Cricket

HEAD OF CRICKET
Contact: Mr Seth Simmons
Email: sms@slcuk.com

Cricket is the performance sport for boys in the Summer Term. Girls' cricket continues to grow and we produce two girls' cricket teams.

St Lawrence College currently fields ten boys' teams. All pupils are given the opportunity to play cricket and to represent the school.

In the junior age groups, pupils are coached in the basic skills of batting, bowling and fielding. There is an emphasis on executing simple skills well and on learning how to read and understand the game. Agility, balance, co-ordination and speed are seen as fundamental attributes to be developed.

As pupils move up the school they develop their knowledge and understanding of the game, coaching sessions become more demanding, and they have a wider experience of playing matches. Senior pupils have the opportunity to undertake indoor training in the Sports Hall nets and use of the bowling machines during the Michaelmas and Lent Terms. Within the cricket set-up, we have a Cricket Academy, Wicket Keeping School, Girls' Cricket Training, Junior Development and Sports Excellence Cricket sessions as well as the opportunity for one on ones with our coaches.

We have block fixtures against the likes of Sutton Valence, Cranbrook, Eltham College, King's School Canterbury, Sevenoaks School and The Judd. The senior team takes part in the National Schools Twenty 20 Competition as well as prestigious annual MCC match and the XL Club.

We have county youth cricketers at every age and currently have one pupil who is a Kent CCC Academy Scholar and three who are in the Kent CCC Associate Academy. We are lucky to have a great coaching team which includes ex Kent CCC, Gloucester CCC and England Cricketer, Geraint Jones MBE.

We offer sports scholarships based on sporting ability. If you feel you can offer our school a high standard of cricket at 11+, 13+ or 16+ please contact our Registrar: admissions@slcuk.com.

SLC Cricket Academy

Seth Simmons founded the St Lawrence College Cricket Academy in 2012 and it has developed a constant stream of young talent ever since. Talented cricketers from both the Junior and Senior School are selected to train on all aspects of the game. The academy is designed to push and create focus within the cricketing disciplines, and during the sessions each player continues to develop both physically and mentally.

State-of-the-art coaching aids, bowling machines and video analysis enable pupils to focus on individual and specific aspects of their game. Using online player feedback, the athletes are able to reflect upon their performances while working towards a series of set goals. The school's fully-equipped fitness room allows the players to improve their strength and conditioning which makes a huge difference throughout the cricket season.

Ten St Lawrence College boys and one girl represented Kent in the 2018 cricket season.

With more current and ex professional cricketers being linked to the academy in the future, the St Lawrence Cricket Academy is set to continue to go from success to success.

"It is clear from the talent seen today that the coaches at the St Lawrence College Cricket Academy are doing a tremendous job. Having played professional sport I know the physical and mental demands needed as a performer, however more importantly there has to be the right coaches in place who maintain high expectations but also support each individual cricketer in their development."
Alamgir Sheriyar (Kent CCC & England A)