We are delighted to report that Wilson’s is, once again, one of the top 100 cricketing schools in the U.K. The quality and commitment of our staff and student cricketers has been recognised again by The Cricketer Magazine; Wilson’s will be once again included in their Schools Guide 2024, available in December.
This prestigious guide celebrates the finest cricketing schools in the country, each with a distinguished history of commitment to this very popular sport. Cricket has long flourished at Wilson’s, attracting students from years 7 to 13. We are very proud of our commitment to inclusion in sport; with over 130 games a season, including fixtures for C and D teams, cricket at Wilson’s is a sport for everyone to get involved in, no matter their experience level. We have a proud commitment to both participation and and performance.
Competition is fierce for a place in the top 100, and schools are judged against strict criteria; to be considered, a school must demonstrate a compelling commitment to cricket in the curriculum, facilities, fixture programmes and coaching. We are proud to say that Wilson’s more than fulfils these criteria; alongside the fixtures detailed above, we have a rigorous winter net practice programme between January and March for all teams before the season starts. Cricket is part of summer games for all year groups in the summer term, and all students have the chance to practise at the cricket nets at lunchtimes in the summer term.
Cricketers at Wilson’s stand on the shoulders of giants; pupils will have seen the pictures of past teams from the school’s beginnings in Camberwell in the Foundation building. We look to the future too; the new Fitness Suite offers the coaching staff the opportunity to introduce even more cricket-specific strength and conditioning programmes.
Mr Dudley, Director of Sport, is rightly very proud of this achievement:
“We are absolutely delighted to make it once again into the top 100 cricket schools. Cricket is a big part of our sporting provision here at Wilson’s and our students are passionate and dedicated towards the sport. This recognition shows how hard they work not only in the Summer term, but also throughout the rest of the year in winter training and net sessions.
So many of our students are also playing club cricket outside of school for clubs in the local area which has really helped in not only playing more cricket but also giving them the experience that club cricket can bring - they are therefore able to transfer these skills when representing their school team. A special mention must also be given to our Head of Cricket Mr Fry and lead Cricket coach Mr Cody who, along with the other staff in the department, work tirelessly to ensure our cricket programme is one of the best in the local area.”
Congratulations to Mr Dudley, Mr Fry, Mr Cody and all of our cricketers on this impressive achievement.