SADDLEWORTH SCHOOL has achieved recent sporting successes in athletics, basketball, gymnastics, netball and Rugby League.
And the school’s top cricketers are off to Headingley in mid-March to receive specialist coaching from staff at Yorkshire County Cricket Club.
The Oldham Schools’ Indoor Athletics Championships, which were held at Newman RC College, saw Saddleworth record victories in both years seven and eight.
Both of these triumphant teams will now represent Oldham in the Greater Manchester Championships.
Saddleworth put up a creditable showing to finish seventh from 12 teams in the under-16’s Greater Manchester Basketball Championships.
The girls did even better at netball as the under-14’s have won through to the national schools’ finals for the second successive year. They will take place at Basildon Sports Village, Essex, in mid-March.
There were great successes for Saddleworth in the North West Gymnastics Championships.
The under-14 girls’ team of Ella Bones, Amy Cook, Ruby Lambert, Charlotte Lyness, Sophie McDermott and Ruby Wilson were crowned champions.
And there was a runners-up place for the under-19 girls’ team comprising Megan Fletcher, Samantha Biddlestone, Kirsty and Laura Watt, Gabrielle Laird and Calese Reid.
In the under-19 girls’ pairs, Megan Fletcher and Samantha Biddlestone were second while in the under-14 girls’ pairs there was fifth place for Amy Cook and Gabrielle Laird.
Saddleworth’s year 11 boys finished gallant runners-up in the North West Carnegie Schools’ Rugby League Cup losing 36-8 in the final to St Peter’s School, Wigan.
By reaching the final, the team qualifies for the National Under-16 Youth Championships. They will also be bidding to win the Oldham Schools’ title for a fifth successive year at Easter.
Budding young cricketers at Saddleworth School have already received specialist professional coaching from Yorkshire in a venture funded by Yorkshire cricket’s message board ‘The Corridor of Uncertainty’, the Yorkshire Ridings Society and Saddleworth White Rose Society.
Those bodies have now helped organise a day at Yorkshire’s indoor school at Headingley for 12 of the best cricketers from Saddleworth School and West Craven Technical School, Barnoldswick, on Friday, March 15.
The aim is to show the boys that though they are in the Lancashire cricket system they are also part of the Yorkshire cricket family as many people in both districts still see themselves as Yorkshire despite local government changes almost 40 years ago.