Myerscough College’s cricket study programme at Emirates Old Trafford has been named among the best in the country by The Cricketer magazine, for the third year in a row.
The Cricketer has published its Good Schools Guide 2021, 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 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 lockdown and travel restrictions. 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 says: ‘’It’s great to be recognised in the guide again.
‘’Our centre at Lancashire County Cricket club 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.
‘’Three of our graduates signed professional contracts with Lancashire for the 2020 season, 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.
‘’It’s been a tough year, and circumstances continue to be challenging, but hopefully as we head towards 2021 we’ll be able to secure more fantastic fixtures and experiences for our students.’’
The Cricketer magazine editor, Simon Hughes, said: “This year’s Schools Guide is particularly important in showcasing our schools who have kept the game alive through a very challenging summer. Whether it has been remote video sessions, drills in the garden or even Zoom quizzes, school and college cricket has emerged resolutely from this pandemic and the appetite to get back out on the playing fields is palpable.
“There should be deserved praise for all the teachers, coaches and volunteers who have put in so much hard work, in the most difficult of circumstances, to preserve a love of the game among the next generation.
“Congratulations to all of the schools included and we 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).
by Dave Salmon