Sporting partnership with Essex Cricket

Partner: Essex Cricket
Partner type: Community Group
Project category: Sporting Partnerships

A formal school partnership with Essex Cricket was put in place in 2011, following many years of collaboration. Essex Cricket enjoy the use of many of Felsted's cricket facilities, include the well known 'The Front' cricket pitch, located in front of the school's historical and iconic main building. Felsted enjoys making use of community deals to ensure our young Felstedians can enjoy access to expert tuition, matches and the support of a county cricket ground. Essex Cricket and Felsted run joint training camps for budding young cricketers from across the region. Those reaching a high level can apply for a Felsted Sports Scholarship, which may be topped up by a bursary, subject to means testing.

Aims of the project

The aim is to provide a professional sporting partnership for talented young cricketers. Those reaching a high level can apply for a Felsted Sports Scholarship, which may be topped up by a bursary, subject to means testing.

Background and goals

Felsted has had a close collaboration with Essex Cricket for many years. This was formalised in 2011 as part of a formal agreement to benefit our pupils and community. The Headmaster at the time, Dr Mike Walker, and Felsted's Director of Cricket, Jason Gallian, identified the opportunity alongside the Commerical Director at Esses Cricket.

Resources

Felsted's Director of Cricket works closely with Essex Cricket to identify opportunities to strengthen relations with Essex Cricket to the benefit of the pupils.

Impact

We have had a number of pupils use the professional pathway to continue their talents post school, playing for county senior sides including Essex.

Pupil involvement

Pupils are involved with Essex from the age of approx 7 years of age.

Felsted has both boys and girls playing for Essex junior sides and is currently enjoying the status of National Champions, both indoor and outdoor, for their U15 girls.

Frequency and duration

The relationship is annual, renewed on a biennual basis.