Yorkshire Cricket College enjoy 10-day South Africa tour
Last month the Yorkshire Cricket College’s second-year students enjoyed a hard-working but highly rewarding 10-day tour of South Africa.
The students played five matches against local opposition and undertook several training sessions as they prepare to complete the two-year programme in a few months time.
The college, based at the Headingley Indoor Cricket Centre and run by the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation, offers 16-18-year-olds an alternative to college or sixth form whilst still studying for a
nationally recognised qualification.
Completion of the course sees you earn a BTEC level three extended diploma in sport, alongside representing the college against other institutions from around the country.
The students and staff set off for Johannesburg on the morning of March 15th before completing two days of training, followed by two days of matches.
The tour was then broken up by a trip to the Sun City resort in the North West of the country which included a game drive into the heart of the South African bushland, before returning to base to complete the scheduled games against local opposition.
Yorkshire County Cricket Club were training at the same place as the college students, alongside players from Durham CCC and Nottinghamshire CCC.
This gave them the perfect opportunity to observe top professionals in action, and Harry Wilkinson was even afforded the chance to keep wicket for the Yorkshire County side in a two-day match.
All staff and students thoroughly enjoyed their time on tour and the trip is set to be an annual event for second-year college students.
On the tour, YCF Education Manager Nick Robinson said:
Despite being incredible preparation for the coming season, the trip was about far more than just cricket. The opportunity to train and play in a much warmer climate, and at altitude provided a great challenge. However, I believe that the memories and bonds made and both on and off the pitch will remain with the group for years to come.
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