Myerscough College’s cricket study programme at Emirates Old Trafford has been named among the best in the country by The Cricketer magazine, for a second time.
The Cricketer has published its Good Schools Guide 2020, featuring its top 100 schools and providers. It follows an exhaustive process which saw a record number of schools submit entries to be included in the guide. All entries were judged against an extensive set of criteria, with the chosen schools having outstanding facilities, fixture programmes and coaching.
Students at 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 to South Africa next Spring. The programme has also supported a number of females through study, who have successfully integrated into the course.
Dan Atkinson is the Programme Leader for the course, and also coaches and organises fixtures.
Dan said: ‘’Our centre at Lancashire County Cricket club has grown massively over the last few years. This has meant that the cricket has grown tremendously in that time from three fixtures to now over thirty competitive fixtures. We are able to attract students from all over the country who wish to combine their college education with a High Performance Cricket Programme.
‘’We are currently busy expanding our programme as we prepare to take increasing numbers of students, meaning that we are taking on more teaching staff, coaching staff and support staff. We are also busily engaging with more and more local clubs and schools within the local area as we play more and more fixtures and use more grounds to host our games.
‘’Our tour to South Africa is something that we do every year, and it’s an amazing opportunity for our students.
‘’We have a very small and experienced staff and the environment is incredibly supportive, allowing our students to flourish both academically and on the cricket pitch. We have had incredible success with a limited budget whilst offering education and cricket free of charge to the student.’’
The Cricketer magazine editor, Simon Hughes, commented: “The Schools Guide is, as ever, a fantastic publication that celebrates schools cricket and gives deserved praise to all those teachers and coaches who put in the hard work to develop our future club, county and international cricketers. Having watched many schools matches this summer I am pleased to report that the standard of cricket programmes and the level of passion for the game is as high as ever.
“Schools cricket has certainly benefited from this incredible year for the sport.
“Congratulations to all of the schools included and I look forward to hearing about all of your future successes.’’
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). To find out more about study for 2020, CLICK HERE
by Dave Salmon