We were thrilled to hear that all four Year 7 girls (Amelie, Evie, Georgie and Millie pictured below) selected to join Dunottar School’s Cricket Academy this year are Banstead Prep School Alumnae!

We are delighted that Year 7 Sports Scholar and BPS Alumnus Jack is also training with the Academy, which is set up to identify, stretch and challenge those whom the school feels have the potential throughout their time at Dunottar to represent the schools First XI (Boys and Girls) and to be role models within the sport for their peers and future year groups to come.  This isn’t the first time these young cricketers have been recognised for their talents, as all of them were awarded prizes in the 2018/19 season at Banstead Cricket Club.

Amelie, Evie, Georgie and Millie, pictured here at their early morning training session were thrilled to have been selected for the academy.

The Cricket Academy utilises small group training sessions to allow the teachers to have more time with the children to further develop their skills from a tactical and technical point of view. The sessions run early in the morning from 07:15 – 8:30, which requires commitment from the children to get up early for and to work hard whilst they are there. Sessions like these have helped Dunottar over the years to continue to improve the standard of the cricket for both boys and girls, but have also helped them to become one of the Top 100 schools within the UK for cricket. They also make use of the school’s new cricket nets and the school’s fantastic cricket equipment cupboard which includes three bowling machines, and two feed buddies as well as zwingo boards and Spintech mats that are exceptional training aids.

Millie (back right) and Evie, Amelie and Georgie (front row left to right) at a Surrey Cricket summer training session at The Oval in 2019.

Stewart Moore, parent of Amelie, said

“It is wonderful to see that all the girls originally from BPS who joined Year 7 at Dunottar School in September have all been selected for the school’s winter cricket academy.  This really is a credit to the school leadership and sports department at BPS for having the foresight to introduce cricket as the major summer sport for girls when the school opened.  All of these girls have been playing since Year 4 and enjoyed the game so much they also began training with Banstead Cricket Club and were selected to be part of the clubs first all-girls team in its 178-year history”