The world’s number one cricket magazine The Cricketer has published its Schools Guide 2021, featuring its top 100 schools, and Taunton School has been commended for its outstanding cricket programmes in both the Prep and Senior Schools.
The magazine saw a record breaking number of schools submit entries to be included in the guide. All entries were judged against an extensive set of criteria, with the chosen schools having outstanding facilities, fixture programmes and coaching.
Pete Sanderson, Director of Cricket at Taunton School and former Somerset County Cricket coach says: “I am hugely proud that once again the cricket provision in both our Senior and Prep Schools has been recognised by The Cricketer Good Schools Guide.”
Pete added: Even in this very challenging year, the team at Taunton School, including former England cricketer Marcus Trescothick, have been able to offer our students an incredibly thorough training programme. We were the only school to offer live coaching sessions on campus during the summer which was rewarded by many of our cricketers once again being selected for county training programmes. We were also very proud to be the only school that assisted the Somerset Performance Programme in August with over 20 matches held on our cricket pitches.”
Simon Hughes, editor of The Cricketer magazine, says, “This year’s Schools Guide is particularly important in showcasing our schools who have kept the game alive through a very challenging summer. Whether it has been remote video sessions, drills in the garden or even Zoom quizzes, schools cricket has emerged resolutely from this pandemic and the appetite to get back out on the playing fields is palpable.
“There should be deserved praise for all the teachers, coaches and volunteers who have put in so much hard work, in the most difficult of circumstances, to preserve a love of the game among the next generation.”
As well as appearing in print alongside the world’s No.1 cricket magazine, the guide is also available on The Cricketer website.