“Coming to King’s played a large part in my development and not just in cricket but all round, and in all sports and education.”
- Jos Buttler
We're delighted to announce that King's College is named in the top 100 cricketing senior schools schools in the country, with King's Hall named in the top 50 prep schools.
From the The Cricketer Schools Guide 2021
The Cricketer has published its 'Schools Guide 2021', featuring the top 100 senior, the top 50 prep/junior, and for the first time, the top 20 all-girls schools in a bumper 148-page supplement at the end of last month.
It follows an exhaustive process which 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.”
Why Play Cricket?
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.
With a long-standing relationship with Somerset County Cricket Club, King's is delighted to be renewing its partnership, along side King's Hall, under our umbrella, King's Schools, Taunton.
As part of
the new partnership, King’s sponsored players Eddie Byrom, Nathan Gilchrist and
King’s Hall parent, James Hildreth, in 2019.
and Somerset County Cricket Club have a long tradition of sporting excellence
on the field and have played a vital role in the development of young sportsmen
and women in Somerset for over 100 years.
Bowled Over by Outstanding Facilities
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. For more information on these events, click here.
We opened the doors to our brand new cricket centre, which boasts three lanes, long run ups and a state-of-the-art training facility for our cricketers. On top of this, the centre is also be used for our sports performance and conditioning programme and various sports and activities such as fencing, dance, aerobics and pilates.
First Class Cricketers
Phil Lewis is the Director of Sport at King's, and coaches the 1st XI and our elite players. Head of Cricket, Rob Woodman (Somerset and Gloucestershire CCC) specialises in batting and fielding, and Alex Barrow (Somerset CCC) batting and wicket keeping. Both coaches 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.
King's has produced numerous professional cricketers in recent years, many of whom have gone on to play for various major county sides that we have strong links with, as well as at international level. However, it is not just at the top end of the school that we are producing top players. Throughout the school there are numerous county players representing their age groups, all of whom are hoping to follow in the same footsteps as Jos Buttler and the rest of our recent professional cricketers. These also include the aforementioned Alex Barrow, as well as Craig Meschede, Neil Brand, Charlie Morris, Tom Banton, Nathan Gilchrist and Eddie Byrom
King's Cricketing Vision
We have two areas of focus. 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 they can 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 school cricket at King’s. To watch the video, click here.
For fixtures, results and match reports, please click here.
Our new Sports Performance and Cricket Centre was opened by former pupil and England cricketer, Jos Buttler.
Opportunities for Girls
Girls' cricket at King’s goes from strength-to-strength. The girls train regularly, especially during the Summer Term, and we run an U15 team and a 1st team. During the winter the girls can join in with the boys' training, but we also provide girl-specific training.
The girls have been regulars on the local competition circuit, taking part and winning a number of competitions (the Lady Taverners indoor tournament on a number of occasions, county tournaments, and the Broderick Cup event (Somerset Schools' girls cricket tournament)) as well as attending MCC Women's training events, and playing regular fixtures against local schools and clubs.
The girls made history last year by playing the first ever junior girls' house cricket matches on the first team wicket. This was a huge success and the girls really enjoyed playing. This year we are planning to run a junior and senior inter-house cricket competition. It continues to grow!
We currently have five county cricket players in the junior side and two county cricketers in the senior sides. Girls are also able to access the EPP programme that the school runs. This programme aims to support players into the professional game. The girls are also looking forward to training in what will be our brand new state of the art cricket center this coming spring.
The school has two dedicated cricket coaches who come in to specifically run our girls' cricket including Sophie Luff (Somerset, and Western Storm cricketer). Phil Lewis and our cricket professional Robert Woodman also help out with the programme. The girls continue to develop, but what is most important to us is how much they enjoy the game here.
For fixtures, results and match reports, please click here.
Would you like to improve your cricket skills in 2020? Then why not join up to one of our unique Cricket Clinics! These full-day workshops will incorporate batting, bowling and fielding skills, as well as the use of bowling machines and nets. All abilities and experience welcome.
Our special Christmas Cricket Clinic will see participants utilise our new Sports Performance and Cricket Centre (SPCC). This will include the use of the Merlin Spin Bowling Machine, as well as other fast bowling machines. The clinic will be led by expert coaches Rob Woodman and Alex Barrow. For further details and to book your place, please email RJWoodman@kings-taunton.co.uk.To Book Christmas Cricket Clinic