Parents advised on school scholarships
Kellie Smith, mother of National Academy player Jordan Smith, has shared with other parents of Academy players the process for applying for scholarships to UK boarding schools during a seminar put on by Bermuda Cricket Board.
The seminar was held for all parents of Academy players between the ages of ten and 16.
Last September Smith’s son, Jordan, obtained a significant scholarship to attend Bromsgrove School in Birmingham for the next four years. The school is recognised for its excellent cricket programme and through the school Jordan successfully tried out for Worcestershire County Cricket and is now a member of their Under-15 squad.
The BCB boasts what it considers a highly successful scholarship programme for young cricketers and in the past, with financial support from the Bank of Bermuda Foundation, the governing body have secured scholarships for players such as Stephen Outerbridge, Jekon Edness, Stefan Kelly and Gregory Maybury.
The BCB assisted in the placements of Smith at Bromsgrove and Rudi Butterfield at St. Beads in Sussex. Both students received near-full scholarships from the schools to attend in last September.
"The BCB recognises the excellent academic and cricketing opportunities for our young National Academy players in the UK,” said Lloyd Fray, the BCB president.
“This seminar was the first step in educating the parents of the players on the processes that can assist in garnering an education in the UK. I would like to take this time to thank Kellie for her time and willingness to impart her knowledge. Kellie has been through the complete process from application, exams and cricket trials at the school and has an outstanding understanding of how to secure a placement and scholarship a top boarding school in the UK."
National coach David Moore said it was an excellent opportunity for Smith who has advanced through the Academy.
"From a very early age, Jordan Smith has been a dedicated cricket player and follower,” said Moore. “Jordan began the Academy in the Under-13s working his way into the Under-19s at only 14 years of age. Jordan is not only a committed player but has regularly volunteered his time during all youth and charitable programmes and events.
“This year he was awarded with a Youth Volunteer of the Year Award from the Centre of Philanthropy. Jordan’s character, talent and hard work provided him this outstanding opportunity which we hope will inspire other young academy players. It is our aim to provide our players with every opportunity to succeed in life both on and off the field."