Schools cricket is an important developmental factor for the continued growth for cricket within Sierra Leone. School cricket is believed to form the basis for the Sierra Leone Cricket Association (SCLA) to plan for the future of the sport, both in developmental capacities but also to get Sierra Leone competing with the african powerhouses in African cricket. In today’s environment most national players were developed competing in school cricket. The SCLA is also working within the precedence of the ICC growth strategy, within the strategy outlined by the governing body school cricket has been targeted as a key area to enable growth of cricket within a nation. The SCLA understands the importance of this growth strategy and are committed to facilitating the growth of school cricket.

Cricket was first introduced to Sierra Leone during 1898 by the British Royal Artillery forces and it was not long after this date that schools began to adopt the game. The first record of schools within the country competing were the Sierra Leone Grammar School (SLGS) and the Methodist Boys High School (MBHS) who are based in Freetown. The game then was documented to spread into the provinces during 1906, when Bo Government Secondary School was first formed and began to compete. From 1995-2006 St. Edwards Secondary School dominated the Inter Secondary School Championship but recent times there have been more schools becoming powerful in the cricketing scene. This has been witnessed with Government Model Secondary School (GMSS) winning the 2013 edition of the Inter Secondary School Champions and the Prince Of Wales school winning the 2014 edition if the same the same competition. Another key date for the development of school cricket within the nation is since 1995 there have been workshops and seminars conducted within schools to further promote education about the game.

Due to a lack of funding school cricket could be said to have not developed as quickly as would have been performed, however, with the dedication of the SCLA then this growth will quickly develop with the aim of creating a range of fully competitive league which will be accessible to both men and females and a wide range of ages. The current progress of school cricket within the nation is that several Primary and Secondary Schools are involved in the School Cricket program. However, there is a aim to increase the participation of both primary and secondary schools within the nation to enable children across the nation the access to play cricket.