For a fifth time, Myerscough College’s cricket study programme at Emirates Old Trafford has been named among the best in the country by The Cricketer magazine.
The Cricketer has published its Good Schools Guide 2024, featuring its top 100 schools and providers. All entries were judged against an extensive set of criteria, with the chosen schools having outstanding facilities, fixture programmes and coaching.
This included a compelling commitment to cricket in the curriculum, facilities, fixture programmes and coaching, and how they look to ensure cricket remains a central part of school or college life.
Students at Emirates Old Trafford enrol on a Level 3 programme in Cricket Studies, based at Lancashire County Cricket Club. As well as academic study and training, as part of their course they enjoy a large number of competitive fixtures, including an overseas tour, subject to ongoing Coronavirus travel restrictions. The programme has also supported a number of females through study, who have successfully integrated into the course.
The centre continues to go from strength-to-strength and this means we can attract students from all over the country who wish to combine their college education with a High Performance Cricket Programme.
A number of our graduates signed professional contracts with Lancashire and other counties over the last few seasons, and it is a testament to Myerscough’s cricket study programmes that the College is able to attract and support talented young cricketers who can combine their cricket and education together.
Myerscough is one of only a small number of non-fee paying schools currently included in the guide, with programmes designed to help students improve as cricketers, and also gain valuable UCAS points, should they wish to go on to higher education.
Myerscough also offers provision at the main Preston campus, with further and higher education study programmes in Cricket Studies (Level 3) and Cricket Coaching and Performance (Foundation Degree).
Andrew Massey, lecturer in cricket at Old Trafford, said: ‘’We are extremely proud that Myerscough College Old Trafford has been ranked in the UK's best schools for cricket in The Cricketer's Schools Guide 2024.
‘’Our team at Old Trafford work tirelessly to ensure our students receive some of the best academic and cricket provision in the country.
‘’Our course has challenged private school cricket programmes year on year and despite our limitations at times we now have a programme that makes cricket inclusive for all whilst providing students to the opportunity to be the best people they can be.
‘’We take great pride in our offer and continue to look for new ways to enhance student learning and progression.
‘’On a personal note I would like to thank the parents, students, NGBs and stakeholders for supporting our journey so far as your time and efforts mean we can make our vision a reality.’’