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15 December 2016

Cricket Excellence Award for King's

King’s College has received a Special Award for Excellence by The Cricketer Magazine in their recently published A to Z of the Top 100 Schools.

More than 250 schools in mainland Britain were nominated for the supplement, of which, the top 100 were selected following a strict criteria of guidelines.

King’s has been named as one of only seven schools to be given the Special Award for Excellence – the only one in the south-west – which is a significant achievement for a school of only 460 pupils. This isn’t the first time that King’s has been singled out for their cricketing prowess – a few years ago they were named as the Wisden School of the Year.

King’s has an enviable record for producing a large number of cricketers who have gone on to play at the highest level. Former pupils include England’s Jos Buttler, who joined the school as a 13-year-old, and five years later left to join the Somerset CCC playing staff.

In 2016 King’s won the National Under 15 Schools’ Cup, which every cricket playing school in the country enters. This was probably their biggest achievement. Another success story was the number of girls who are now playing cricket at school, enabling them to field both a First XI and an Under 15 team.

Commenting on this acknowledgement of King’s continuing success, Phil Lewis, Head of Cricket said: “I think the main reason we have been given an Excellence Award is because we have been able to sustain a programme over a period of time that is suitable for all levels of ability, whether they are beginners or top players.

“Another bonus is that our girls’ cricket has come on substantially and we are currently developing that strand with a specific training programme starting after Christmas. This will include regular input from England Academy and Western Storm player Sophie Luff.”

Phil added: “This award recognises that it is not just what we do for the elite cricketers but what we can do for everybody.

“This is recognition of the hard work that has been put in over a long period of time and what the school puts into all of the sports that are played here.

“We are not only considered as one of the best 100 schools but one of the top schools for cricket in the country. With what we have got coming through, our age groups and with the new Cricket Centre being built, this is only going to get better.”

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