Pete’s school work and coaching courses have been really well received and provide a fun and structured environment that everyone seems to enjoy, as can be seen from the above Facebook post!

And Pete received the following comments by e-mail and was utterly thrilled:

“Hi Pete,

I just wanted to send a quick note to you to say thank you. [          ] beamed from ear to ear, and was so animated, when he told [his Dad] that you had praised him this evening. Your enthusiasm towards his progress made him swell and, for a young boy who is constantly overlooked at school, it meant the world.

What you have done for [        ]’s self esteem, since he started playing cricket with you is incredible, and we feel so grateful for him to have you as such a positive influence in his life.

Everyone needs a teacher who makes that difference and you make him feel he can do, and has the mindset to, move mountains.Thankyou so much, Pete.”

Some of the other comments Pete has received, either by e-mail/text or directly onto his Facebook site, include:

Thank you for all you do for the kids, I know we parents think you’re super with them all 👍🏻

Helen Sturdy

Boys loved it! Thanks so much Pete.

Anna Milbank

Freddie has had a great time at your summer camps. Enjoy the rest of your summer! 🏏

Rebecca Swiers

Thanks Pete for another great cricket camp today. Jack had a blast & looking forward to another fab day tomorrow 😊

Heather Stuart

The children love their after school cricket sessions with Pete. They all respect him and have a great relationship with him too. Pete always makes every session enjoyable and meaningful. He always takes great care with the children and thinks about their individual needs, building up their self-esteem and enabling them to succeed in whichever task he wants them to do, whilst having fun!

As a school we have found Pete to be extremely friendly, professional, adaptable, keeping us fully informed of any changes and has excellent timekeeping.

I would fully recommend him to any school or sports club.

Christine Gabbott, Headteacher, Pickhill Primary School, Thirsk

It has been great! Both children and staff have enjoyed having you in! When I came in on Monday the session was fab! The children were all engaged and the way you are with the children was lovely to see! Thank you.

Louise Cuthbert, Teacher and PE Co-ordinator, Alverton Community Primary School, Northallerton

“Congratulations Pete on your role at The Yorkshire Cricket Foundation! Very well deserved, fantastic coach, with the patience of a saint with little ones. We will always be so very grateful for the skills you taught our children who are enjoying cricket so very much.”

Ali Harris, Mum of Ella Harris. Pete was Ella’s first coach from age 6 to 9 and she represents Yorkshire at her age group

“Just a quick text to let you know that Ben has been selected for Yorkshire Pathways bronze starting in January. Thanks for all you’ve done to get him to this point.”

Caroline – Mum of Ben

My two sons came to your cricket day for the first time today and absolutely loved it! The eldest would have come back again tomorrow given the chance! Thank you

Sarah Broadwith

Ellis can’t wait till the next session! Loved the day and great coaching for kids.

Sarah Gwynne

The boys loved it today.

Ros Freer Turner

My boy loves these cricket courses.

Laura Snowdon

Just to say a big thank you for the cricket in Ripon this last couple of days. Tom had a really good time, and it is very much appreciated.

Nick Colquhoun

We had Pete into our school to improve our children’s striking and fielding skills and encourage the love of cricket. The children responded extremely well to Pete – he explained things very clearly and focused on perfecting key skills before applying these to games. The games involved the entire class therefore no standing around. The children’s love of cricket improved dramatically which was evidenced in the annual PE questionnaires.

Laura Graham, Teacher and PE Co-ordinator, Carlton Miniott Primary School

It was one of the best PE lessons. Pete was epic and awesome.

Children at Carlton Miniott Primary School

Pete’s enthusiasm was contagious, he came into our school and helped raise the profile of cricket, gave staff more ideas of how to teach and engage all pupils in activities and ran exciting after-school clubs for pupils interested in taking the sport further.

James Hodgson, Teacher and PE Co-ordinator, Ainderby Steeple Primary School

The brilliant coach, Pete, talked to us about cricket ….

Isabelle said that she liked the fielding the best because she liked to catch the ball when the batter hit the ball into the air.

James G said that he liked the batting the most because he liked hitting the ball into the air.

Children at Ainderby Steeple Primary School

Ethan really enjoyed himself. Pete is an excellent teacher I would highly recommend.

Debbie Lemon

Edward and Annabel have thoroughly enjoyed themselves today! Thanks Pete‬.

‪Sarah Amies‪

‪Olivia and Jacob had a great day. Thanks Pete.‬

Lindsay Westmoreland

Isaac has thoroughly enjoyed each training session he’s had with you Pete – many thanks.

Sharon Bainbridge

5 stars – We have one very happy 6 year old always keen to get to a cricket day, always excited to share what he has learnt that day! Very well structured and safe environment for kids. Thanks Pete, you do a fantastic job come rain or shine!

Stephanie Parker

‪Freddie told me he had a fantastic time today although his team lost.

Elaine Williams‪

…there were tears at hometime ….. they could easily have stayed!‬

‪Abigail Whitmarsh Shepherd‪

Rupes really enjoyed the days he spent with you and is keen to come along again.


Thanks so much for the Cricket Day yesterday, the boys loved it and have begged me to book them on the other two days as well 🙂

Abigail Whitmarsh Shepherd

I can’t thank you enough for having Callum for those two days, he had a great time and spoke very highly of you all! In fact last night his Dad couldn’t get him to stop telling and showing him all the things that is has learnt over these two days.

Unfortunately we are not here for either of the two additional days shown below otherwise I think Callum’s name would definitely be down.

Thank you again, it’s really appreciated and great that the boys enjoyed it so much.


Excellent well organised and friendly coaching. Freddie has had a fab 2 days…any more coaching days in the holidays?

Helen W Mortimer

We and the children are very happy with the after school club… would you be happy to continue into the Autumn term?

Pickhill Primary School

It’s been great having you here, I can see the effect that you have had on all of the children and in particular the team- if they play as well as they did last time then they should do well.

South Otterington Primary School

Ethan had a lovely day yesterday and was disappointed he couldn’t attend today! Lovely supportive, fun coaching. Thank you.

Tracey McKevitt

Charlie P had a great day too! Will definitely be on the next camp! Thanks Pete!

Stephanie Parker

Thank you Pete Keighley for two days of fantastic cricket coaching, Alfie & Austin have thoroughly enjoyed every minute!

Deborah Armitage

Peter quickly established a reputation as a very patient, highly enthusiastic and very capable coach. He was incredibly popular amongst all the children he worked with and highly respected by all the parents. His positive outlook and encouraging approach ensured that all the children enjoyed his sessions and made progress irrespective of their level of ability.

Robert Oakley, Chairman Upperthong CC

Throughout the time I have known Pete his commitment and dedication to the children he has coached has been evident. Pete has excellent communication skills and delivers well-planned interesting sessions too. Pete coaches children as individuals and works personally on their strengths and weaknesses.

He successfully passes on his own passion for the sport to the children he coaches. Both my boys have developed a love for the game and one is now training at representative level thanks to Pete’s coaching.

Jonathan Armitage, Parent, Upperthong CC

Pete was my son’s U9’s cricket coach at Upperthong Cricket Club but I have also known him in my capacity as Club Secretary.

At all times I have found Pete to be both knowledgeable & enthusiastic. He pays equal attention to all ages and abilities and encourages the children to do their very best. He keeps the interest of even the youngest going, whose attention spans aren’t always the longest. I know he has played a huge part in my son’s skill and enthusiasm for the sport. He has just had his first season in open age cricket at the age of 14 & also plays representative cricket.

Caroline Balmforth, Parent, Club Secretary, Upperthong CC

Pete coached my daughter Amy at cricket from the age of 5 through to 9 at Upperthong Cricket Club, she is now 14 and still plays the game, representing the local girls team, Upperthong boys under 15s and the West Yorkshire girls team.

I firmly believe that this is largely due to the way Pete coached her and the other children from the age of 5, through making the sessions inclusive, interactive, fun and highly enjoyable for all the children, whilst developing the cricketing skills of the children irrespective of their gender or ability.

I would thoroughly recommend Pete to any club or organisation looking for someone to coach their children to either enjoy their cricket or develop their cricketing skills further.

Neil Broomhead, Parent, Upperthong CC

Pete coached my daughter Ella from the age of 6 for over 3 years and in that time I can only say that his dedication to the group of children he was coaching was nothing short of 100%.He made the sessions varied, structured and fun and there is no doubt from a personal point of view he helped develop Ella into a good all round cricketer, who has since gone onto be selected for Yorkshire at county level.

There is no way she would have achieved this without the input of Peter who worked tirelessly in his own free time for many hours.

I would not hesitate to recommend him for any future involvement in cricket coaching or for any potential employer.

Steven Harris, Parent, Upperthong CC

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