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Trent College’s up and coming cricketers will reap the benefits of being nurtured by one of the best qualified coaches in the country as the school’s Head of Cricket, Scott Boswell, has achieved the ECB’s top elite Master Coach Level 4 Award.
Mr Boswell joins former England head coaches Andy Flower and Peter Moores as one of just 150 people worldwide to have English cricket’s highest coaching badge. Ex-England batsman and current national batting coach, Graham Thorpe, and West Indies legend and Kent CCC coach, Jimmy Adams, also graduated with Mr Boswell.
Since arriving at Trent in 2011, Mr Boswell, who played First Class cricket for Northamptonshire and Leicestershire, has introduced a robust and varied training and competition programme to promote excellence amongst both boys and girls.
As well as introducing girls cricket at the Long Eaton school, county players, including England and Notts wicketkeeper batsman Chris Read, regularly visit the school to coach different age-group teams, while age-group tours, including to Dubai and Malaga for the older players and York for younger pupils, have been established too.
Mr Boswell also facilitates for staff and pupils to gain coaching, umpiring and scoring qualifications, has introduced an initiative for local primary schools and instigated a detailed winter programme for all age groups girls and boys. However, despite the desire for all Trent College’s cricketers to achieve their personal best potential, Mr Boswell has an even more important message for each of them.
“The most important part of cricket is that they enjoy it on and off the field,” he said. “Cricket gave me lots of opportunities to travel and play all over the world and meet some amazing people. Hopefully I can pass on my knowledge and experience and give opportunities to all pupils at Trent College at any standard and level.”
Amongst the school’s most promising ‘ones-to-watch’ include Nottinghamshire C.C Academy talent Tim Wyatt, who can bowl quick and is capable of scoring lots of runs, while Matthew Kimmitt (Y10) and Archie Moore, Daniel Blatherwick Sam Westbrook and Jenson Rogers (all Y9) play age-group county cricket for either Derbyshire, Notts or Leicestershire.
“I look forward to watching and supporting their development during their time at Trent College as well as many more young players,” adds Mr Boswell, who outside of his role with the school also coaches Clifton Village in the Notts Cricket Board Premier League and does one-to-one coaching with England and county players.
“Trent is my number one coaching job as it is a yearly preparation for the summer. I’d love to try to make Trent College the beacon of school cricket in the Midlands.”
The ECB Elite Coach Development Programme, of which the Master Coach Award is the highest level, is designed to support the continuous development of highly qualified and experienced coaches who work with players either at, or with the potential to achieve, elite performance level.
Mr Boswell completed the Award over three years, including from studying Biomechanics to Psychology, and has already used various techniques and methods learned across all Trent College age-groups as well as starting to coach at the school’s junior school, The Elms, with the same philosophy and method.