Sport at KES

Girls Cricket

Some of the images in the gallery above are of our U15 age group who reached the Final of the Lady Taveners Indoor Cricket Competition in 2020 which was sadly cut short due to the current COVID 19 situation. We have also had ex-England Ladies Captain Charlotte Edwards in to give our girls coaching masterclass. As well as this we host a regional Prep School Cricket tournament each Summer which sees over 20 Prep schools attend. 

Here we outline the reasons behind this decision and give information about how the programme will look.

Cricket has been introduced as the major team sport for girls in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd years at King Edward’s in the summer term of 2019 and it is an option to girls in other age groups right the way through the school. This is an exciting innovation to our programme and one which reflects the rapid growth in the ladies game in recent years spearheaded by the rise of the England ladies team to World Champions.

Reasons for the change

More girls playing cricket than ever before in schools and local clubs, growth of cricket in our feeder schools as well as to raise the profile of girls’ summer sport by playing a sport that is more widely recognised nationally. To provide a clear pathway for the more able to achieve district and county representation and to benefit from the partnership being developed with Hampshire County Cricket Club. 

Delivery

Cricket will be taught to all 1st, 2nd and 3rd year girls in their double games lessons and every year group will have an allocated after school cricket practice. Cricket will be an option for girls in all other age groups.

Formats

With little guidance available from the ECB we are able to choose the formats that best suit our players. We will ensure that those chosen will be most appropriate for the ability of the players.

Those with cricket experience will be involved in hardball cricket and will play competitive matches against other schools, both in all girls teams and in mixed teams at the appropriate level depending on the opposition. These are likely to be the conventional format of limited overs.

Those with less experience will play softball matches against other schools using a range of formats. These are likely to be pairs cricket giving all players the opportunity to bowl and batters more opportunity to bat without fear of being out. Pairs cricket also means all players have the same opportunity to make contribution to the team performance.

Coaching

Coaching will be led by experienced cricket staff at King Edwards’ complimented by external support from Hampshire County Cricket Club.

Playing Kit

Those involved in hardball matches will be expected to wear cricket white trousers and their white summer polo shirt. Those involved in softball pairs matches will wear whiten polo shirt and navy skirt. Those playing hardball should purchase their own abdominal protector but no other specialist equipment needs purchasing. The school will provide bats, pads, gloves and helmets.

Other Opportunities

There are a number of local clubs with thriving girls sections and Mr Penn can direct any interested players to a club local to them.

We are also hoping to develop further close links with Hampshire CCC which will open up more opportunities to our students.