Our 2012 Cassidy Scholar, Joe Carrasco (Rt LVI) came to Shrewsbury from Llanfyllin High School.
Joe's main sport is cricket - he was Shropshire Young Player of the Year in both 2009 and 2010, and he is also in the Worcestershire CCC cricket academy. Football comes a fairly close second; Joe has been playing in his local U16 and U18 teams for some years, and has also represented Powys as a goalkeeper. His school team were the Powys champions, and he is also a member of the TNS Academy, in Oswestry. Joe has also represented his school in both tennis and rugby, and was the 80m Powys hurdles champion. Joe played for Shropshire U17s and U21s this summer. He also played for Oswestry 1st X1 in the Birmingham League and helped them win promotion to Division 2.
One of Joe's big influences growing up was his father Dave who played a few games of cricket for Shropshire and was goal keeper for English Universities – "he is always there to provide support and advice, and keeps my feet firmly on the ground."
"My expectations of the school before arriving were the high standard of sports facilities and coaching on offer and I certainly have not been disappointed. Although cricket is my main sport, I have enjoyed the football so far, playing for both the house and the school 2nd X1 and making an appearance as sub for the 1st X1 which was a real treat. I was also amazed by the strength in depth of house football and the enthusiasm for it from all teams.
"It is great living next door to the cricket centre and being able to get across when I want to work on my game. I am very much looking forward to the South Africa tour in December and am sure it will be an amazing experience.
"Lessons have been different to what I have been used to – there is less opportunity for chatting and fun and set sizes are a lot smaller. I am enjoying my 4 AS subjects of Maths, Economics, Business Studies and PE, and I am managing to get the work done.
"I am very grateful to the Cassidy family for this opportunity and I am certainly making the most of it. I am itching to get a bat and ball in my hand and to score my first runs and take my first wickets for the school in South Africa.
"I have enjoyed my first few weeks of boarding and Ridgemount is great house to be in."
The Margaret Cassidy Scholarship is an annual award for a boy entering the Sixth Form at Shrewsbury School with a record of outstanding sporting ability in football, cricket or rowing. A second Sixth Form sports scholarship, the Alex Wilson Scholarship, has recently been launched and goes live in September 2013. Further details of these and our other scholarship awards are on our Scholarships and Bursaries webpage.