Bede’s Junior Cricket Academy works to develop aspiring cricketers long before pupils are eligible to join us in the First Year.
On Saturday mornings, for example, elite cricketers from Bede’s Prep School and from outside the Trust join our Junior Academy and take part in a comprehensive training programme.
Beyond this, when talented cricketers apply to join Bede’s in the First Year, our Head of First Year Liam Backler identifies those children who have signalled a passion for cricket. Bede’s Cricket Development Coach Neil Lenham and I then identify from those pupils’ references who qualifies to join our unique Junior Cricket Academy.
The Academy sees promising players attending training inside their academic timetable twice a week, during which they receive personalised coaching depending on their needs, talents and any other requirements.
Within the Academy schedule, the players also receive Strength and Conditioning from our Head of Strength and Conditioning Tony Morriss and elsewhere we provide training every lunchtime, during Activity Time three days a week and on Saturday mornings.
In any given week, an elite Junior Academy cricketer could receive anything up to 10 hours of practise year-round, depending on their other commitments.
Those pupils who show sufficient promise to follow cricket into a career pathway then have the option, as they head into the Lower Fifth, to drop a GCSE option and replace it with individual cricket development with myself and Neil Lenham.
This naturally has to have the blessing of our Academic Deputy Head, John Tuson.
We believe this provision to be unique amongst independent schools, and enables our Junior Academy players to regularly compete at 1st XI level irrespective of their age.
“ 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.
Junior Academy 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 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