With the beginning of the cricket season only a few months
away the University of Exeter has created an exciting opportunity for young
people to take their first step into the world of cricket.
Working in conjunction with the Devon Cricket Board (DCB) the
University has set up a regular cricket coaching programme aimed at 7-10 year
old children. The scheme will offer high quality cricket coaching to the whole
community and hopes to encourage more children to experience one of the
country's most iconic sports.
Running every Saturday morning (9-11am) from 19 January – 23
March the sessions will focus on the enjoyment of cricket whilst helping
children to learn and improve fundamental cricketing skills. A wide variety of
teaching games and activities will be used to develop children's coordination,
balance, agility and fitness whilst also encouraging team work, communication
Coach Adam Peters commented "I find it so rewarding to see
children learning new cricket skills and having great fun. I focus my coaching
on promoting enjoyment to foster long-term involvement in this fantastic sport,
whilst ensuring that all children improve their skills. This is an amazing
opportunity for children to come and experience cricket in the Devon Cricket
The two hour coaching sessions will cost just £10 per child
(or £100 for all ten weeks), offering an affordable opportunity for children to
experience cricket in one of the best indoor facilities in the South West; the
Sir Christopher Ondaatje Devon Cricket Centre.
The £2million centre was completed in 2009 as a joint
venture between the University and the DCB. It's unique indoor playing space
and indoor practice nets provide an ideal coaching environment for players of
The scheme is supported by the DCB who work to promote and
improve cricket throughout the county. The DCB runs a number of high quality
coaching courses for players of all ages and abilities and offers a number of
pathways for performance cricketers.
DCB Cricket Development Manager Matt Theedom commented "The
DCB supports this excellent initiative to allow children to discover and
progress in the game of cricket."
These dedicated children's sessions will run alongside a
number of other cricketing opportunities throughout the year, including holiday
camps and fun days. Keagh Fry, a mother from Exeter, said "My son was really
nervous about attending a cricket day in August 2012, but came home so
enthusiastic about it he was running around the garden practicing his bowling
technique. He was practicing his bowling at every opportunity for the next
couple of months, excited to have learnt something new. He had such a great day
with the coaches."
If you are interested in enrolling a child onto the
programme please contact the University of Exeter Sports Park on 01392 724452
or coach Adam Peters on 01392 725069.