The Cricket Programme operates all year round, with a winter indoor programme focusing on skill and technical development as well as a specific strength and conditioning programme, and the summer term being the predominant competition season.
We expect pupils and students to set extremely high standards through sport and cricket. We have access to four cricket squares and two sets of outdoor nets, as well as indoor facilities in the Sports Hall, which has four lanes. The cricket square on the front is one of the best known wickets in Somerset, hosting all age groups within the school, as well as Somerset 2nd XI and a number of age group county matches.
We hope that all the players will come away with the self satisfaction of knowing that they have developed as cricketers, enjoyed the experience and made a group of friends that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.
We have a good team of technically experienced coaches who want the boys to share their passion and develop their knowledge and understanding of this great game.
Cricket takes place throughout the year with a recognised winter programme during the autumn and spring terms. During summer term, games sessions happen twice a week for squad based sessions. Pupils train for an hour and a half on Tuesdays and Thursdays:
- Tuesday sessions are for each age group where cricketers work on technical skills and conditioned games.
- Thursdays are team squad based to prepare for Saturday fixtures.
- We offer extra sessions for cricket development, specific to fielding, bowling and batting or students can book 1:1 sessions for individual feedback, support and specific technical work.
- Our Performance Programme, which is designed to benefit any Taunton School athlete by supporting their physical development is also available to all cricketers.
We have a very competitive fixture list and play a broad range of schools to ensure our fixtures are competitive. With a well-established fixture card we are able to compete against the best schools in the South West.
We compete both in boys and girls Cricket competitions. The boys cricket is played as block fixtures on Saturday afternoon, interspersed with The National T20 Cup matches. The Girls have both Senior and Junior (U15) teams who play a competitive midweek fixture list as well as entering the National U15 Indoor Competition and National School Sports Magazine Cup.
The school has strong relationships with many of the local cricket clubs in the area and we sponsor the junior section of Taunton Deane Cricket Club. We also have a number of players involved in both District and County Cricket, so our relationship with both Somerset Cricket Board and Somerset Cricket Club is fundamental in moving our cricket programme forward.
Director of Cricket – Mr Pete Sanderson
Pete Sanderson joined Taunton School following on from his role at Somerset Cricket Club as 1st XI team analyst and coach. As a Level 4 Coach, Coach Educator and having an MA in Sports Psychology, Pete will bring experience to the development of the cricket programme.
“I made the decision to leave Somerset Cricket Club, after 23 years to come to Taunton School which is an inspirational, challenging and ambitious environment that I am honoured to continue my coaching career at. It was key to me to come to an exciting environment where there is a culture of cricket and one of the aims is to help Somerset’s cricket.
“Having worked with players such as Jos Buttler, Nick Compton, James Hildreth and Marcus Trescothick, I aim to use those experiences to produce a cricket programme that caters for all players from elite players down to C teams.”
Head of Cricket Development – Mr Marcus Trescothick
Marcus Trescothick is a former England international Ashes winner and has recently retired as Somerset County Cricket Captain. He combines his numerous coaching and commentating roles with his position in coaching, mentoring and supporting the cricketers at Taunton School.
“I enjoy helping the students learn about being a professional cricketer and other elements of elite sports performance. It is challenging, but exciting to be involved in the progression of pupils from Year 5 through to Year 13 and watching the journey and their cricket progression.”