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23 Nov

Yorkshire Cricket College named one of best for cricket

The top UK cricket schools have been announced in The Cricketer Schools Guide 2023.

The Yorkshire Cricket College (YCC) has been 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 for cricket.

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The award-winning YCC, which was also included in the prestigious guide last year, supports 77 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.

Pictured Ottis Gibson, Yorkshire CCC head coach giving Yorkshire Cricket College students a team talk at Headingley this year.

Nick Robinson, the head of the YCC, said: “It’s a great honour and privilege to be included in The Cricketer’s 2023 Schools Guide and recognised alongside amazing cricketing schools.

“The recognition reflects our coaches’ and tutors hard work and dedication to our young people. The whole Yorkshire Cricket College team works incredibly hard to support young people and help them to achieve their dreams.

“As a team we take huge delight in watching our young people blossom as they take advantage of our superb facilities and teaching and Headingley.

“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.”

Pictured Nick Robinson, head of Yorkshire Cricket College. Photo credit: Younis Khan | Vertu Motors Plc.

This year’s prestigious roll call of schools – which features both state-funded and private establishments – was finalised after an exhaustive selection process that saw a huge number submit entries for inclusion in the guide.

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

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The Cricketer gathered entries and compiled the leading lists, consulting former England star Lydia Greenway and her coaching initiative Cricket For Girls to select the top 20 all-girls schools.

Huw Turbervill, The Cricketer magazine editor, said: “I’ve read some inspirational stories working on this year’s guide. Take Mim Aldred, an allrounder playing in the boys’ 1st XI at Dragon School in Oxford. On tour she hit an unbeaten 50, then came back to bowl a triple-wicket maiden in the last over with the opposition requiring two to win. These really are tomorrow’s heroes today.”

The Cricketer researches and produces the Schools Guide annually.

The 2023 Schools Guide is included alongside the December issue of The Cricketer magazine – the world’s No.1 cricket magazine.

The guide will also be made available digitally on thecricketer.com from Friday, 9 December.

The Cricketer researches and produces the Schools Guide annually, with the 2023 edition being supported by Durant Cricket – one of the country’s leading suppliers of cricket ground equipment.

Cristian Durant, managing director of Durant Cricket, commented: “We have supported The Cricketer’s sterling coverage of school’s cricket, which showcases the fantastic job coaches and staff are doing for grassroots cricket, for many years. Long may it continue. Enjoy the winter, and best of luck for the 2023 season.”

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