Wednesday 18 December 2013 

Academy Class of 2014 report back to training


Fourteen young cricketers who have been named in Warwickshire’s Academy for 2013/14 recently reported for the start of preseason training.

Following presentations from Academy Director Gary Steer, Director of Cricket Dougie and from David Graveney of the ECB, who discussed the England Development Programme, the player got chance to 'blow away the winter cobwebs by taking part in a countryside survival run in Evesham, Worcestershire.

The group (pictured) were not only physically pushed hard with the running up and down hills, over hurdles and through water, they were also set team tasks, which challenged them mentally.

The academy players have now embarked on a programme that includes three technical sessions a week led by Graeme Welch (Bowling), Tony Frost/Gary Steer/Kelly Evenson/Kadeer Ali (Batting), Mark Evenson (Fielding) and also on occasions, Carl Crowe (ECB Spin Bowling Coach) will also support the programme.

Underpinning the technical side are two Strength & Conditioning sessions led by Chris Armstrong, Sports Psychology Sessions headed up by Dr Mark Holland and also Personal Development & Welfare Sessions, which Lynsey Williams from Professional Cricketers Association manages.

Following excellent performances in training and during the summer, the following players have been selected for the academy for 2013/14 -

  • Tom Banton (U15)
  • Liam Banks (U15)
  • Aaron Thomason (U17)
  • Jim Clifford (U17)
  • Marie Kelly (U18)
  • Andy Umeed (U18)
  • Matthew Lamb (U18)
  • Oli Haley (U18)
  • Sunny Singh (U18)
  • Michael Waugh (U18)
  • Brinder Phagura (U18)
  • Mark Adair (U18)
  • Basit Zaman (U19)
  • Mark Best (U19)
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