The Bermuda Cricket Board (BCB) confirmed two more major scholarships for young players in its youth academy system. 12 year old Jermal Proctor and 13 year old Rose Simmons will commence school in the UK in January 2018 as a result of BCB negotiated scholarships with two prestigious UK boarding schools.
Proctor is a former winner of the Hiscox skills and drills challenge and has been a regular in the Youth Academy whilst Simmons has been one of the dominant players in the BCB Girls Development Program for a number of years.
Proctor will join prep school Maidwell Hall (http://www.maidwellhall.co.uk/) a highly regarded Preparatory School for Boys and Girls aged 7-13 in Northamptonshire. The school has an outstanding record for academic performance and is a feeder school for some of the top boarding schools in the UK. On joining the school Proctor will have access to the Leicestershire County Age Group program to further advance his considerable cricketing process.
Simmons will be joining Felsted School in Essex (http://www.felsted.org/). Felsted is well known for its rigorous academic standards and has strong ties into the Essex County set-up. Former England player Jason Gallian serves as head of cricket in addition to his teaching duties.
BCB President, Lloyd Fray, said, “I am very excited that the BCB has opened the door for two very talented young cricketers to study in the UK and have the ability to fast-track their game in the English County set-up. Both players have proven themselves to be model young citizens on and off the field as they have progressed through the BCB Development pathway. I congratulate Simmons and Proctor on this wonderful achievement and opportunity and encourage them to grasp it with both hands to further enhance the growing reputation for our young academy players that have flourished in UK. Maybe in four or five years’ time they will be the next Delray Rawlins or Leilanni Nesbeth. I also thank our CEO for his relentless pursuit of development opportunities for our young players.”
On behalf of the family of Jermal Proctor, Satinah Proctor said: “We first and foremost would like to give thanks and praise to God for opening up the door of opportunity for Jermal to pursue his dreams. Jermal has worked hard and relentlessly at his dream of becoming a professional cricketer and we are pleased he has been afforded the chance to see this dream become a reality. Additionally, we all thank the BCB for this early Xmas present especially Neil Speight who has worked hard to ensure that Jermal’s academic success is a priority in this move. We would also like to thank Clay Smith who saw potential in him from the beginning and all of the coaches who have worked with Jermal over the past few years and contributed to his development.”
Yasala Simmons, mother of Rose, said; “Rose has been enjoying cricket for many years with the various BCB programs including the U8, U11, all-girls cricket and the Hiscox Celebrity matches that she has played in. I know that Neil and Kellie have been working with Sophy Aitken of Felsted for almost two years to make this happen and we cannot thank the BCB enough for creating this incredible opportunity for Rose.”