Prospective students

The Lightning Cricket programme is designed to benefit cricketers with the potential to play International cricket or in The Hundred.

In some cases, applicants may have already played Super League, The Hundred, England Academy or Senior Academy Level by the time they reach University. Although a representative background is more favourable, Lightning Cricket is open to any cricketer who has followed the correct ‘How to apply’ steps.

Applicants should note that this Regional Hub caters for the very best young cricketers, who have the potential and commitment to develop and progress into Women’s Cricket, however, those good young cricketers immediately below this standard may also benefit from attendance at Institutions where there are Regional Hubs, since the facilities for cricket and the coaching will invariably be far better than other academic institutions. At Lightning Cricket for example, we actively support the development of players in the Academy squad and BUCS squad immediately below the Senior team, which also benefits from experienced and highly qualified coaches (but a less intensive programme), in order to ensure that emerging or late developing talent is recognised and encouraged.

How can they become Lightning players?

Any player in the Loughborough University cricket programme has the opportunity to become a Lightning player. The Loughborough Women’s Cricket Programme has evolved into an aspirational pathway that offers opportunity to those who have ability and accept every element of cricket as a lifestyle. Those who adopt this lifestyle are the ones who will most likely play for Lightning Cricket. It’s not necessarily where you are as a cricketer when you arrive, it’s about what you can achieve with the right support.


For all player enquiries please email the Head Coach, Rob Taylor.

Rob Taylor - Head Women's Cricket Coach

Rob Taylor

Head Women’s Cricket Coach

Rob graduated from Loughborough in 2012 and went on to play for Leicestershire CCC and Scotland until 2016. In his professional career, he played a total of 172 matches with highlights including playing in the 2015 Cricket World Cup in Australia & New Zealand.

Since finishing his professional Career, Rob completed his Level 3 Coaching qualification. He joined the coaching team at Loughborough in 2016 working on the Loughborough MCCU men’s and women’s schemes. During the 2017 season Rob was fielding coach of the Loughborough Lightning and took over as Head Coach in June 2018. 


For our most exceptional performance cricket players, we offer sports scholarships to help with the costs of training and competition.