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Cricket Education Programme students

Sandwell College’s unique Cricket Education Programme at Edgbaston Stadium is looking forward to a successful future as the class are crowned national champions!

The programme is going from strength to strength after the team won the Association of Colleges National Cricket Cup and topped their regional group.

As the first cohort of students graduate this summer, the course – which leads to roles in sports coaching, marketing, psychology, nutrition, and a range of other cricket-related professions – is proving more and more popular by continuing its expansion for the third year running.

The programme is a collaboration between the Edgbaston Foundation charity and Sandwell College, offering BTEC Level 3 qualifications in both Sports Development & Coaching and Sports & Exercise Science, plus ECB-accredited courses, First Aid classes, training at Edgbaston’s Indoor Cricket Centre, plus summer and winter matches.

Students have also gained valuable work experience helping Warwickshire Cricket Board staff run cricket holiday camps and tournaments, while some have secured paid employment through links within the Club.

Scott Thomas, Head of Sport at Sandwell College, said: “The partnership between Sandwell College and Warwickshire County Cricket Club has gone from strength to strength. We’ve had our first cohort of students graduate from the programme this summer and we’re extremely proud of the achievement and progression they’ve made.

“We offer a unique education experience for any young person with a passion for cricket and sport. The high calibre of education and coaching complements the work experience and educational visits students will receive whilst on programme at Edgbaston.

“We are very proud of becoming AOC National Cricket Champions this year, and we look forward to more success in the future.”

Joshua Howells Holloway, Education and Employability Officer at Edgbaston, said: “We’re only in our second year but the course is developing all the time and I’m excited ahead of enrolment for our third year.

“The course offers potential progression to university and careers in physical education teaching, physiotherapy, cricket coaching and sport development.

“Plus there’s a chance to learn, train and play cricket at the world famous Edgbaston Stadium and learn from professional coaches and players at Warwickshire County Cricket Club.”

Apply now if you are interested in joining the programme this September!

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