Shrewsbury School sets out to be one of the best cricket schools in the country. In the summer, our cricketers have the privilege of playing on the fields described by the cricket-writer Sir Neville Cardus as the 'The most beautiful playing fields in the world, spreading and imperceptibly mingling with the pasture land of Shropshire'. And in the winter, cricket training was transformed by our truly world class indoor cricket centre when it opened in September 2006. Coaching is provided by a highly experienced and dedicated teaching staff, the full-time cricket professional and visiting English coaches many of whom are current or ex-professional cricketers.
Since Shrewsbury went co-educational in 2008, girls have had the opportunity to play cricket and the school runs sides for girls at Under 14 and 15 levels as well as being able to represent boys teams.
Shrewsbury regularly fields twelve teams across all age groups and also has a flourishing House programme to enable boys of all abilities to play. Every two years the U15s and 1st XI tour abroad and recent destinations have included Dubai and Perth (2010), Cape Town (2012), Sri Lanka and Barbados. In December 2016, Shrewsbury School will be representing England in the inaugural World Schools T20 in Mumbai.
The culmination of the 1st XI season is the Silk Trophy, which we last hosted in 2015. This highly-coveted trophy is competed for by Shrewsbury, Eton, Oundle and an overseas touring side at the end of each summer term. Shrewsbury are the current holders of the Silk Trophy, having won it 3 times in succession, a feat never previously achieved in 25 years of the competition .
In 2013 Shrewsbury achieved the unique distinction of winning the HMC National Schools Under-18 Twenty20 trophy and being declared joint winners of the School Sport Magazine Under-17 Cup and the ECB/ESCA Under-15 Twenty20 Championship. This is a feat unprecedented in school cricket.
The ECB continues to work with Sport England on the pioneering club accreditation scheme 'Clubmark' to develop a vibrant and healthy club cricket infrastructure.
Cricket clubs can play a key role in the successful delivery of Building Partnerships – cricket's strategic plan for 2006-2009 - by supporting the delivery and implementation of the following programmes:
The ECB Clubmark and community cricket clubs play a central role in all of these programmes and Clubmark will provide the standards that clubs involved in these programmes will aspire to.
In addition, it is expected that clubs who achieve the ECB Clubmark will be recognised and rewarded for their hard work and commitment to club cricket in England and Wales.
By registering to work towards ECB Clubmark, clubs join a growing number of cricket clubs across England and Wales that are prioritising junior development, creating a benchmark for high quality community club cricket.
County Cricket Development Managers can help clubs through the process of achieving ECB Clubmark Accreditation.
ECB Clubmark gives clubs an opportunity to write and implement new procedures as well as acknowledge existing practices. Cricket clubs are required to present evidence and demonstrate implementation across four different themes, culminating in the production of a Club Development Plan.
The four themes are:
For more information see www.ecb.co.uk/clubmark