National Schools Finals Week

09 Jun


2014 National Schools Finals Week 

Once again Cricket Scotland is running their highly successful National Schools Final Week which is a culmination of the fantastic school cricket competitions held throughout the country. 

These great competitions have all grown significantly since their inception six years ago, with our flagship Primary Schools Competition now involving over 350 schools nationally. This year has also seen the addition of the Girls Secondary School Cup which reflects the growth in the women`s game over the last few years. 

We are also extremely grateful for the support from the Cricket Factory who sponsors the excellent Cricket Factory Cup that provides an exciting, modified game format for secondary schools that are developing their cricket involvement. 

All teams involved in the finals have had to qualify through local and regional festivals so simply making the finals of their respective events is a great achievement. The finals representatives for each competition will be released later this week. 

Please see below updates on each of the finals days and be sure to keep an eye out for more publicity closer to the Finals Week beginning on Monday 16th June.

 

Girls Secondary School Cup

Cricket Scotland will be running the inaugural Girls Secondary School Cup competition this year.  Seven schools from across Scotland will descend on the stunning New Williamfield ground, home of Stirling County Cricket Club on Monday 16th June 2014.  With the number of girls’ currently playing cricket at Scotland at its highest point ever this competition aims to increase the number of schools providing cricket opportunities for girls only. 

Kari Carswell Women’s Cricket Manager is excited about the day “it’s the first year we run this event and I’m really looking forward to it as are the rest of the development team.  The popularity of girls’ and women’s cricket in Scotland is increasing year on year and this competition gives schools something to work towards.  I have no doubt that everyone involved on the day will have an enjoyable day and hopefully some of the girls involved will go on and play for their local club side”.

 

Schools competing in the event are:

Mary Erskine School, Edinburgh

Strathallan School, Perth

Holyrood High School, Glasgow

Eastwood High School, Glasgow

Kyle Academy, Ayr

The Gordon Schools, Huntly

George Watson’s College, Edinburgh. 

For more information about the Girls Secondary Cup contact Kari Carswell – karicarswell@cricketscotland.com

 

Secondary Schools Cup 

Due to continued popularity the Cricket Scotland Secondary Schools Cup competition has been running again in 2014. The aim of this competition is to provide schools with a national competition for S1-S3 students and generate further interest in the game. 

Regional qualifying events have been taking place, with over 20 schools across the country entering the competition. The competition will culminate on Tuesday 17th June at the picturesque Doo`cot Park where the 4 regional qualifiers will do battle for the title of national champions. 

This year`s competition organiser Ian Shaw added `Cricket Scotland are looking forward to the finals day which goes from strength to strength each year. I hope that all the teams which entered this year`s competition have enjoyed their cricketing experience and look forward to meeting the four finalists for what promises to be a great day. ` 

For more information about the Secondary Schools Cup contact Ian Shaw – ianshaw@cricketscotland.com

Primary Schools Kwik Cricket Finals 

Entering its sixth year Cricket Scotland’s flagship schools event will once again be held at the Gannochy Trust’s picturesque Doo’cot Park ground in Perth on Wednesday 18th June. This famous venue was graced by the likes of Don Bradman and many home-grown past and current national cricketing stars. The ground now provides a platform for the stars of the future attending the P6 National Kwik Cricket event. 

Since the launch of the P6 Kwik Cricket tournament and the Schools Week of Cricket, some 350+ schools have entered annually; giving playing opportunities to thousands of kids across the country. These local, regional and national festivals, along with the cricket taster sessions delivered by local clubs and community coaches, has seen a boom in cricket activity from Galloway to Fraserburgh and Kelso to Inverness. 

The highlights so far of the now annual tournaments in most areas across Scotland are the Moray and Perth & Kinross Finals Days. Both are the culmination of individual club events held on the back of Summer Squad coaching programmes; Moray’s featured 4 club events involving 40 school teams whittled down to the best 12 for Finals Day at Fochabers CC, whereas the P&K event featured 120 teams from 5 cluster events whittled down to the best 12 for its Finals Day in Perth! This shows a tremendous commitment from the schools involved and how well entrenched cricket has become in these council areas! 

This year’s tournament organiser, Neil Cameron, adds “the primary school event has clearly had an impact on the increase in numbers of those involved in cricket and has become vital to the growth and sustainability of our game. This is particularly true of the girls/women’s game where it has had the greatest impact with all of the current U-17s and U-15s squads first being introduced to cricket at primary school!” 

For more information about the Primary Schools Finals please contact Neil Cameron – neilcameron@cricketscotland.com

  

Cricket Factory Schools Cup 

The 2014 Cricket Factory Schools’ Cup will come to its conclusion with a National Finals’ Day at Doo’cot Park, Perth, on Thursday 19th June.

The Cricket Factory Cup provides a fun and action-packed format of the game that targets secondary schools that are developing their cricketing provision. A huge thank you must go to the competition sponsors Cricket Factory and for more details about Cricket Factory please visit: www.cricketfactory.co.uk 

In order to reach this stage of the competition each school has had to progress through their regional qualifying event; a series of events coordinated by Cricket Scotland’s Regional Participation Managers. The 6 qualifying finals will be confirmed after all regional events are concluded this week. Good luck to all the schools involved and especially those that make it through to the finals day. 

For more information about the progress of the 2014 Cricket Factory Schools’ Cup please contact Tim Hart - timhart@cricketscotland.com or Ian Sandbrook - iansandbrook@cricketscotland.com

 

 

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