Queen Ethelburga’s offers opportunities to be involved in cricket from Years 3 to 13, with lunchtime and after-school activities offered to all students throughout the school year. Building an appreciation and enjoyment of the sport and providing a firm foundation in basic cricket skills underpin the QE approach to this quintessentially English sport.
The curriculum-based work in the summer term is designed to encourage participation in school. The aim is to ensure that each cricketer develops their skills to their full potential.
The school play competitive cricket at all levels, with a comprehensive fixture programme, including matches against local schools and clubs and, at senior level, against county U17 sides, as well as the MCC.
We offer a Performance Sports Programme (PSP), where individual learning, including a personally-tailored strength and conditioning programme, is undertaken.
Present and former students have played at Junior County level, for area teams and for their local clubs. Former students have also represented England U19s and played second XI cricket for their respective counties at senior level.
Coaching is provided by Lead Coach, Mr Andy Rowsell, who is an England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) Level 3 Coach with more than 35 years coaching experience. Formerly EPP Head Coach at Yorkshire County Cricket Club, he was Yorkshire Schools’ U15 Coach for 30 years and continues to work for the ECB on performance programmes and on overseeing the North of England at U15 and U17 level.
Mr Rowsell has led tours to South Africa with junior county sides and more recently to Sri Lanka with the England U16 side. He currently works for the ECB as a scout, identifying talent on the England U19 programme.
Cricket Coach and former Essex County Cricket Club leg spin bowler, Mr Tom Craddock, assists Mr Rowsell in coaching cricket at QE, enhancing the development of young cricketers in all aspects of the game.
QE has close links with county cricket. QE students attend county pathway programmes during the winter. In the senior school, performance programmes mirror the work of both Yorkshire CCC and Durham CCC, where this year, many students are currently working with their respective academies. QE has also established links with the Darren Lehmann Cricket Academy in Adelaide, Australia, which will provide students with cricketing opportunities post 18 years.
QE cricket facilities include a purpose built cricket ground with six grass wickets and one artificial wicket, alongside a net area comprising four artificial surfaces and two grass surfaces. QE is unique in offering floodlit cricket, extending the opportunities for students to play. Find out more, here.