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First Female Captain of an Oratory Cricket Team

Oratory history was made on Saturday 24 April 2021, when Millie in 3rd Form (Year 9) became the first female captain of an Oratory cricket team.

The U14A XI cricket team played against Shiplake College. Steve Tomlinson, Director of Sport says “Millie performed well and with excellent support from the team. It was a wholly satisfying performance from a very impressive group of committed pupils. The Oratory has a proud tradition of sporting excellence and this has undoubtedly been enhanced further by our move to coeducation.”

Dr Vicky Fogg, Wootten Houseparent says “Sport is such a great facilitator of coeducation; it was always our intention that the pioneer girls would seize the opportunities afforded at The Oratory and excel just as our boys do. Millie’s achievement is a realisation of that aim: boys and girls training hard together and walking out onto the field as team mates. Millie was captain because she was the best person for the job: she is a talented player who trains hard and plays hard, she holds the respect of her team mates and her coach. We couldn’t ask for more from any pupil.”

Both Berkshire and Middlesex Women’s Cricket use The Oratory School as a training base. Our excellent facilities and superb setting make us an obvious choice for the ladies to train. We are delighted to welcome both groups as we develop this sport for Oratory girls and we hope that our relationships with these county cricket teams will encourage Oratory girls to choose cricket and even pursue county places in the future.

Sarah, Millie’s mother, said, “Millie was incredibly proud to be selected Captain of the U14A XI cricket team. Cricket has been her passion for the last 3 years and she has recently been selected to represent the Berkshire Girls U15 county team. Her selection for the team and her appointment as captain was the icing on top of a wonderful cricketing experience to date. The team played with passion, enthusiasm and skill and the outcome was truly representative of the level of talent the whole team have. I hope Millie’s small part in making Oratory sporting history will encourage other girls in the school to have the courage to pursue their talents in the areas they may feel passionate about.”

Major girls’ sports played at The Oratory are athletics, hockey, netball, rowing, swimming and tennis. As well as cricket, girls also have the opportunity to play badminton, football, golf, real tennis, touch rugby and squash. Horse riding is on offer at our local equestrian centre based in Checkendon.

Future development of our sporting provision includes an outside all weather playing surface for hockey practice and five-a-side football and a Dance studio, which will be introduced as part of our PE curriculum.