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21 Sep

YCF and Leeds school set to inspire young cricketers

Students from Cardindal Heenan Catholic High School in Leeds are set to benefit from a new cricket boost.

An innovative cricket facility at Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School, will be launched to help the cricket stars of the future.

New indoor nets, alongside a cricketing equipment boost, thanks to an £8,500 grant from the Yorkshire Sport Foundation, will be unveiled at the Meanwood-based secondary school at a special event on Wednesday, 22 September 2021.

The event will include a cricketing skills masterclass from professional cricket coaches from Pro Coach and a presentation from Nick Robinson, the head of the Yorkshire Cricket College (YCC) –based at the Emerald Headingley Stadium – which provides business and sports qualification for young people aged 16-18 years old.

Working with Cardinal Heenan is a fantastic chance to demonstrate how combining education and physical activity can inspire their learners as they continue their post 16 academic journey – Nick Robinson, the head of the Yorkshire Cricket College

Dominic Kelly, headteacher at Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School, which caters for more than 950 students, said the new facilities would not only be beneficial for Cardinal Heenan, but also the wider community.

Mr Kelly said: “Providing a varied and stimulating curriculum and supporting our wider community is at the heart of what we do here.

“Encouraging our students to develop their skills, increase their physical activities and consider all options open to them beyond school is key to our approach.

“We are delighted to welcome Yorkshire Cricket College and Pro Coach into school to lead this event and hope that this will be the start of an ongoing programme and collaboration between us.”

It is hoped that the event and the new facilities will inspire budding cricket stars of the future while also getting more young people active.

Mr Robinson, the head of the YCC and the Education Manager for the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation, said: “The Yorkshire Cricket College is pleased to be teaming up with Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School to help promote both cricket and further education opportunities to their students.”

Currently the YCC offers two qualifications for students aged 16-18 years old – an NCFE Level 3 Extended Diploma in sport and a Level 3 BTEC In Business.

Previously students have been able to take advantage of a variety of unique opportunities offered by the college. This has included a pre-season tour of South Africa for some warm weather training and to play a number of fixtures against Cape Town based teams.

Mr Robinson added: “Our students benefit from an education that provides a springboard to university, apprenticeships, and employment as well as the chance to spend six hours a week developing their cricketing ability.

“Working with Cardinal Heenan is a fantastic chance to demonstrate how combining education and physical activity can inspire their learners as they continue their post 16 academic journey.”

Yorkshire Cricket College

Find out more about the fantastic Yorkshire Cricket College here.

There is still time to sign up for this year’s college courses, with a the deadline on Friday, 8 October.

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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