Cricket 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 Years 7 to 10 progressing to a Certificate II in Sport and Recreation in Year 11 and Certificate II in Sports Coaching in Year 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.  Sam is a Level 3 Coach who has coached State Schoolboys (2004 to 2011), winning three national championships in 2011, 2009 and 2006.

Students study two hours per week in Year 7-8 and four hours per week in Years 9-10, 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 - 2018, 2016, 2015, 2010, 2008, 2007, 2006 and 2003.
  • Runners-up - 2019, 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.

Cricket Academy Parents Information (CAPS)

Cricket Academy Parents (CAPs) is a sub-committee of the Parents and Citizens Association that was established in 1999.  More information for CAPS parents can be found here.


We are proud to offer students the opportunity to pursue their individual interests and strengths through participation in one of our four Specialist Programs.  The Specialist Programs are timetabled as electives.  Queries about the impact of this on student course selection may be discussed with the Deputy Principal.  Students enrolled in the Cricket Specialist Program have many exciting opportunities to develop strong cricket, teamwork and leadership skills.  With those opportunities comes the responsibility to commit to the program and the team.  Cricket commitments are available here.

You can find more information about the program here or download a Specialist Sport application form here.  You will also need to complete a general enrolment application for the College, which is available here.   If you have any other queries please phone (08) 9473 4000 or email

Applications for Year 7 2023 Specialist Cricket Program closed on Monday 21 March 2022.

Applications received after this date will be accepted, however, placement in the program will depend on enrolment numbers.

Year 7 offers of placement will be posted by the end of June.