Cricket at King's has always been at the forefront of the school's culture and traditions. It currently has the status of being a Centre of Cricketing Excellence.
The school has also been awarded the status of being one of the first MCC Foundation Hubs, an initiative which will allow local young cricketers to access the brilliant coaching and facilities that King's can provide. It has been a huge success so far and continues to emphasise the school’s growing cricketing reputation.
King's boasts an amazing campus of pitches where six games can be going on at any one time, all against the backdrop of the main school buildings. The school has a number of artificial outdoor nets next to each of the pitches, and we also have an excellent indoor net training facility, including four bowling machines, perfect for our winter training schedule. King's is also highly regarded within ECB development, thanks to the hundreds of cricketers who come down to represent their counties at the summer cricket festivals held at King's College. ( http://www.westcricketfestivals.com/)
The school are also about to build a brand new cricket centre which will be 3 lanes, long run ups and a state of the art training facility for our cricketers. On top of this the centre will also be used for our sports performance and conditioning programme and various other sports and activities such as fencing, dance, aerobics and pilates.
Phil Lewis is currently the Director of Cricket at King's, and is in charge of coaching the 1st XI and our Elite players. We also have three further cricket professionals who help coach at the school. Rob Woodman – batting and fielding (Somerset and Gloucestershire CCC) Dennis Breakwell -spin (Somerset CCC legend) and Ben Phillips- seam bowling (Kent, Northamptonshire, Notts and Somerset CCC) all help with the different facets of the game. We aim to develop players of all abilities and do so with an excellent fixture list against the leading cricket schools, counties and universities in the South West.
A lot of our success can not only be attributed to the excellent facilities and coaching staff throughout the school, but also to the amazing wealth of talent that we have nurtured over the last few years. Jos Buttler, England T20, ODI and Test international wicket keeper, spent 5 years at King’s developing his game. Further to this, we have produced numerous professional cricketers in recent years who have all gone on to play for various major county sides that we have strong links with.
We have two perspectives from a cricketing point of
view. The first is through our EPP (Elite Player Programme), which is designed
for cricketers of any age who are pushing county EPPs or academies with a view
to gaining professional contracts. The other is trying to improve any of our
cricketers who simply love the game and wish to become as good as possible so
that they acquire the skills, knowledge and experience to progress in to
playing at as high a level of club, university or representative cricket as
possible when they leave the school.
For a more in-depth look in to our cricket, Phil Lewis and some of our players featured in a Test match special last summer on the strength of King’s school cricket. Please follow this link: