The 5th World Schools Cricket Challenge (WSCC) will again be held in Melbourne. The high quality cricket facilities at our host, Haileybury School, making this a memorable experience for students and staff/coaches.
The 2017 WSCC saw teams from Pakistan, South Africa, New Zealand, Bangladesh and several local Melbourne schools compete in the 1st XI and Development XI divisions. For the first time we were able to also have use of the cricket facilities at Mentone Grammar, directly across the road from Haileybury School. This event goes from strength to strength and we already have 5 schools entered for the 2018 event.
- Twenty20 grading day with umpires and balls supplied
- Four 50 over games with umpires and balls supplied
- BBQ function at Haileybury School
- Tournament Dinner and Awards Evening
- Melbourne Cricket Ground Tour
- Souvenir handbook
Open to any school cricket team around the world.
Two Grades - 1st XI and Development Grade (13 to 16 years)
The objectives of the World Schools Cricket Challenge are:
- Give school cricketers an opportunity to play in a quality international tournament.
- To encourage participation and development of cricket within high schools.
- Provide a solid base for young cricketers to plan their cricketing future.
- Provide educational opportunities and experiences for students with an interest in cricket.
- Promote the enjoyment and qualities of cricket regardless of their abilities.
- Promote the traditional values of cricket in attractive environments.
Situated in South-East Melbourne, Haileybury School are the host for the World Schools Cricket Challenge for the 4th year running. In terms of school cricket grounds and facilities, they are of the very highest standard.
Haileybury has three cricket ovals (Rendall, Hazlitt and Orange Ovals) at their Keysborough campus and a brand new oval at their nearby Berwick campus. The wickets are hard and true and the meticulously maintained outfields are a pleasure to field on. (It's no surprise that visiting players and coaches are continually impressed with the standard of these grounds).
All schools are invited to bring teams to Melbourne to experience the sporting, cultural and educational experiences that the region and the tournament have to offer. Schools can enter as many teams as they wish.
Team members must be pupils or immediate past pupils of their school. Open to any school from any part of the world.
All teams will need to be accompanied by teachers, coaches or registered caregivers on a ratio of 1 adult for every 8 students. In the event the group is less than 8 there must be one supervising adult.
Participants will broaden their education and understanding of different parts of the world and experience interaction with individuals and teams from other countries.
Secondary Schools (High Schools) to be invited to enter into one or both of two age groups-1st XI (all ages) or Development XI (13-16 inclusive as at 9th December, 2017). Teams will be graded according to self-assessed ability, background and experience.
Teams will play round robin within their age group and grading over the 1st 3 days of play with the 4th day being Finals Day.
Belridge Secondary College, Perth
Based in Beldon, Perth, Belridge Secondary College has a highly competitive specialist cricket program available for selected students. The program is aimed at developing high level athletes, giving students an opportunity to excel in a competitive environment in the sport they are passionate about.
They have had a lot of success in the WACA’s premier schools competition and have toured regularly. The year 10 group have regularly participated in the Southern Skies Tournament held in Queensland. They have twice toured England in 2012 and 2016. India in 2014 and in July this year the year 11 and 12 cricket students will travel to Sri Lanka for what will be another highly valuable experience in their cricket/education lives.
The specialist cricket programme is aimed at developing young cricketers and providing them with opportunities to excel in a professional environment, as well as to provide them with the skills necessary to maximise their potential.
The Belridge Cricket Academy is fully endorsed by the Department of Education and Training and the Western Australian Cricket Association. The coaching staff are highly qualified and have their level 3 and 2 accreditation as well as highly credentialed educators who bring a love of cricket and a commitment to excellence to the specialist cricket program.
Selections are conducted by the cricket co-ordinator at the WACA in March every year where skills and academic testing takes place; a reference from a local club/coach/peer is also required. Applicants are put through this competitive process so that the programme can be successful in producing high level athletes. Whilst the selection process is of high importance anyone with a passion for cricket who wishes to achieve their best in the sport are encouraged to apply.
Players who have come from the academy include : Clint Hinchliffe who has a contract with the Western Warriors, Blair Oakley who plays indoor cricket for Australian men’s team and Shenae Reichelt who had a contract and played for the Fury.