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19 Mar

Yorkshire Cricket College receives 'outstanding' grade

The Yorkshire Cricket College, which is run by the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation, has recently received a ‘Grade One Outstanding’ award for its coaching.

The two-year programme sees students work towards a BTEC Level 3 extended diploma in Sport, equivalent to three A-levels, as well as training and competing against other teams.

The College earned the grade after a recent inspection in which they were assessed against several criteria.

Coach David Wainwright explained how the programme runs on a day to day basis:

A typical day sees students spend half their time in the nets and half their times over in the classrooms in Emerald Headingley Stadium. It allows them to channel their passion for sport as well as earning a vital qualification.

The scheme gives students transferrable skills that they can take into future career paths, such as teamwork, communication and leadership.

Graduates can pursue a few different roles, with coaching, professional cricket and the business side of sport all areas people can go into.

Another of the College’s coaches, Matt Green, spoke about how they earnt the ‘outstanding’ ranking:

We just put on a normal session that we would do with the lads on any given day, making sure all aspects of the game, bowling, batting and fielding, were covered. We’ve got the best part of 30 years’ experience between us which always helps, but it’s great to be recognised for our work.

As well as the educational and sporting aspects, the College offers extra-curricular opportunities to develop the students as people, such as volunteering and work experience.

Should you wish to find out more about the College and its work, email Nick.Robinson@yorkshirecricketfoundation.com.

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