Facilities for cricketers at the Royal Hospital School include seven cricket grounds, two pavilions, six grass nets, four indoor nets in the newly refurbished sports hall and the cutting edge Trueman BOLA bowling machine. A strength and conditioning gym, fitness suite and indoor swimming pool are also available assist in training. Former Essex county cricketer Graham Napier runs a cricket academy based at the school and assists in cricket coaching during term time.
Staying at the cutting edge of training technology is important to us and we are the first school in the country to have a TrueMan BOLA bowling machine. The TrueMan displays a high-contrast LED animation of a bowler on the front of the Bowling Machine which synchronises exactly with release of the ball.
The bowler animations are produced by artwork made from real life video footage and so an extensive library of actions and styles of bowling can be built up with any player's action being able to be reproduced.
As well as coaching pupils at RHS during term time, Graham runs various courses and masterclasses during the holidays that are open to the public as well as pupils who want to refine their skills or keep busy over the break.
OPPORTUNITY TO BUY A LIMITED EDITION PRINT OF RHS BY RENOWNED ARTIST JACK RUSSELL, MBE
"This limited edition print of the Royal Hospital School, Suffolk, is a 7 colour reproduction on acid free museum card (image size 26" x 17.5" plus a 2" white border) from an original painting by international artist and cricketer Jack Russell. Strictly limited to just 100 in the edition each print is individually hand titled and numbered personally by Jack. Each print is embossed by The Jack Russell Gallery stamp for authenticity.”
“It was an absolute delight to paint this unique and wonderful scene at the Royal Hospital School. I have painted many cricket grounds around the world but I feel extremely honoured and privileged to have had the chance to capture this view of the school that is steeped with so much history. The fact that my painting is now a part of that history is a great thrill for me.” - Jack Russell, MBE