School stops teaching cricket because it’s ‘too hard’

The Scotsman is reporting that one of Scotland’s leading independent schools has decided to stop playing cricket because it is too difficult to learn and too often interrupted by bad weather…

Sports officials staff at Morrison’s Academy, in Crieff, in the Strathearn area of Perthshire, have announced that boys will no longer play cricket – because it is too complicated to learn and the early Scottish summers are now too damp for a decent wicket.

The decision was announced in a letter to parents at the 530-pupil co-educational day school, which counts actor Ewan McGregor and Olympic curling star Eve Muirhead among its former pupils.

Director of sport Scott Weston said the move followed a review of summer games at the school, which he joined last year from a teaching post at another top Scottish independent school, Glasgow Academy…

Pupils at Morrison’s will in ­future concentrate on tennis, athletics and “outdoor pursuits” – canoeing, mountain biking and rock climbing activities and mountaineering in the summer, while boys will continue to play rugby in the winter and spring, and girls hockey.

The school said the new summer programme would allow pupils to “to develop their skills in more individual activities”, provide a more rounded exposure to sport, and “afford the opportunity to hone a broader range of skills, both physical and mental, while being less reliant on team mates for support”…

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Is this an entirely sensible decision in terms of the challenges of playing cricket early in the summer in Scotland?

Or are you concerned by either the break in tradition or the apparent idea that something that has been played for decades is now too challenging for today’s school children to cope with?

And what of the idea of switching to activities where there is less reliance on team mates for support? Is that the way we want things to be going?

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  1. pe_enthusiast

    SchoolsImprove the weather plays such a part in our summer curriculum and also losing your sports hall for exams for 8 weeks.

  2. FionaTipper

    SchoolsImprove seems to me that there is lots of standing around clapping, I’d rather they did something that increased fitness levels

  3. Nor_edu

    SchoolsImprove the “outdoor pursuits” they are replacing it with sound much more exciting anyway!!

  4. Duncangreen11

    FionaTipper SchoolsImprove we play quick cricket….it’s fast and keeps everyone involved..!!

  5. Duncangreen11

    FionaTipper SchoolsImprove we play quick cricket….it’s fast and keeps everyone involved..!!

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