WORTHING HIGH SCHOOL CRICKET ACADEMY LAUNCHED
The launch event took place on Monday 30th June with over 200 year 5&6 students from Broadwater, Chesswood, Downsbrook, Thomas A Becket, Vale and Downsbrook middle attending. Students were taught by Worthing High School sport leaders and Sussex coaches in the morning developing their cricket skills and completed a carousal of activities.
Marie Field Leader of Physical Education said ‘What a wonderful event – it is so nice to see so many young students active and engaged in cricket. Our sports leaders from year 9 were exceptional. The cricket academy will start in September where students of all ages and abilities can get involved by joining the mass participation club, going for trials and becoming academy cricket players or following the leadership pathway and becoming skilled as coaches or officials. It’s a very exciting venture for Worthing High School and Sussex Cricket Board.’
Steve Feazey Cricket Development Manager added ‘we are thrilled to be entering into a partnership with Worthing High School. The academy programme will give students the opportunity to play more cricket throughout the year and our aim is to continue to improve the standard of player in the Worthing area. Through the academy programme, the leadership pathway programme and mass participation club, we will ultimately see a positive long term effect on the cricket clubs in the local area, as well as the school and it’s students. The launch was a great success and we are looking forward to getting the ball rolling in September.’
In the afternoon students participated in a tournament where the Sussex’s mascot ‘Sid the Shark’ joined in with the fun. Excellent cricket was on display all day. Students played several games before moving in a number of cup, plate and shield competitions. The overall final was played between TAB 1 and Vale 1 – with some fantastic fielding and batting skills on show. TAB 1 were victorious and were crowned Worthing High Schools first academy cricket tournament winners. Lewis Hatchett from Sussex CCC arrived in the afternoon to present the medals and trophy. Worthing High School are already looking forward to the tournament next year.
Cup Winners: Thomas A Becket
Runners Up: The Vale