Swiss Cottage School have been running a very successful Cricket Club for the past two years, alongside Middlesex County Cricket Club, and are now launching their new Cricket Hub, in partnership with Lord’s Taverners and the Berkeley Foundation.
The Swiss Cottage School initiative, which will run during term time, targets 14-16 year olds across the borough, not just Swiss Cottage School students. It will hold sessions to help players develop their cricket and leadership skills, play matches and aims to compete in two Middlesex run competitions in the autumn and summer term.
Gabriel Odia, Head of Swiss Cottage Upper School PE & Greenhouse Multisports Senior Head Coach, said: “The Cricket Hub will continue to develop and grow as it has done in the last 2 years. Running the Cricket Hub will show what a positive place and experience it is at Swiss Cottage School and help to educate the wider community as to just what our young people can achieve.”
Lee Deller, Sports Coach and Teaching Assistant at Swiss Cottage School, who leads the hub with Gabriel, said: “The cricket club has been a fantastic experience for all involved over the last 2 years and I am delighted that we are developing the club. The hub is only going to be a positive experience for all involved and it will be great to integrate our Swiss Cottage learners with other schools across the borough.”
The coach who assists the Cricket Hub is Michael Thompson, an ex-professional cricketer in the West Indies with over twenty-five years’ experience. Michael is now a fully qualified professional cricket coach working for Middlesex County Cricket Club and has been sharing his knowledge with Swiss Cottage School for the past two years.
The launch was supported by Mayor of Camden Councillor Larraine Revah, who said: “It doesn’t matter what your ability, you can always do something in sport and do something in your community. The students are amazing, doing something really positive together.”
Stuart Cowen, Chief Executive Designate of the Berkeley Foundation, said: “The most important thing is giving young people the opportunity to engage in sport, to be part of a team, learn team skills and to have fun.”
Kay Bedford OBE, Principal at Swiss Cottage School, said: “The benefits for our learners are fitness, learning to work together and taking part in competitions. That’s part of the discipline of playing in a team. It’s an enriching part of life.”
Ifrah, a student at the school, said: “Cricket is a really fun sport, it’s my favourite. I have been playing for two years and I enjoy batting and hitting the ball over the fence!”
Cherrie, also a student at Swiss Cottage School, said: “I like working as a team, working together and getting to know each other better.
The hub is a great example of how the school works collaboratively with other agencies, like Greenhouse Sports and Middlesex County Cricket Club, to maximise sporting opportunities for all pupils. If you are interested in joining the Swiss Cottage School Cricket Hub, please contact Gabriel Odia or Lee Deller, via the contact information provided on the school website.
You can find more information on Lord’s Taverners website, here.
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