British boarding schools have always had a strong reputation, not only for academic excellence, but also for supporting those with a particular sporting passion, with ambitions to excel. Whether your child has a passion for rugby, football, riding, rowing or tennis, there are independent schools in the UK with the coaching expertise and facilities to nurture that talent.

Many schools now offer the opportunity to join specific talented sporting programmes, with access not only to top-class coaches, but nutritional advice, as well as physiotherapy, strength, conditioning and fitness programmes, specific to individual sports. Alumni who are household sporting names are often linked to the development of sporting academies and summer holiday coaching programmes. Significant investment has been made in state-of-the-art sporting facilities that have been creeping up country-wide in recent years. Schools are proud of their sporting traditions- signed representative team shirts for a variety of home nations proudly adorn sports hall walls.

Over the next few weeks we will be highlighting schools with excellent sporting reputations for rowing, tennis, golf, rugby, football and riding.

Here’s some top Senior schools for cricket:

Oakham School
Trent College
Shrewsbury School
Sedbergh School
Sevenoaks School
Millfield School
Radley College
Blundell’s School
Brighton College
Rugby School
Framlingham School
Bradfield School
Cheltenham College
Durham School

And here are our favourite prep schools for cricket:

Elstree School
Foremarke Hall
Millfield Prep
Packwood Haugh
Papplewick School
St Olave’s, York
Summer Fields School
The Elms School
The Dragon School

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