Through our work with schools via Chance to Shine entry levels into school cricket competitions continue to rise. We support and organise a range of competitions in partnership with our local School Games Organisers.
Kwik Cricket is often the first cricket competition played in schools. It is the main competition for primary schools and feeds from area competitions, to County and Regional finals.
In Suffolk we focus on Mixed Year 6 and Girls Year 6 competitions. Festivals are held throughout the Summer term. Kwik Cricket is an excellent introduction to cricket and allows every participant the opportunity to play.
We work closely with clubs in Suffolk to host Kwik Cricket Festivals to maximise the migration from school cricket to club cricket.
Lady Taverners Indoor Competition
Our first cricket competition of the calendar year is the Lady Taverners Indoor Competition which is run at Year 8 and Year 10 age groups for girls. This competition has grown in popularity in recent years alongside the growth in the Women’s game. We have local events leading into County Finals. Our County winners then go forward into a regional final and ultimately if successful into the National Final at Lords. In 2014, Thomas Gainsborough School (Great Cornard) reached the National Final in the U15 competition playing at Lords.
The competitions provide a framework to play at both an informal and more competitive level, with a clear progression pathway to local clubs and development programmes.
Almost half of the current England women’s squad have developed through the competitions, including Heather Knight, Anya Shrubsole and Sarah Taylor.
Chance to Compete
Chance to Compete is a secondary school competition that we run through our Chance to Shine programme. Its aims are to give secondary state school children an opportunity to play competitive cricket. Matches are played in under an hour and all participants play a significant part in the game.
For 2017 there will be 2 different age groups competitions at U13 Mixed and U13 Girls. Schools will play locally in groups leading through to County, regional and national finals.
Our U14 Twenty 20 competition is part of the Suffolk School Games with the final taking place on the same day as the Summer Games Festival. Schools play each other in local leagues before progressing to knock-out rounds with the final 4 going through to finals day.
U15 T20 and ECB/ESCA U15 T20 Competition
We run and support two U15 T20 competitions. The ESCA competition has state and independent schools entering. We also run an U15 competition for state schools which was introduced in 2015.