Cricket at Bede's has continued to go from strength to strength.
We no longer compete just at County and Regional level but are currently considered to be one of the top cricket schools nationally.
The 1st XI have consistently competed at the highest level, including a three-year spell of not losing a 50-over game, and have retained the Langdale Cup for six out of seven years.
These results have come about through the clear understanding of what it takes to compete at the highest level as well as the dedication, enthusiasm and unwavering ambition of both staff and pupils.
We currently have 18 County youth cricketers amongst our ranks, three of which are on the Sussex CCC Academy, and we regularly contribute players to the England development programme.
Beyond this, two Bede's cricketers this year represented Sussex 2nd XI and both are on the Sussex Academy.
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Along with these county cricketers we encourage all to participate in the game. We welcome cricketers of all standards and endeavour to develop their enjoyment of Cricket by involving them all in school fixtures and activities.
We have block fixtures where up to nine teams participate against schools such as Eton, Whitgift, Tonbridge, Hampton and Charterhouse, and also naturally play against all the Sussex-based independent schools.
First Year pupils have the option to join our Junior Cricket Academy which is delivered within the timetable and through which they enjoy two hours of expert tuition per week throughout the academic year.
As pupils move through the School, their number of contact hours then increase, not least through their involvement with our Senior Academy.
Aside from being Director of Cricket at Bede's, I am also a former Sussex, Kent and England cricketer and an ECB Level IV coach – the highest coaching award that can be achieved.
Moreover, I am passionate about the Bede's cricket programme and remain dedicated to ensuring that all participants get the opportunity to develop, fulfil their potential and be the best they can be – whether on the cricket pitch or off.
“ The best thing about my job is seeing a pupil I'm coaching smile because they have achieved something new, improved or had a breakthrough. It gives me a huge buzz. ”
Alan Wells, Director of Cricket and Knights House Tutor
4 September 2019
On Monday 2 September, the Bede’s U15 Girls Cricket team were declared champions at the National Schools Sports Magazine Final.
26 June 2019
Today proved to be a winning day for the Bede's U14 Boys, U15 Girls and U17 cricket teams.
4 June 2019
Freya Kemp, Izzy Atherton and Mimi Cisotti are celebrating fantastic successes in Cricket and Hockey.
I would like to play Cricket professionally, but success in my GCSEs and A Levels is really important to me.Joe Billings, First Year Interviewed in 2013
If you don’t know what to expect from Bede’s, take it from me: this is the most friendly and supportive school you could imagine.Ella Bartram, First Year Interviewed in 2016
I’m Bede’s born and bred, and I have genuinely never met anyone who has joined and said they preferred their old school.Tommy Trenaman, Upper Fifth Interviewed in 2016
Bede's Cricket staff
“The best thing about my job is seeing a student I'm coaching smile because they have achieved something new, improved or had a breakthrough. It gives me a huge buzz.”
Alan Wells, Director of Cricket and Stud House Tutor
“Bede's is a school about offering every individual the opportunity to pursue their passions. It's a great place to work and learn, no matter your age.”
Lenham Neil, Head of Junior Cricket and Dorms House Tutor
“I am motivated not only by an infectious love of sport but also by a desire to see as many children as possible physically and mentally empowered.”
Petch Lenham, Head of Prep School Hockey and Cricket and Head of Senior Girls' Cricket
“I believe that physical fitness is one of the most important keys to a healthy body, and that it forms the basis of a creative, intellectual mind.”
Tony Morriss, Strength and Conditioning Coach
“My hope and ambition as a teacher is to inspire my pupils to be inquisitive and instil within them the desire to always want to find out more.”
Taf Mpandawana, Deputy Dorter Housemaster and Teacher of Science
“It is my job to inspire students at every step, and to help them to reach their potential.”
Mark Rimmington, Director of Academic Performance, Teacher of Business Studies and Dorms House Tutor