OUR Years 7 and 8 Yorkshire Cricket Tour was a resounding success, with skills improved, a love of the game further instilled, friendships strengthened and memories made!

The action-packed, three-day tour took place from May 6th-8th and for many pupils, it was their first ever sports tour with the school.

Alex Meddle, Head of Cricket at King’s Ely, said: “The first day was an unforgettable one as the group were fortunate enough to have a tour of Headingley Stadium, which is home to Yorkshire County Cricket Club. The ground highlighted how professional cricket works and the pupils even got to see some of the professionals in action within the impressive indoor cricket facilities. Our pupils had a 90-minute session within the cricket facilities, facing new technology and playing an indoor match. The feedback the boys gave was fantastic as they were so impressed with all the facilities and history that was on display at the stadium. They particularly enjoyed the coaching session they took part in with the use of bowling machines and other fun games from the professional coaches. This experience was the perfect introduction to the tour as it meant the group were very much looking forward to playing the fixtures over the rest of the weekend with all the new skills they had learnt.

“On the Saturday morning, we had the pleasure of travelling to St Peter’s School, York to play three fixtures, for which we fielded an A team, B team and C team. St Peter’s facilities really did impress and all games were played in a competitive yet enjoyable manner which was great to see! Although the results did not go our way, the experience of playing against a renowned school like St Peter’s was brilliant and is something that we hope each pupil will have fond memories of. All players contributed and there was a clear team spirt shown by all King’s teams which was very impressive. After the fixtures, the boys then had the opportunity to travel into the centre of York and see the sights! This included seeing many of the historical buildings and visiting a couple of souvenir shops, where the boys purchased various gifts to take home. After returning back and having a meal at our accommodation, the activities continued as we had organised the group to go bowling which went down a storm! All the boys (and staff) had great fun competing against each other and there were some energetic celebrations on show when a few managed to get strikes, which ended the second day in high spirits going into the final day of the tour.

“Pupils kick-started the final day of the tour with a brilliant foot golf competition. There were some excellent scores but most importantly, the boys had fun trying something new. After some well-earned lunch, the boys departed for their cricket matches where the A team played Woodhouse Grange Cricket Club and the B’s and C’s played a mixed competitive inter-squad game at St Peter’s School, York. The boys had plenty of opportunities to bat, bowl and field within these high scoring games and they were all played in good spirits. Once the final wicket fell and goodbyes were said to the home team, the boys got on the bus where there were plenty of awards, T20 songs and a final reflection of the trip before returning back to Ely.

“York truly was a fantastic place to tour. A big thank you to Mr Jordan and Mr Palmer who were fantastic at organising and supporting me with the running of the trip.”

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