A record number of school children from Years 2 to 8 will be playing cricket and being coached new skills and techniques thanks to the 2017 Rathbones Spring Term Cricket Courses.

The sessions have proved hugely popular over the last 10 years and this spring’s run has exceeded expectations with sessions already fully booked and a number of children on the waiting list.

The courses are open to both girls and boys and run for ten weeks commencing mid January. Run by qualified coaches, the sessions are held on Wednesdays at Oakfield and Fridays at Les Quennevais and at Langford Sports Centre.

The hardball cricket sessions have been hugely successful since they were first introduced in 2015 for youngsters from Years 6, 7 and 8 to give some their first opportunity to use a hardball. This season the Wednesday and Friday sessions filled up within just three days of the application forms being released online at gov.je.

Lee Meloy, Jersey Cricket Development Manager, commented “It’s fantastic to see the numbers of children taking part increasing every year and we will be reviewing the courses to see what more can be done in the future. We’re really grateful to Rathbones for helping to provide these youngsters with the first step on the pathway towards playing international cricket.”

Thrilled to be supporting the courses again this season, Rathbones Managing Director, Jonathan Giles added “We are delighted to continue our support of this fantastic development programme.

These Courses are an important part of our on-going commitment to promoting sporting activities in the Island and we look forward to seeing our home grown cricketers develop this season.”

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