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16 Dec

Yorkshire Cricket College scoops top award

The top UK cricket schools have been announced in The Cricketer Schools Guide 2022.

The Yorkshire Cricket College (YCC) was named in the top 100 senior schools category, as part of the prestigious annual guide, which also includes the top 50 prep/junior and the top 20 all-girls schools.

The YCC, which supports 55 students across two year groups and is based at the Headingley Stadium, in Leeds, was shortlisted from a record-breaking number of entries by a panel of expert judges.

Nick Robinson, the head of the YCC, said: “It’s a great honour and privilege to be recognised alongside amazing cricketing schools.

“The whole Yorkshire Cricket College team works incredibly hard to support young people and help them to achieve their dreams.

“To have this celebrated is fantastic and I’d also like to congratulate all those included in the guide – to be part of this is very special.”

I would like to place on record my thanks to all the teachers, coaches and volunteers who have worked so hard, in the most difficult of circumstances, to ensure the next generation are given opportunities to grow within, and love the game, that we cherish so deeply – Huw Turbervill, The Cricketer magazine editor

All entries were judged against an extensive set of criteria, which included a compelling commitment to cricket in the curriculum, facilities, fixture programmes and coaching.

Also taken into account was how schools kept the game alive during the pandemic, and how they look to ensure cricket remains a central part of school life.

The Cricketer magazine editor Huw Turbervill said: “It has been incredibly heartening to see schools cricket making such a comeback after a very different 2020. Of course, not all schools’ programmes have been the same due to varying restrictions, facilities, and many other understandable reasons but what has been consistent across the spectrum is that the dedication to the game in schools has, not only remained unaffected, but increased.

“As a parent myself, I would like to place on record my thanks to all the teachers, coaches and volunteers who have worked so hard, in the most difficult of circumstances, to ensure the next generation are given opportunities to grow within, and love the game, that we cherish so deeply.

“Congratulations to all of the schools included and we look forward to hearing about all of your future successes.”

Pictured, YCC tutor Chloe Precious, teaching students at the start of term this year.

The YCC currently runs two qualifications, the NCFE Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport, and Level 3 BTEC in Business, for 16-18 year olds, while also offering opportunities in groundskeeping, sports marketing, physiotherapy among many other areas.

Importantly there are also no tuition fees to attend the college, training kit has a subsidised cost while young people also benefit from a reduced membership with The Gym Group – which has a site in Headingley – as part of their college experience.

Recent success stories include three recent graduates who are part of the Yorkshire Diamonds academy and Yorkshire’s left-arm spinner Sam Wisniewsk.

Nick Robinson added: “They come to us loving cricket, but they leave with qualifications and experience that will set them up for the rest of their lives.”

Yorkshire Cricket College Open Days 2022

Find out more about the fantastic Yorkshire Cricket College here.

There is still time to sign up for next year’s open day on Tuesday, 8th February (7-8pm) at Headingley Stadium, Leeds.

For further details please contact Nick Robinson, the head of the YCC and the Education Manager for the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation, on:

- nick.robinson@yorkshirecricketfoundation.com

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