Given the wholehearted commitment to our winter training programme which began in November, we had high hopes for a summer filled with fun, learning opportunities, and hopefully some silverware. Despite the current situation, our young players have fully embraced our remote programme, and are impressing the coaches with their efforts on a daily basis.
Technical sessions are being carried out via our interactive online hub, tactical challenges are giving potential captains a chance to show off their leadership credentials, while they have also been tackling cricket specific strength and conditioning sessions that can be easily completed at home.
In addition, we have also hosted live Q and A sessions with both Worcestershire CCC captain Joe Leach, and former England international James Taylor, with more current professionals scheduled in the coming weeks!
The pupils have engaged with these extremely maturely, and have gained priceless insight into how these players have progressed following their time at Shrewsbury. Our Master I/C Andy Barnard remarked that they have been a privilege to watch and listen to.
Joe, formerly of Moser's Hall, is still thankful for the grounding he gained here, saying of his time at Shrewsbury "I have thought on many, many occasions, that Shrewsbury School, as an experience, without you even realising, sets you up really well for professional sport.". Questions ranged from enquiries about the finer points of captaincy, through to requests for advice on dealing with pressure in the crucial moments.
James, despite going on to represent England at Test and ODI level, still holds Shrewsbury close to his heart, describing his five years here as "Honestly the best time of my life". James spent almost 90 minutes talking through the highs and lows of his stellar career, educating and entertaining in equal measure.
While the cricket season may still be shrouded in uncertainty, the young players here are, in true Salopian style, embracing the challenge head on.