Queen’s College cricket is set to get a further boost as it welcomes Mrs Caroline Foster as the new Head of Cricket from March 2022.
Head, Mr Julian Noad said “I am delighted to have appointed an outstanding Head of Cricket. Caroline has superlative personal cricketing experience and has shown that she is a first-class coach. Queen’s College has a fantastic cricketing pedigree, with many Old Queenians enjoying enormous cricketing success beyond their school years. Caroline’s appointment will continue this path for both boys and girls in the years to come.
Queen’s College continues to develop its all-round sporting provision, with expert coaches now in place in all areas. Our sporting philosophy supports the elite athlete and the novice alike, encouraging fulfilling engagement with sport, for life and with a smile on one’s face.”
Caroline Foster played in 9 Test matches, 58 One Day Internationals, and 19 Twenty20 Internationals for England between 2001 and 2011.
At county level, Caroline primarily played for Sussex, before ending her career with Somerset. She also spent two Women’s National Cricket League seasons with South Australia. Caroline later became a chance to shine coaching ambassador with the Cricket Foundation.
Caroline is ecstatic to be joining Queen’s as Head of Cricket, at an exciting time for the school.
When asked what she enjoys most about school cricket coaching Caroline explained that she “enjoys being part of a child’s first experience, as they discover the sport, and develop a lifelong love of cricket. Being embedded in a school gives me what elite coaching does not: more contact time and a holistic approach to cricket.”
Caroline feels passionately that sport is essential to the wellbeing of pupils and a crucial part of a well-balanced education. “At Queen’s, aspiring athletes receive top coaching, maximum opportunities to play, building their skills and growing their talent. For others, it’s more about building a positive relationship with sports and learning about themselves and their limits. Either way, sports provide a break from the stresses of life and academic study, which in turn supports the wellbeing of the child and contributes enormously to classroom success”
Caroline Foster has “always admired the culture and supportive community at Queen’s , in particular the attitude and approach to sport: positive fixtures, sportsmanship, encouragement and a friendly atmosphere, is always in the best interest of the child. I am keen to support the Queen’s ethos of making sport a positive part of the whole school experience.” The former English cricket player added “I am determined to continue strengthening the girls cricket offering at Queen’s and maximise the opportunities for their development and play. The facilities at Queen’s for cricket are outstanding with both indoor and outdoor cricket nets – the outdoor facilities in particular are enviable. I am extremely excited for this summer and can’t wait for the wonderfully kept greens to be buzzing with cricket of all levels.”
Director of Sport, Mr Tom Walter is extremely happy to be adding another top quality coach to his impressive Queen’s team, “We are incredibly excited to have Caroline joining us this term, bringing her vast experience and knowledge to a very talented coaching team at Queen’s. Caroline’s playing experience includes countless international caps, coaching with Birmingham Phoenix in The Hundred last Summer, and scores of a 100 or more against some of the best teams in world cricket, earning recognition from the MCC at Lords.
Undoubtedly Caroline will be a fantastic role model for both the girls and boys at the College as she looks to continue developing our impressive whole school cricket programme. I am also looking forward to working closely with Caroline as we push ahead with increasing participation and ability levels amongst the girls.“