Cricket - Specialist Program
Cricket - Approved Specialist Program
The Cricket Program at Kent Street is a fully Approved Specialist Program from the Department of Education and fully endorsed and supported by the WACA.
One of the first secondary schools in Perth and the pioneer of specialist sports programs in WA, Kent Street offer Cricket students a challenging and rewarding program designed to provide a suitable background for students wishing to pursue a career in cricket as well as those with more of a recreational or personal interest.
The Kent Street Cricket Program has been a very successful Specialist Program since its inception in 1988. The program has produced numerous 1st Grade cricketers and state representatives and 3 Test Players (Marcus North, Luke Ronchi (NZ) & Marcus Harris).
Cricket students attend the school from a range of areas across the metropolitan area, with a number travelling from as far as Clarkson, Mandurah, Byford and Mount Helena. Bus services to the school are regular and take about 10 minutes from the city centre.
A number of students come from country areas in order to study Cricket and a few from interstate and overseas. Whilst some of these students board with friends or relatives in Perth, the majority stay at the Rotary Residential College which is situated on the school campus and provides high quality student accommodation.
The program is open to both males and females, with our most notable former female student in Piepa Cleary who plays for the Perth Scorchers and Western Fury.
Currently there are three cricket teachers at Kent Street all of whom are qualified Cricket Australia Level 2 coaches. All 3 have vast experience in cricket and have been involved in the game for many years.
Students are provided with first class facilities at Kent Street with four hard wicket practice nets and 6 wicket turf cricket block for all matches and practice. We also have access to Harold Rossiter Reserve turf cricket wicket for all matches. A brand new pavilion has been constructed on the school cricket oval including change rooms and classroom space that will be utilised for cricket classes.
Students wishing to enrol into cricket at Kent Street should complete the Expression of Interest form at the end of this page. A skills based test is held at the WACA each year near the end of Term 1. Testing can be arranged at other times by contacting the school.
Highlights of the Cricket Program
The Cricket Program will present students with many cricketing opportunities, challenges and experiences. Some of the experiences that past Cricket students have nominated as highlights of their time at Kent Street include:
- Overseas tours
- Interstate 5 Highs Competition
- Indoor training at the WACA
- Kim Hughes 1st XI Competition
- Graeme Wood Shield T20 Competition
- Matches against other schools
- Cricket graduation at the WACA
- International touring teams
- Specialised weights facility
The Rotary Residential College is situated adjacent to Kent Street and provides accommodation for country students. The College is operated by Rotary International and enquires should be made on (08) 9470 4177. Country students boarding in Perth to study Cricket may qualify for financial assistance from the Isolated Students’ Allowance. Applications are made to the Commonwealth Department of Education, 251 Adelaide Terrace, Perth.
The following is an overview of the themes and content of the Cricket program:
- Cricket skills
- Modified games
- Pre-season training
- Indoor Cricket
- Cricket language
- History / Laws
- Mental Skills
- Back care
- Certificate II in Sport & Recreation
- Cricket skills
NOTE: Cricket students complete the National Training package Certificate II in Sport & Recreation over the two years of Upper School. They choose other subjects dependent on their vocational direction and tertiary training requirements. The Sports Industries course develops generic skills that lead to TAFE Sport & Recreation Certificate and Diploma courses. This allows students to choose Physical Education and Outdoor Education as courses of study.
Sporting and Related Achievements
- Test Players (Marcus North, Luke Ronchi (NZ) & Marcus Harris)
- First Class Players (12)
- Other elite sports (AFL – Six, One Brownlow Medallist)
- Cricket Development Officers at the WACA
- Football Development Officers with the WAFC
- Approximately 80% of participants play cricket at District Level
SPOCK – Supportive Parents of Cricket Kids
- Provide additional funds (through fees and fundraising activities) and resources
- Meet monthly to get updates on the course, discuss and plan the support of course activities
- Assist with the organization and running of activities (e.g. Graduation, Open Day, Camps...)
- Provide a communication conduit regarding the cricket program.