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Ellesmere College has once again been named as one of the top 100 schools for cricket in the country by the world's leading cricket magazine - The Cricketer.
Ellesmere College was selected from hundreds of applicants to make the final list against an extensive list of criteria that each school had to meet.
A spokesman for the Cricketer, said: "The competition this year was fierce with over 350 applications. All entries were forensically examined against an exhaustive set of internal and external criteria and we were delighted to include Ellesmere College in the list to feature in the world's leading cricket magazine."
Ellesmere has a strong cricketing tradition with several players going on to represent Lancashire, Warwickshire and Glamorgan Academies. Captain Sam Ellis, won the Shropshire U17 Player of the Year and County Age Group Player of the Year. Sixth form students have also achieved places at MCCs six university cricket academies in England and Wales, which aims to provide talented young cricketers the chance to receive top-level coaching and playing opportunities whilst furthering their education. There are also number of players presently playing abroad, particularly in Australia.
Gareth Owen, Director of Cricket, said: "This is a tremendous honour and recognises the hard work of staff and pupils to develop cricket in our school. We are working hard at Ellesmere College to give potential sporting stars the best platform to help them fulfil their potential."
The School boasts strong links with Cheshire, Shropshire and Staffordshire county cricket development programmes and prides itself as a community hub for local cricket and coach education, making itself available to the wider community for both boys and girls of all abilities.
This comes as Ellesmere College announced a collaboration with the former England Cricket player Lydia Greenway and her 'Cricket for Girls - Lydia Greenway' Cricket Initiative that will be based at Ellesmere College to develop and grow girls cricket from March onwards. It will be led by Lydia Greenway herself, who appeared for England in seven Tests and 32 ODI's during her 13 year career
Gareth said: "Whilst national achievements have included being regional champions and semi- finalists of the National U14 ECB Competition for the boys, and U15 Lady Taverner's National indoor finalists for the girls, long term development is more important than team success in order to provide opportunities, challenges and exposure to challenging match environments for as many players as possible".
Ellesmere College, Headmaster, Brendan Wignall, said, "One of the things about Ellesmere College that makes me most proud is the many, many opportunities that our young people are offered which provides them so many chances to excel. Nothing embodies this better than the success of sport at the school and in particular cricket. To be one of the top 100 best schools in the country for cricket is very special but I am also especially proud of the ground-breaking work that has been done with girls' cricket and their rewards in county competitions."
27th November 2018 Back to News