What Others Say

“The coaching that you have provided has been inspirational, motivating and of an exceptional standard! We are lucky to have your involvement in our students’ sporting development.”
Leonnie Mangan (Fountaindale School)


“The Table cricket sessions that were delivered in our school were fantastic. The children improved each week and by the end they were playing using tactical nous and really understood the rules of the game. The sessions were inclusive which meant that a range of abilities could participate and enjoy playing together.’’

PaulWyles (WoodlandsAcademy)


“The return of Belvoir Bees was welcomed with glee
in our household. Stage 1, with the opportunity to
indulge in challenges and send in videos, was a
fantastic idea and got our boys back to learning some cricket and having some fun. Stage 2 i.e. the sessions at Knipton, were the first steps to normality for the family,
and some much needed organised sport, structured exercise for the kids. The lessons were run brilliantly – safe, sensible, and some vital social interaction for the children. All, as usual, in a delightful setting. Thank you.”

Ben (Dad)


“Hi. I just wanted to say a huge thank you for all your hard work organising the coaching in these strange times. You really have no idea what it meant to Thomas to be able to play and mix with other children after spending the previous few months in lockdown. His mood changed completely and he has slowly returned to his previous self. So thank you again.’’

Luisa Lynch (Mum)


“ My children had spent a long time without any sport or social interaction, to have Belvoir Bees deliver the Croxton Kerrial sessions during the summer was not only valuable for their physical health, it was valuable for their mental health and well-being. The social side of the sessions were just what my children needed. They had a fabulous time learning new skills and enjoying the game of cricket. Thank you Neil and team for delivering these sessions and look forward to them next season.”

Lisa Jordan (Mum)

“I just want to say a huge thank you to yourself and Darren for running the Belvoir Bees junior cricket coaching this year.
Lockdown has been a huge challenge for everyone and to run the group during this difficult period is commendable. Elliott is normally so active with outdoor activities/groups and to lose that for a long period was particularly difficult. It has been invaluable for him to have the cricket group running again as soon as was safe to do so, and he has loved every minute of it! As parents we were really pleased to see the commitment from you both to ensure the safety of the children with social distancing and sanitising measures in place.”

Kris (Dad)’’


“Our son really enjoyed all 4 days he attended, he was given the opportunity to learn and spend time in the fresh air doing activities he wouldn’t ordinarily be able to do and make lots of new friends, too. A lot of thought and effort went in to making it COVID safe, it was just what he needed after lockdown; thank you all very much. He would love to do it again next year”.

Harriet (Mum)


“The team put a lot of thought and effort into creating such a fantastic day where pupils not only have the opportunity to put the skills they have learnt in the coaching sessions into practice but also learn about the environment that they are so fortunate to live in. There are many links to different areas of the curriculum and this year in particular it has played a huge part in helping foster pupils’ sense of well being. Of course, the acid test of any school trip is the reaction of the pupils and to paraphrase one of our pupils after attending the most recent day in September ‘Can every school day be like this?'”

Owen Marriot, Orston Primary School

“My two said cricket, and indeed the countryside club you ran in the holidays, were the best clubs they went to all year and they are so sad to have to wait a whole year till they can go again! Roll on summer 2021.”
Francesca Huggett

“When lockdown was eased earlier this year, we didn’t hesitate to send both our children to cricket. Both absolutely loved it, it was the first time they had left the house without us in months. It was also the first time they could enjoy sports with other children. We also enjoyed the weekly cricket challenges set up by the Trust. ”

Michael Salt

“Belvoir Bees was, without doubt, a highlight of our child’s summer 2020. He has struggled with many other sports sessions and in school, but he not only feels comfortable at Belvoir Bees, but he genuinely loves it and is never happier than when he’s spending time there. It’s been amazing for his self-confidence and it’s really helped him to realise that it’s not always about winning, but that trying hard and being a good sport (and losing well) are equally valuable.”

Alex Evans

“My then five-year-old twins started going to the Belvoir Bees in 2019. The pitch on the grounds of Belvoir Castle is magnificent. Neil Atkins is the coach for our year group and we could not wish for anyone better. He knows exactly how to engage and motivate children. Each Friday afternoon has been loads of fun and we always left with a smile on our faces. Both my daughter and my son enjoyed the sessions very much – particularly during summer 2020, when we isolated for several months during the pandemic and the cricket group was our only social outing. The cricket team took great care in ensuring everyone was as safe as possible, keeping social distancing and encouraging children to use hand sanitizer frequently. Please keep up your fantastic work Darren and Neil. We love what you are doing.”

Bianca Herbert