Girls go ‘Crazy for Cricket’!

Girls in Years 3 to 6  from All Saints Marsh C of E Academy in Newton Abbot, part of the Learning Academy Partnership had a fantastic opportunity to meet Devon Girls Development Officer Ann-Marie Preswell from Devon Cricket. The girls took part in a fun and active introduction to the sport which is growing in popularity across Devon. 

South Devon Cricket Club are working with 12 clubs across the county to set up an under 11 girl’s section, called the ‘Under 11 Club Champions’.  For more information please email or visit

The current  Captain of England Women’s Team, Heather Knight  started her cricket journey right here in Devon, so the possibilities are endless!

Mrs Edwards, Head of Academy at All Saints Marsh, said:

After what has felt like a never ending winter and lockdown it is wonderful to see our children out in the sunshine and being active and having fun with their friends! Many of our girls were anxious about joining in at first but by the end they had beaming smiles and were so proud of themselves. We thank Ann-Marie for giving the girls the opportunity to take part in some fun and active cricket activities and games, this has shown them that cricket is an accessible sport for them and also gives them the confidence to try out new sports and interests. Across our family of schools we strive to give our children broad curriculum experiences that enable our children to flourish and experience things beyond their day to day experiences. Physical development, well-being and mental health are key elements that support the development of the whole child and promote a positive attitude to learning.

The girls thoroughly enjoyed the activities….

‘It was really good fun because we played a lot of different games and I even hit the ball on my second go!’

‘It was so much fun and really relaxing, as a Team Captain, I was able to help others’. 

The Learning Academy Partnership provides a first-class education to its pupils across the South West, and has done so since it was founded almost 10 years ago. The Trust is rated the best Multi Academy Trust in the country for the performance of disadvantaged children and in the Top 10 Trusts nationally for the progress that children make.

Girls go ‘Crazy for Cricket’!