Richard Taunton Tournament to Encourage Young Cricketers from Across City into the Sport

18th June 2019

Richard Taunton Sixth Form College will be hosting a school’s Cricket Tournament at Southampton Sports Centre to encourage young people into the sport on Tuesday 25 June.

Timed to coincide with the Cricket World Cup, the event is planned and run by the colleges first year Sports and Coaching Academy students who have been preparing for the event for some time. The students have been brushing up on their umpiring abilities and have had the opportunity to work with Jon Leckie, Education Officer from Hampshire Association of Cricket Officials to hone their skills. The Coaching Academy students also got the chance to complete and umpiring qualification alongside their studies in preparation for the day.

The tournament, which is funded by Southampton City Council, aims to inspire young people to find out more about cricket and encourage them to get involved in the sport, and with seven different schools from across the city taking part and each squad playing seven games each, it is set to be an exciting day of cricket! The schools taking part will be Hollybrook Junior School, Banister Primary School, Bevois Town Primary School, Oakwood Primary School, Shirley Warren Primary School, Mountpleasant Junior School and Bitterne Manor Primary School.

Tom Barge, Curriculum Leader for Sport at the college said;

We’re thrilled to be able to deliver such a fantastic event for years five and six from across the city. Our students have thoroughly enjoyed learning more about the sport and have really taken to the umpiring. It’s been a great opportunity to develop their skills and they can’t wait to put them into action on the day. Thanks to Southampton City Council, whose generous funding has given us this opportunity, we hope to engage more young people in the sport and of course, get them excited about the Cricket World Cup in the process!