Cricket is the main summer sport for boys and girls at Mount Kelly with pupils enjoying two to three sessions per week plus regular access to the nets during their free time.
The Under 8s and 9s play pairs cricket where all players are required to bat and bowl. Pupils start by using a 'windball' and progress on to a hardball as they develop their skills. Fixtures are played against other schools, mainly in the second part of the term.
Under 11s play mainly eleven-a-side matches with the occasional pairs hardball match. This age group has fixtures on most Wednesdays throughout the term.
Older pupils only play eleven-a-side hardball cricket, with regular matches on Wednesday afternoons; some of these matches are limited overs and some are the traditional 'time' matches where declarations and draws are possible.
Girls sides will play varying forms of cricket whilst at the Prep School. Some girls are selected to play for Boys Cricket sides when appropriate.
In recent years we have had a number of players represent the Devon Cricket Board at various age levels from U9 - U13.
James Carr originates from Plymouth and has played cricket at county and regional level, captaining Devon from U14 to U17 and playing until U21. James has played at Premier League level with Plympton CC, where he is still involved when time permits.
With a passion for coaching and teaching, James completed his studies at Plymouth Marjon University and went on to work as Cricket Development Officer for Hertfordshire Cricket Board. James has coached across numerous Devon age groups, from U12 to U15 boys and girls, and was Head Coach for Devon Women, winning a national cup with Devon U13 girls. In Hertfordshire, James coached for the county and elite training programmes.
James is currently working at Mount Kelly and Tavistock College, and has been County Coach for the Devon U12 and U13 boys for the past three years and is Head Coach of the Youth Development Centre for Torbay.
Mount Kelly is proud to be working in partnership with the prestigious Marylebone Cricket Club Foundation (MCCF). Mount Kelly was recently nominated as an MCCF Hub, joining 38 other Hubs around the country. The aim of the MCCF Hubs programme is to boost cricketing opportunities for talented children from state schools in the UK. Specialist sessions include technical, tactical, strength and conditioning and game based learning. The cricket training is free of charge for state educated children in Year 7 (11 to 12 years old) and if interest is high, trials will be held to select participants. The high quality coaching for the Hub is delivered by Brenden Worth, who has been coaching cricket for many years and has won the Outstanding Services to Cricket Award for his community engagement coaching. Mount Kelly is delighted to be supporting the development of cricket and young people in the local community through the MCCF programme.
For more information or to register your interest please contact Brenden Worth at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07889518433