Uppingham School becomes Academy home ground

Uppingham School is to become the official home ground of Leicestershire County Cricket Club’s Academy from this summer.

It means that, for the first time, the club will host a comprehensive fixture programme at one location, offering up to 16 days of cricket between July and September for the Academy and Sub Academy teams.

The club aims to provide lots of opportunities to young, talented players through its Academy programme and having a home ground at Uppingham will underpin that objective.

Academy Director Andy Siddall said: “When the offer came to base our Academy at Uppingham School it was great. One of our aims has been to look to raise the standard and the profile of our Academy and a partnership with Uppingham School does just that. 

“It is an educational establishment of the highest quality and has a beautiful cricket ground where we will be incredibly proud to host opposition counties. Uppingham School is an ideal establishment to create a long lasting and high quality partnership and this initiative supports the School with its exciting new vision and direction for cricket.”

“Throughout the winter months our Academy is based at The Mike Turner Cricket Centre at the Fischer County Ground, Grace Road. Whereas in previous years our fixtures have been held at local clubs it will be a major step forward to be able to have a permanent summer home. 

“Our fixture list has grown significantly as well this year playing in two strong competitions.  First a Tri-Series with Worcestershire and Northamptonshire playing a mixture of 3 day, 50 overs and T20 fixtures, secondly playing in The Six Counties 2 day Under 19 Cricket Competition for the first time. This will see our Academy play five 2 day fixtures against Middlesex, Warwickshire, Durham, Lancashire and Yorkshire.”

From the School’s perspective, this development follows their recent announcement that former England international wicket keeper Chris Read will become Uppingham’s Director of Cricket later this year, further strengthening their provision of sport as part of a wide-ranging curriculum.

Cricket is one of Uppingham’s primary sports and there is a vision for it to be played to a high level by girls and boys, especially as women’s cricket is one of the fastest growing sports in Britain.

Uppingham School’s Headmaster Dr Richard Maloney said: “We are delighted to have formed this partnership with Leicestershire County Cricket Club, strengthening the presence of the sport in Leicestershire and Rutland.  It will be our pleasure to host the Academy’s home fixtures at Uppingham and I am convinced that the County, the School and local community will benefit greatly from this new and warm relationship in the years to come.”