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, and have retained the County Langdale Cup for 9 out of the last 12 years. Our U17 team were National Runners Up in 2019; our U15 Boys were named National Champions in 2018; and our U15 Girls were declared National Champions twice in 2019.
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 take pride in celebrating exceptional achievements, whilst catering for pupils of all abilities.
Our underlining philosophy is to take a holistic approach to develop young people through instilling Team Bede's core values.We ensure a positive experience so that pupils will continue to enjoy the sport throughout school and beyond - whether they hope to play sport professionally or for fun.
Alan Wells, Director of Cricket
Our cricket provision is extensive, with the opportunity for pupils to train at least three times a week and play matches throughout the Summer Term, alongside an indoor cricket programme in the winter months.
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As well as a highly-competitive fixture list playing against other top cricketing schools across the country, we organise an annual overseas training camp and regular international tours. We run fifteen boys and girls’ teams, allowing for high levels of participation.
Coaching is led by our Director of Cricket, Alan Wells, former Sussex, Kent and England cricketer and Level 4 coach. His expert team includes former Sussex cricketer and Level 3 coach, Neil Lenham; former England and Women's World Cup winning cricketer, Sarah Taylor; and Level 3 Coach, Petch Lenham.
Our bespoke Cricket Academies are available to pupils of all year groups, through which they have access to a fully-planned programme delivered by all coaches and dedicated time within our Co-Curricular Programme. We have strong links with County partners Sussex and Kent, and many of our pupils are involved in County teams and pathways. Four of our current pupils are in the Sussex Academy, and one is in the England Ladies Senior Academy.
A high percentage of Bede’s players are selected for National and Representative programmes, including Sussex CCC and England. Cricketing alumni include Shai Hope, Barbados and West Indies; Sarah Taylor, England; Luke Wells, Sussex; Delray Rawlins, Sussex and Bermuda; Ollie Rayner, Middlesex and Sussex; Callum Jackson, Kent and Sussex; Fynn Hudson-Prentice, Derbyshire and Sussex. During the 2018/19 season, six Bede’s pupils or alumni were in action for either the Sussex 1st or 2nd XI.