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South Dartmoor named amongst England’s top cricket schools

Press Release – 05/11/15 - South Dartmoor named amongst England’s top cricket schools

South Dartmoor Community College is today celebrating after being named as one of the country’s leading cricket schools by the Cricketer – the world’s number one and bestselling cricket magazine.

The College has been selected on the prestigious list, alongside leading independent schools Eton, Harrow and Millfield, known as “The Playing Fields of England: An A-Z Guide to the Summer Game’s Top 100 schools”

Only one other school from Devon or Cornwall in both the public and private sectors made the grade, firmly placing SDCC at the top of the regional pile, a reflection of the enhanced cricket experience that the school offers and the strong on the field success it has gained.

Summer 2015 saw the College win County titles in 5 age groups as well as becoming Girls U15 national champions and runners up in different formats.  The College currently has a number of players in the county structure, with multiple winners at the recent Devon Cricket awards evening and has Ellie Ingham-Hill on the National Development Pathway with England U15s.

Andy Afford, Managing Director of the Cricketer wrote in his editorial that being on the list “constitutes the establishments that offer cricketing excellence” and that the final 100 was chosen from longlist of 450 schools and a shortlist of 150 of the very best cricketing schools.

Hugh Bellamy, Principal at SDCC said “We are proud of our cricketing programmes at South Dartmoor – our success is the culmination of several years of hard work and we are delighted to be acknowledged by the Cricketer magazine for this and be placed in the company of schools that regularly produce county and international cricketers.”

“We are fortunate to have one of the country’s best coaches, Pete Sanderson from Somerset CCC, working with us every week and his expert coaching backed up by a number of other dedicated school staff means we can offer a cricket curriculum that is exceptional.”

South Dartmoor is, at present, accepting applications for students to join the post-16 Cricket Academy programme in September 2016.  The Cricket Academy includes weekly timetabled coaching, guest professional sessions, regular competition and a number of great opportunities for students wishing to challenge themselves and become the best cricketer they can.  Please contact Steve Dinnie, Director of Sport at the College for more information on 01364 652230 or via



For more information on the above article, please contact Chris Daniel, 01364 652230