Framlingham College is already looking ahead to a successful 2024 season after being named by The Cricketer Magazine as one of the top 100 cricketing schools in the UK.
Returning to the list for another year, Framlingham College is the only school in Norfolk and Suffolk to have been included in every Cricketer’s Schools Guide list since the publication’s inception.
The guide is a 164-page supplement in the magazine’s December issue, which features the top secondary, junior, prep, and all-girls schools for cricket – all of which are judged against an extensive set of criteria, including a compelling commitment to cricket in the curriculum, facilities, fixture programmes and coaching.
Commenting on being featured in the guide, Nick Gandy, Director of Sport at Framlingham College said: “It’s fantastic news for Framlingham College to once again be recognised by the Cricketer Schools Guide for our outstanding cricket provision. Our inclusion is testament to a lot of hard work that has been done by both our pupils and staff. We are the only school in Norfolk or Suffolk to have been included in every Guide since its inception which shows that cricket has a great tradition at the School. The growth of girls’ cricket in recent years has been particularly pleasing, as has the development of the MCCF Hub for state school pupils.”
The extensive cricket coaching programme at Framlingham College runs all year round for both boys and girls, including regular tours at home and away. The fixtures list includes the MCC, Gents of Essex, Gents of Suffolk and the XL Club and participation in an End of Season Festival with Stamford School, Eastbourne College, and Seaford College. In addition, all College teams compete in the Essex Eagles Nest Leagues.
Some notable highlights last season included our Girls’ 1st XI reaching the last eight of the U18s 100Ball Cup national competition. Our U11, U13, U15 Girls’ teams all reached County Finals or higher in the outdoor competitions. And our Boys’ U15s also won their County Cup final the same summer.
The College continues to prioritise a high standard of coaching within the sports department, with incoming Director of Sport Chris Gange currently completing his Level 4 coaching course (highest possible in the UK), Head of Cricket Jack Beaumont Level 3 and Head of Prep School Games Andy Northcote equally achieving Level 3 status. We have also welcomed graduate Lenny Sims to the coaching staff this year, who has been involved in the Blaze and Loughborough Lightning set up, now working with Sunrisers.
Talking about the exciting future of cricket at Framlingham College, Head of Cricket, Jack Beaumont said: “Our plans include creating a full cricket fixture card including Albert XI fixtures. The introduction of a Girls’ Albert XI game this year and an end of season tour for the pupils to enjoy each other’s company would also be amazing. We are also looking forward to the possibility of jetting off on an overseas tour at some point in 2024/25.”
The Cricketer magazine editor Huw Turbervill said: “Our 2024 Schools Guide celebrates the best cricket programmes in state and independent schools across the country. The rise of women’s cricket in schools really has been a joy to behold. It is a pleasure to read the write-ups.”
Rising Cricket Stars at Framlingham College
One such female cricket star is our very own alumni Hollie D-R who recently represented Essex Ladies 1st XI and Sunrisers EPP.
Two of our current Year 13 girls; Sophie S, has recently represented the Sunrisers Academy and scored a 150 last season in the Women’s East Anglian Premier League team for Mildenhall. And Loulou F is also one to watch as she represents Norfolk CCC.
Rising star Imogen P-H is a strong opening bowler with the ability to bowl with great speed and accuracy for a Year 9. She is part of the Sunrisers EPP, plays for Northamptonshire CCC and was our Prep 1st XI Girls’ Captain last year.
Over to the boys, one former pupil Freddie H has signed a full-time contract with Northamptonshire CCC.
Felix N from our U13s last season has represented Suffolk and is currently on their EPP system. He is an exciting fast bowler that has represented our U15s last season.
Percy M (Suffolk YCs – now Year 12) and Oliver F are two more brilliant all-rounders who both performed well in the 1st XI last season.
Want to join the team at Framlingham College?
Our cricket programme runs all year round with every pupil at the College having access to at least one cricket session a week for the entire year. For those performance driven players we offer excellent scholarships and full year-round coaching to help excel your progress into the professional game.