excelling in their studies. We are determined that the current pandemic situation won’t impact upon the unique experiences our students enjoy and their ultimate success when the graduate from our College. Being included in this guide reflects how we are not only an outstanding provider of education, but also an outstanding provider of opportunity for talented young cricketers.”
The Cricketer magazine editor Simon Hughes said: “This year’s Schools Guide is particularly important in showcasing our schools who have kept the game alive through a very challenging Summer. Whether it has been remote video sessions, drills in the garden or even Zoom quizzes, schools cricket has emerged resolutely from this pandemic and the appetite to get back out on the playing fields is palpable."
"There should be deserved praise for all the teachers, coaches and volunteers who have put in so much hard work, in the most difficult of circumstances to preserve a love of the game among the next generation.Congratulations to all of the schools included and we look forward to hearing about all of your future successes.”
Those interested in our Cricket Academy, or any of our other academies, can register here for our virtual Open Event on Wednesday 9th December