Whilst our last school holiday period saw us jet-setting around the globe to South Africa and USA, Easter saw us putting on a bumper 3-week programme at Pro Coach HQ, Headingley. With most of our ever-popular master classes and camps returning, we also put a twist on some of our old classics.
Weeks 1 and 3 saw our famous Vikings Camp return with a few extra treats for our little cricketers! As can always be expected it was the nosiest course of the programme, with plenty of cheers and appealing heard throughout the 5 days. The aim of our Vikings Camps is to encourage the kids to have fun and try new things through a lot of games based learning. With a few tense finishes in the games and catching competitions, it was great to see that competitive spirit already prevalent in the next generation! The camp attendees also had the added bonus of an exclusive behind the scenes tour of Yorkshire Cricket Stadium. With access to restricted areas, they were given an insight into what goes on a daily basis and on match days at Yorkshire County Cricket Club. We also teamed up with BOOST, using their wrist bands to track the number of steps covered throughout the course. With close to 400,00 steps racked up over the 2 camps, it’s safe to say our camps are certainly energetic!
The ever-popular batting and bowling master classes ran each week of our Easter programme. With the batting master class; 1 day is spent being challenged against pace bowling and the next day the emphasis changes to facing spin bowling. An important part of our courses is when we implement a game scenario. It’s fantastic to see the young players really starting to think about how best to practically apply their newly acquired skills, scoring runs and taking wickets may be about technique to an extent but cricketers need to be smart in order to succeed.
Week 2 saw us take a more specialist approach with a spin master class and an all new wicket keeping & T20 batting master class. The spin master class lead by Mark Lawson always sees huge improvements from the attendees; with a low coach to player ratio, each player gets plenty of contact time over the 8 hours. With the modern game demanding more from wicket keepers than ever before, lead coach Matt Green wanted to include T20 batting into the traditional wicket keeping master class. Often wicket keepers are not only needed to score runs, but expected to do so and quickly! Massive improvements were seen right across the board, with keepers showing the ability to clear the rope continuously.
A new initiative we introduced this holiday period was the ‘Course MVP’, our coaches awarded a Yorkshire shirt to the player who showed the most improvement, who listened the most and who was generally a pleasure to coach. As is often the case there was more than one ideal candidate making it impossible to choose just one! Congratulations to all the winners and keep an eye out for our next set of courses, will you be our next MVP?