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Sam Schofield has recently joined Nottingham High School as the Head of Cricket, let’s get to know him a little better.

Tell us a little about yourself?

Originally from South London and was Head of Cricket and teacher of PE at Trinity School, Croydon. Sport is a big part of my life from playing football and cricket to watching premier league hockey. I am a bit of an F1 fan too. Outside of sport, I like cooking and exploring new parts of the country. London was great for exploring, so I am looking forward to seeing what Nottinghamshire has to offer.

Why did you decide to join Nottingham High School?

I needed a new challenge in a great school. I had been at Trinity School, Croydon for 8 years and been in London most of my life. So a new environment and challenge was needed.

What does your role involve?

I look after all girls and boys cricket in the senior school. This involves all of the coaching of pupils and coach education of our staff. Also organising our fixtures and entering our sides into the county competitions. I also organise cricket tours for different years groups too.

What are your plans for Cricket at Nottingham High School?

To provide an environment where all ability of pupil can thrive, learn and enjoy their cricket. I would like as many pupils as possible to represent the school in soft or hard ball matches. So if any pupil wants to come and give cricket a go. If we can help players reach county, professional and international levels, we have catered for everyone.

Why do you think Students should get into Cricket?

It is such a great team game to be involved in. If you are not physically involved at a particular time, then your mind is stimulated to find the best way to stop the opposition scoring runs or how best your team can win the game. There are so many different dynamics involved in cricket, that everyone should get something out of it. The feeling you get from taking that catch, hitting that boundary or bowling someone out, is something that everyone should experience.

Which Cricketer inspires you & why?

AB De Villiers was a special talent in all 3 formats of the game. His batting and fielding took the sport to another level with some of things things he could do. I always get pupils to watch his innings against the West Indies in 2017