24th November 2021 — Spratton Hall are overjoyed to once again been recognised by The Cricketer magazine as one of the top 50 cricketing prep schools in the country.
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, and this year the judges also took into account how schools kept the game alive during the pandemic.
The coaching staff at Spratton put every effort into making summer 2021’s cricket season as ‘normal’ as possible. Following the DfE guidelines carefully, the children initially played competitive matches within their school year bubbles, before becoming one of the first schools to resume inter-school matches and welcome their supporters back to the boundaries. By the end of term, the School had played multiple fixtures, enjoyed a tour to Yorkshire, and several girls and boys had proudly taken up places in County teams.
With nine skilled cricket coaches and fantastic facilities, including 8 Astro Nets, 3 Grass Nets, 10 Grass Wickets, 6 Astro Wickets and an Indoor Sports’ Dome, Spratton Hall has a philosophy of ‘cricket for all’. Cricket has been the main summer sport for both boys and girls since 2018. The girls have enthusiastically taken to playing cricket and those that were happy to play hard ball cricket, took up places in the ‘Boys’ cricket teams to create a number of mixed teams from summer 2021.
Head Master Simon Clarke, is once again proud of the School’s inclusion: ‘It is a testament to our first-rate coaches and fantastic facilities, that cricket at Spratton has been such a success story this year, despite the earlier restrictions. Several girls and boys play for County teams and the School has played host to multiple teams, hosting up to 11 matches in a single day. We are looking forward to an exciting season next year!’
The Cricketer magazine editor Huw Turbervill sums up: “…I would like to place on record my thanks to all the teachers, coaches and volunteers who have worked so hard, in the most difficult of circumstances, to ensure the next generation are given opportunities to grow within, and love the game, that we cherish so deeply. “Congratulations to all of the schools included and we look forward to hearing about all of your future successes.”