A new era is afoot at Felsted, as for the first time ever the Felsted girls are stepping out onto the wicket in their very own girls’ cricket team. Felsted has produced many fine cricketers over its 450 year history, including several England players, but now the ambition is for girls to be fully included.
Olivia Snooks – Felsted Preparatory School pupil, age 12 from Good Easter, plays cricket for Essex and joined the U15 side in the County Cup match.
Cricket is currently the fastest growing girls’ sport, and following its recent partnership with Essex Cricket, Felsted is rolling out training sessions across all age groups from Year 5 upwards. The girls are thoroughly enjoying this new sport and a dedicated Girls’ Cricket Camp is running at the School over the Summer holidays for girls across the region who want to learn more!
Felsted’s inaugural girls’ cricket match, held earlier this month, saw victory for the U15 side who scored a commendable 121-6 against Bower Park, who were all out for 53. The girls, coached by Toni Brockwell, a Level 2 Essex Coach, and Felsted teacher Miss Elizabeth Mclaren, got through to the quarterfinals of the U15 County Cup, open to all schools across Essex. The MCC have also shown a keen interest in the girls’ cricket programme at Felsted, further enhancing the already strong relationship between Club and School.
The new girls’ cricket programme is spearheaded by the School’s Director of Cricket and former Essex and England player Jason Gallian, who comments; “This is an exciting time for Felsted; girls have represented the School in cricket in the past, but only as members of the boys’ 1st XI. We are delighted to now offer the girls their own cricket pathway, leading them into a dedicated girls’ 1st XI team. Felsted has a renowned reputation for cricket, having produced several world class players, including Derek Pringle, John Stephenson and Nick Knight; now the dream is to continue to create international players, both male and female.”
The School offers sport scholarships in a variety of sports, with a cricket scholarship having already been awarded to a new girl joining in September 2013.
The camp is designed to cater for girls of all ages and abilities, from basic to advanced cricket skills. The team of coaches will include two UKCC Level 2 coaches that have experience in coaching the Essex County Girls’ U11 and U13 1st team and development squads. Both coaches have played for Essex and have county and international experience in a variety of other sports.
During the week Dave Letch, Essex County Cricket Women and Girls’ Development Officer, will be attending to give advice to parents and players into the pathway and development of club and county cricket for girls.
The camps are running between Monday 22nd and Friday 26th July. More information can be found at www.felsted.org/courses.
Felsted is a leading independent, co-educational, boarding and day school for pupils aged 4-18, based in East Anglia.
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