Press Release

23 November 2011

Kent Cricket Academy has teamed up with Canterbury Christ Church University to offer a cricket bursary for the first time.

Simon Willis, Deanna Cooper, Andy Balsdon and Kim Debbling
Simon Willis, Deanna Cooper, Andy Balsdon and Kim Debbling

Kent County Cricket Club has been working with Christ Church to attract young players with the potential to study at the University. Those chosen will receive formal cricket coaching and must make themselves available to play for Kent sides as required.

First year student Deanna Cooper has been selected as one of Kent Cricket's 2011/12 Academy Scholars and is the recipient of this year's bursary, which will assist her in the pursuit of academic and sporting success.

Deanna recently began studying for a degree in Physical Education and Sports and Exercise Science at Canterbury Christ Church University. The bursary will help her with some of the essential costs associated with her training and study, such as travel, kit and physiotherapy.

Dr Andy Balsdon, Director of Sport and Physical Activity at the University, said: "We are delighted to have the first female scholar under this title for cricket. Our aim is to support sportsmen and women in achieving their academic and sporting goals.

"Charlotte Edwards is an Honorary Fellow of the University and an inspirational England Women's Cricket Captain. We would like to help Deanna realise her full potential and achieve all she can in her sport and studies."

Deanna said: "Canterbury Christ Church was always my first choice university. I love my course so far, and learning about what I could do after my course is completed.

“Studying at Christ Church I'm able to get the academic support that I need, as well as the flexibility to continue to develop my cricket at Kent Cricket Academy. This bursary means a great deal as it will enable me to fund some of the costs associated with my sport, and develop my skills whilst studying for an academic qualification."

Simon Willis, Kent Cricket's High Performance Director, commented on this year's collaborative bursary: "It really pleases me to have established this partnership with Canterbury Christ Church University. I have always been very keen for our young players to get the academic support they require as this will give them the reassurance of having something else to fall back on should things not go to plan or in preparation for future life after cricket."

The bursary is offered to a student selected by both Kent County Cricket Club and the University, with funding from the J & K Huntley Bursary. This bursary is the result of the generosity of the Huntley brothers, who left a significant sum of money to the Club upon their passing, to be used for the development of young cricketers in the county.

Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services. With nearly 20,000 students, and five campuses across Kent, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional expertise.

  • In 2010 the Faculty of Education received ‘outstanding’ grades in its Ofsted report for primary, secondary and post-compulsory programmes, together with its employment-based routes into teaching. The University’s primary provision has the unique record of having been awarded the highest Ofsted grades in all inspections since 1996.
  • 94 % of our recent graduates gain employment or are in further study in the first six months after graduating (2009/10 DLHE survey).
  • Along with over a thousand undergraduate, postgraduate and professional training courses on offer, we are also home to world-leading and internationally recognised research in Education, History, Music and Sports Related Studies.
  • Canterbury Christ Church University was founded in 1962 by the Church of England as a teacher training college


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