Shrewsbury School

Cricket Update - Fielding a Unique Programme

Friday 12 June 2020

An update on Cricket at Shrewsbury School during the Summer Term 2020 illustrating how our young players, in true Salopian style, have been embracing the challenge head on.

A unique programme for all our young cricketers, with a wide variety of content covering a range of developmental areas, has been provided to pupils during Summer Term 2020. Pupils across all age groups and ability levels have accessed all resources via our weekly diary, and interacting regularly via video conferencing, phone calls and emails.

Live Q and A sessions

We have hosted unique live Q and A session every week, each featuring an Old Salopian who has progressed to the professional game. James Taylor joined us for an incredible 90-minute session, taking in the highs and lows of his inspiring story.

Other guests have included Joe Leach, Ed Barnard, George Garrett and Ruaidhri Smith, each giving priceless advice to our young players.

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 in each session ranged from enquiries about the finer points of captaincy, through to requests for advice on dealing with pressure in the crucial moments.

James, who went 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".

Mr Barnard, Teacher in Charge of Cricket, comments:

“When OS with first class and international cricket experience allow us, and our pupils, into their homes, their hearts and their mindsets, we all grow from the experience and glow in the warmth that they continue to show for the School in the past, present and future. It was our privilege to have them be part of our remote programme this summer.”

Technical skill work

Players have been provided with themed skill sessions each week, with several levels of progression built in, enabling pupils to test themselves while attempting batting, bowling and fielding drills in their own environments.

Online interactive Flipgrid pages have also been created for the players to participate in challenges and receive tailored, individual feedback from our team of full-time coaching staff.

Tactical Challenges

Budding captains have tackled several hypothetical scenarios, including, among others, leading the side through the last few overs of a T20 semi-final, and selecting a squad and outlining tactical plans for an end of season tournament.

Physical conditioning

In addition to the School’s excellent strength and conditioning provision, our partners at Lancashire CCC have given us access to their “at home” cricket conditioning programme, covering speed work, stamina building sessions, and upper and lower body strength exercises that can all be completed without gym access.

In addition to the key features above, pupils have also enjoyed:

  • Replays of Shrewsbury School matches from previous years

  • Access to our online dashboard, containing indexed Shrewsbury School player highlights from the past three seasons
  • Login details for Glamorgan CCC’s remote offering, including drills, masterclasses, and tips from their professional coaching staff
  • An online umpiring course from the ECB
  • A guide to cricket groundsmanship and pitch preparation

 Mr Barnard, Teacher in Charge of Cricket, added:

“Our remote programme led by Adam Shantry, Gwenan Davies and Will Hughes has allowed our cricketers, of all ability, to stay in touch with the game throughout the summer term. We were never going to replace the ‘real thing’ but we have tried our best to keep the boys and girls’ skills, fitness and knowledge progressing. I think the staff have done a great job.”


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