Shenfield High School

Shenfield High School PE Department highlighted there passion and drive for excellence by investing just short of £10,000 in new cricket facilities. The Shenfield Cricket Academy for boys and girls aged between 16-19 officially starts in September 2013 however both the U'17 and U'19 sides have enjoyed a fantastic start to the 2012 season.

Understanding the need for on site facilities as a prime method for player development, especially during the winter months, the Academy has seen two new nets installed in the already state of the art sports hall.


As well as this, we have purchased a top of the range bowling machine complete with stand and 24 ball automatic feeder. This will play a crucial role in coaching sessions, allowing the coach to analyse and work on identified strengths and weaknesses. To supplement this and to enhance the feedback, analysis and progression throughout the players two years at the academy, an I-Pad as been purchased. This will enable video analysis and frame by frame playback of technique through specifically designed programs, providing an invaluable guide to progress.

As well as this video feedback, for all games we now score using the I-Pad and this enables players and coaches to further analyse a players, or their teams technique. The app provides the players with a wagon wheel to show their main scoring areas, percentage dot balls, strike rate and minutes spent at the crease. This comprehensive round up of a game enables both parties to highlight not only areas for improvement but also the positives as well.

All of these state of the art facilities will be backed up by a current ECB Level 2 coach, with Head Coach Mr Bennett seeking a place on a level 3 course within the next year. This level of coaching is unprecedented at school level, especially a state school, with coaching standards matching that of County Cricket Clubs. This County level experience will help to develop a players technique and help push them to the next level, we hope to have even closer links to Essex County Cricket Club as the year progresses. With our main aim to be a main contributor of players to the U'17 and Academy Squads.

By joining the Academy you will not only get some of the best coaching and facilities, you will also get the best education. Shenfield High Schools Sixth Form is already heavily over-subscribed and places are at a premium. Both the Football and Cricket Academies have allocated spaces and so not only will you have to be a keen Cricketer, you will need to be academically up to standard and understand the importance of being a role model for the School and younger, budding sports people. This is a fantastic opportunity for any aspiring cricketer, you will receive a minimum of 2 hours coaching a week, with this increasing in the summer months. As well as individual coaching sessions, a strength and conditioning program will also be followed to ensure you are physically fit.

Next year we are organising a tour to Eastbourne to play a number of prestigious private schools (below) that include; Eastbourne, Brighton and Lancing College

This trip will also include a guided tour of Brighton University, which is one of the best sports universities in the country and the best for PE teaching. This is an opportunity for your son/daughters to get a feel for what university life is about and have a look at the excellent facilities on offer. We are hoping to arrange a lecture with some of the staff at the University who will explain the courses on offer and how university life works. Here your sons/daughters can ask any questions they may have and this could be the deciding factor when making a final decision on life after Shenfield.  

In the second and final year there will be an overseas tour to either South Africa, Sri Lanka or Barbados, the cost of which is unknown as yet, but this is something we will plan over a year in advance in order for those who can come to start saving. The school has previously been to Barbados, playing in the Sir Gary Sobers tournament, this was a fantastic life experience for those that went and quite possibily a once in a life time cricketing opportunity. We were and still are the only state school to play in this tournament and we have since been invited back, not only for our cricketing ability, but the way in which we conducted ourselves whilst over there.