Cricket at Fulneck School

Mr R Walker

Director of Sport

Cricket at Fulneck School ​

Cricket has been a longstanding part of the summer term here at Fulneck School and over the years, Fulneck has established a rich connection with first-class cricketers including, England captain and record breaker Len Hutton and his son Richard Hutton, England and Yorkshire Cricketer Major William Booth and also Ashes legend Matthew Hoggard, who all started their journey to become professionals as young players at our School. 

Fulneck School has a thriving all-year round cricket programme that is run by Mr Walker (Director of Sport) and Paul Hutchison (Yorkshire, Sussex, Middlesex, and England A). This includes weekly sessions and access to individualised Strength & Conditioning programmes as part of our sports scholarship programme, all of which go towards preparing our students to play competitive fixtures in the summer term. 

We were delighted to receive recognition earlier this year from The Cricketers School Guide 2022, as we were placed in the ‘Highly Commended’ category for our significant commitment to cricket and with The R66T Cricket Academy starting at Fulneck School in September 2022, this is the start of a very exciting journey to continue the development of cricket excellence across our school.

At the start of this season, we have introduced our cricket playing philosophy and over the course of this term and beyond, we will look to embed these important values into all students, so they can develop as individuals and become more confident and competent in their abilities to bat, bowl and field, whilst fostering a love for the game.

This year the cricket season is well underway at Fulneck and we are certainly looking forward to a full schedule of fixtures and tournaments throughout the summer term.  At this time of year, other than the smell of freshly cut grass up on our top field, there is nothing better than hearing the sound of a leather cricket ball being struck by a bat made of English willow. 

With nearly half a million girls under the age of 16 playing cricket every week (ECB, 2021), cricket is currently one of the fastest growing sports in the UK for girls. This coupled with the launch of The Hundred competition last Summer, it has certainly accelerated the profile of the women’s game. On the back of this success we are delighted to be starting our second season with our girls at Fulneck playing competitive cricket fixtures. 

Our girls will next be in action away at Woodhouse Grove on Thursday 19th May. This year our girls are also entered into the Society of Heads Cricket competitions that will take place at the County Ground in Scarborough (North Marine Road), which is home to a number of County Championship and One Day games for Yorkshire CCC and I am sure this will be one of their season highlights.

Last week we welcomed guest coach Mark Lawson who has played professional cricket for Kent, Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Middlesex and it was great to draw on his knowledge and expertise. Mark was very complimentary of the progress all players had made during the winter, and collectively as a department we look forward to seeing team and individual success in our upcoming fixtures throughout the season. 

Please come along and show your support and all details for all upcoming cricket fixtures can be seen using the following link: Fulneck School | Sports Home


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