Cricket Specialist Program

Education Department Specialist Program

Our Cricket Academy is a Department of Education Approved Specialist Program.  The Academy is endorsed by the WACA and is available for students in Years 7 to 12.

Talented sportspeople with a passion for cricket have the opportunity to study and develop their skills in cricket under the guidance of professional, accredited coaches through our specialist Cricket Academy.

The Academy is coordinated by Sam Davis and Peta Verco.  Sam is a Level 3 Coach who has coached State Schoolboys (2004 to 2011), winning three national championships in 2011, 2009 and 2006. Peta is a Level 2 Advanced Coach and former Australian Test Player who holds the record for Tests played for WA.

Students study two cricket units a year (four hours per week), receive professional coaching and the opportunity to be involved in regular competitions. Students also have the opportunity to participate in interstate and international cricket tours. They are expected to maintain a high level of achievement in all other learning areas.

The program has enjoyed significant success over the years:

  • John Forrest First XI consistently compete in the top tier of the state-wide one day cricket competition - Kim Hughes Shield
  • State Champions - 2016, 2015, 2010, 2008, 2007, 2006 and 2003.
  • Runners-up - 2011, 2005 and 2002.
  • John Forrest First XI is the only interstate team to have won the U16 Southern Skies Challenge in Brisbane

This prestigious program has produced a number of notable cricketers and is supported by patron, Bruce Reid - former John Forrest student and Australian Test cricketer.

  • Phillip Adams - State cricketer
  • Gary Dixon - winner of the Olly Cooley Medal for the best player in WACA A Grade cricket
  • Jamal Principe - Umpire Imparja Games, Darwin
  • Brian Shields - Australian U17 squad member and WACA Development Officer
  • Luke Waterhouse - Australian School Boys U15 UK tour member

Cricket Academy graduates have the opportunity to pursue:

  • WACA grade and suburban turf cricket.
  • ECU and UWA Sports
    Sciences studies.
  • Certificate IV in Sports Coaching and Certificate IV in Sports Development at Training WA (formerly TAFE).
  • State representation in Schoolboys Cricket - U17 and U19.

For more information or to request an application form please phone (08) 9473 4000.


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