Cricket Victoria and Academy Movement bring cricket to the classroom

April 23, 2024
Category: Community, News, Schools,
Cricket Victoria and Academy Movement bring cricket to the classroom

Cricket Victoria and Academy Movement Inc. are pleased to announce a new partnership designed to grow cricket and positively impact students in secondary schools across Victoria.

In consultation with Cricket Victoria and using the Academy Movement model, participating schools will offer cricket-focussed electives at Year 9 and 10 students, and a Certificate III in Sport and Recreation with a cricket focus at Year 11 and 12.  Schools will also offer specialised cricket training down to Year 7.

Students complete units in umpiring, coaching, nutrition, sport psychology, sports strapping/taping and first aid, all while working towards a Certificate III in Sport and Recreation.

In addition, these study pathways will align with the Melbourne Cricket Education Academy in partnership with RMIT University to help students continue their cricket education at tertiary level.

Academy Movement is a not-for-profit organisation which works with schools and within existing school structures to develop sport as a curriculum subject through elite academies.

Academy Movement sources specialised teaching staff and provides curriculum-aligned resources as well as tools to monitor student achievement.

The model is designed to improve student academic outcomes and engagement in learning, while developing elite athletes and career pathways.

As part of the cricket pilot, Lara Secondary College near Geelong has confirmed it will be the first school to enter the program with Academy Movement and Cricket Victoria and as a North-West school with be branded under the Melbourne Renegades.

Academy Movement Founder and Director Jimmy Orange says, “After having success with rugby union across all areas of Victoria, Academy Movement is proud to partner with Cricket Victoria to keep improving student outcomes through the wonderful sport of cricket. We look forward to seeing our students proudly wearing the Renegades and Stars brands now and into the future.”

Lara Secondary College Principal Luke Skewes says “Lara Secondary College are incredibly excited to partner with Cricket Victoria and Academy Movement to provide a Cricket Academy that will allow students to access elite level coaching while receiving a first-class education”

Cricket Victoria CEO Nick Cummins said the partnership would become an important part of cricket’s engagement with schools.

“Schools are a critically important part of taking cricket to more Victorian students,” Cummins said.

“This innovative approach not only makes cricket part of the playground but more importantly brings it into the classroom. This is purpose-built program gives students a chance to learn and excel through their love of sport and we look forward to working with Academy Movement to pilot a new approach to cricket in schools,” Cummins said.

For more information on the program and how your school or club could benefit from a Cricket Academy in the area, please contact

Jimmy Orange at

Chris Konolige – School Engagement Lead at Cricket Victoria at

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