A SCHOOL in Ellesmere has confirmed it will be running its cricket development scheme for the second year, having trialled it last year.

Ellesmere College took up the Cricket Development Programme with Academy Pathway in 2021, a programme which focuses on individual player development.

The school trialled the scheme for pupils of all ages from Year 3 onwards and the programme will be used again when the season gets underway this month.

The director of cricket at Ellesmere College, Gareth Owen called the programme a success.

Mr Owen added: "A large number of boys and girls receive their certificates as a milestone to the start of their cricket journey through the pathway.

"We are delighted to be launching it on a more formal basis this year along with a new school cricket kit providing welcome additional impetus.

"The school aims to provide talented young cricketers with the chance to receive top-level coaching and playing opportunities in outstanding surroundings and facilities whilst furthering their education.

"Any boy or girl wishing to play cricket has the opportunity to do so and anyone aspiring to become a county and or professional cricketer has the opportunity to progress."

The aspirational School Cricket Pathway has led to some students being called up, including Ben Gibbon who recently signed a professional contract with Worcestershire County Cricket Club and Georgia Munro who has played for Wales and has been selected to join Western Force Academy, based in the South- West and Wales.

Mr Owen said the programme encourages players to be leaders.

He added: "Girls cricket continues to progress and school history was made when two girls, Georgia Munro and Emily Ashley, played in the 1st XI cricket team against the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) last year.”

For more information about cricket opportunities at Ellesmere College visit www.ellesmere.com