Sixth former Mohsin Ali is hoping to follow in his father’s footsteps and play international cricket after winning a sports scholarship at Derby Grammar School.
The 16-year-old joined the school in September this year and is studying A-levels in Biology, Geography and English Literature.
Winning a sports scholarship due to his cricket means that he will be given extra support to pursue his dream.
The teenager is one of five sports scholars at Derby Grammar School’s Sixth Form this year – the highest number the school has ever had in one year group.
Currently Mohsin plays for Derbyshire U17s and is about to join Clifton Cricket Club from a side in Derby. He trains for around 15 to 18 hours a week.
Mohsin’s father played for Pakistan U19s team when he was younger and the teenager is determined to emulate him – although his aim is to represent England.
He said: “I was born in Pakistan but came here when I was very young. If I had a choice I would probably choose England because the set up is better. My interest and my passion for cricket definitely comes from my dad. I’ve been playing since I was three or four years old. He is very happy that I have this scholarship and he’s very proud of me.”
Chris Whitworth, Head of PE and Games, said this was the biggest number of sports scholars that the school had seen in one year group in the Sixth Form.
He said: “With our sports scholars we offer extra support with the management of their workloads in terms of club and elite pathway commitments, whilst at the same time working towards getting three good A levels. They are also role models for the rest of the school. This is something that is really close to my heart; I want parents to recognise that we nurture talent and excellence wherever it lies, whether it be academically, in sport or in the creative arts – music or drama.”
Mr Whitworth said there was also a strong focus on using sport to support students’ wellbeing.
He said: “At Derby Grammar School we follow the mantra of healthy body, healthy mind. With the mental health and wellbeing of our young people so important, physical exercise provides the opportunity to move away from the screen and blow off a little steam. It’s not only through the curriculum that schools can encourage pupils to do this. Breaktimes, after-school clubs and a regular match programme are all opportunities to further promote physical activity.”
The Sixth Form at Derby Grammar School is going from strength to strength and has just had its largest intake of girls since 2012. Seven girls have joined the Sixth Form this year which has also meant that there has been the largest number of girls playing in mixed hockey first team matches.
As well as playing the traditional sports, girls and boys also benefit from working with a qualified strength and conditioning coach who played football for GB Universities and Aston Villa in the Women’s Super League.
The school is holding a Sixth Form Experience Day on November 5th for pupils currently in Year 11. Book your place