Academically both Leeds City and Calderdale Colleges are perfect for aspiring students to achieve what they want in education. They supply teaching for GCSEs to Degree level qualifications, so the opportunities are endless. There a range of courses available to the sports students to ensure they can play their preferred sport for the college and that they get all the benefits that college offer from both an educational point of view but also a sporting point of view.
The colleges base their timetables around a sporting student so that they can train with Pro Coach through the winter and play in the competitive matches in the summer, so to enable maximum training and contact time with coaches. Contact time is one of the benefits of being a student athlete at both of the colleges Pro Coach works with.
The Cricket Centre of Excellence has all its coaching provided by Pro Coach Yorkshire Cricket at Headingley Indoor Cricket Centre where Yorkshire CCC trains or at the Inspire Centre attached to Calderdale College.
The students train twice a week throughout the winter, after the season finishes the sessions will be one Cricket session a week and one Gym session a week looking to build the players fitness back up before hitting the cricket sessions hard after Christmas. After Christmas the programme will start back up with two Cricket Sessions a week with an aim to hone in on an individual's technique and slowly build up to them being at the top of their game come the start of the season. Throughout the course the students will undergo fitness testing which will be recorded and a minimum target set for each individual to hit come the start of the cricket season.
Through the season the team will train and play with the teams taking part in a regional T20 tournament in which they can progress through to the national finals. Alongside the T20 competition the teams will also play in a number of 40-50 over games against other colleges and teams so that they can look at different techniques and tactics that are required in the longer format of the game. This exposure to different formats will not only improve their game for the college but also look to improve their personal performances on a weekend for their local cricket clubs or representatives.