We are delighted to announce that Prestfelde School has been named as one of the Top 50 cricketing schools in the UK, published in The Cricketer magazine’s respected Schools Guide 2021.
It follows an exhaustive process that saw a record number of schools submit entries to be included in the guide, despite the ongoing pandemic. All entries were judged against an extensive set of criteria, which included a compelling commitment to cricket in the curriculum, facilities, fixture programmes, and coaching.
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, schools’ 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.”
Mr. Newey, Director of Sport said, “Our inclusion in The Cricketer Schools Guide 2021 is a testament to the hard work and commitment that our pupils, and of course our staff, dedicate every week to Prestfelde Sport and is an achievement we are extremely proud of. An impressive array of sports is offered at Prestfelde with cricket being a major sport for both boys and girls.”
“This recognition is well deserved following several successes in winning the English Schools U13 National Cricket Final and coming 8th in the Country for U11 Cricket for our current pupils and alumni. We were also proud to be listed in 59th position in the top 100 independent schools for sport earlier this year and value the recognition immensely.”
The 148-page guide is bumper-packed with the December issue of The Cricketer (available from November 27). As well as appearing in print alongside the world’s No.1 cricket magazine, the guide will also be made available on The Cricketer website from Tuesday, December 15.