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Schools unveiled as new home of county cricket
Middlesex Cricket has unveiled an innovative partnership with The Mill Hill School Foundation, which will see the Middlesex Women and Girls’ sides playing the majority of their home matches at Mill Hill and Belmont Schools in North London from this season onwards.
With Middlesex Women making their inaugural appearance on
the main square at Lord’s just last month (April), this announcement comes at an exciting time for the club’s Women’s and Girls’ sides, with them now also benefitting from the exceptional training, practice and match-day facilities that the schools provide, in over 150 acres of grounds in North London, just a short distance
from the club’s home in St John’s Wood.
Middlesex Women played two
of their Royal London County Championship matches at the School in 2017, and this new partnership will, for the first time, provide them with a regular ground to call home outside of Lord’s, offering them greater stability and some familiar surroundings for their future home matches.
Aside from the obvious benefits to the club, the partnership will also have considerable benefit
to the Schools, whose pupils will be looking forward to working more closely with the Middlesex Women and Girls. Belmont School now focusses on cricket
as a summer sport within their curriculum and it is hoped that the partnership with Middlesex will provide a clearer pathway for their cricketing students to develop their games.
Frances King, Head of Mill Hill School and CEO of the Mill Hill School Foundation commented...
“We are delighted to be entering into a partnership with Middlesex. This will provide a wonderful opportunity for our pupils, especially our girls, to benefit whilst providing wider outreach opportunities for
both parties to attract a wider selection of girls to cricket.”
Leon Roberts, Head of Belmont Mill Prep School said...“Having introduced cricket as a major
sport for girls at Belmont in
the Summer of 2017, the sport has just taken off. Girls are
now playing cricket with the boys during lunchtimes and greater numbers of schools
are following suit and moving from Rounders to Cricket as the main summer sport for girls.
The partnership with Middlesex will help us to take girls’ cricket to the next level. It will make
a huge difference to both the Belmont girls and boys, who will be inspired by the Middlesex players and coaches. I hope the children will be so motivated by our special link that Belmont will be able to produce even more quality boy and girl cricketers
to represent Middlesex in the future.”
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