Worth named in prestigious magazine's list of top 100 cricketing schools

Children at Worth
Children at Worth

Worth is celebrating today after being named by The Cricketer, the world’s oldest and best-selling cricket magazine, as a top 100 cricketing school.

This is the first time ever that Worth has been included in The Cricketer’s Good Schools Guide and reflects the excellent standard of coaching, facilities and fixture programmes delivered by the School.

More than 500 schools and colleges were invited to submit an entry to secure their place in the top 100 cricketing schools. Responses were forensically examined against an exhaustive set of criteria before the judging panel reached its decision.

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The cricket programme at Worth is delivered by Mr Raj Chaudhuri, a former professional first-class cricketer and a Level 4 coach. A Level 4 coaching qualification enables you to work with international sides and county teams across the globe, including the Big Bash in Australia and the Indian Premier League, which serves to highlight the quality of coaching offered at Worth.

Mr Chaudhuri said: “Worth is a school that takes cricket seriously for boys and girls. We instil the basics in players, because if the basics are strong we can make a successful player. We offer a winter training programme, which is crucially important and makes us stand out from others. Cricketers are made during the winter, because you only have four or five months of playing time in good weather. The key is indoor work.

“The coaching the boys and girls get here at Worth is first rate. If we can help players achieve their potential, whatever that is, then my job is done. Our ultimate goal is to produce someone who goes on to play international cricket, like Tom Mitchell has gone on from Worth to play international rugby. We are very proud to be named in the top 100 cricketing schools for 2019.”

Worth’s cricket programme includes:

- Eight representative teams;

- A testing and extensive fixture programme designed to improve individuals;

- Three Academies where the skills of elite players are developed – a Junior and Girls’ Academy, Intermediate Academy and Academy Plus, which is for county standard players;

- Excellent facilities, including indoor and outdoor nets, a bowling machine, a nursery in the Summer Term and a fantastic 1st XI wicket which is used by the county;

- A programme where girls and boys alike are encouraged to become better players. In fact, more and more girls are coming through the system;

- A programme which is not about results below 1st XI level. As Mr Chaudhuri says, “Until 15s we just look at potential. We instil basics and develop those skills”;

- Winter training for up to 12 hours a week;

- An outstanding success rate. Worth currently has nine players in county and representative sides, which is more than ever before;

- Girls-only fixtures for the younger age groups, which will grow in numbers ongoing.

The Cricketer magazine editor Simon Hughes said: “This is a superb publication that serves both as an informative guide and as a tribute to all those teachers and coaches out there who are nurturing the talents of future club, county and international cricketers.

“The competition to be included was fierce and plans are already in place to provide more in-depth coverage of schools’ cricket next summer. Congratulations to all of the schools included.”

The 116-page guide to the top 100 secondary schools and top 50 junior and preparatory schools is bumper-packed with the regular December issue of The Cricketer, which goes on sale from tomorrow (23 November). As well as appearing in print alongside the world’s No.1 cricket magazine, the guide will be made available on The Cricketer website from Friday 14 December at www.thecricketer.com/schoolsguide