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8th January 2010

Durham Cricket Foundation Coaching Camp

Durham County Cricket Foundation in association with Tesco and the Esh Charitable Trust ran three Pre-Season Academy’s at the Riverside before Christmas with over 60 young cricketers attending from Durham, Northumberland, Cleveland and Cumbria.

The Academy was designed to give the lads an overview of their game ahead of pre-season training. Attendants took part in a fitness assessment (which was a bit of a shock to the system on a cold Monday morning!). They were then put through their paces with fielding challenges before Durham’s coaches analysed individuals batting and bowling technique.

The Academies utilised all the resources the Riverside has to offer, taking place in the indoor cricket school, with the latest video technology used to analyse the lads batting and bowling technique. They also had first use of the new “Merlyn” spin bowling machine to really test their batting skills. The fitness assessments took place in the Durham players gym and everyone got a behind the scenes look around the Riverside to get a true experience of life as a professional cricketer as well as a Durham coaching t-shirt!

There was plenty of experience on hand to give the lads tips and advice about their game. The Academy was led by Durhams Academy coaches John Windows and Ali Maiden and Community Coach Richard Hopper. First team coach Geoff Cook was on hand to work on the batting aspect and Durhams Fast Bowling Coach Alan Walker took the bowling sessions. Durhams star all-rounder Will Gidman also gave participants some words of wisdom about being a professional player (Will also did a fine stint as a net bowler!) and Durham Academy players Ryan Pringle and Ben Raine were also on hand to help the lads through the course.

All the Academies were a success and a great way to start pre-season training as it gave participants a real edge to their game ahead of the new season.

Durham County Cricket Foundation in association with Tesco and the Esh Charitable Trust are planning on running more pre-season academies before the new season along with many other coaching opportunities including several batting, bowling, wicket-keeping and fielding master-classes at the Riverside.

For further information about coaching opportunities, or about the Durham County Cricket Foundation please contact Richard Hopper (