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Zobair
May 20, 2004, 02:51 PM
If I remember correctly, once the Mirpur Stadium is renovated completely for Cricket it will house the national cricket academy, right?

Having absolutely no idea about how proper cricket coaching and developments programmes are run, I am hoping some of our members would share if they know.

Is there any curriculum/syllabus for the programs?
Is there any classroom teaching involved for, say, technique, biomechanical aspects of batting, bowling and fielding?
Are the academies residential, where the students diets' and practise habits are closely monitored?
How long do the programs last?
And, this may sound silly, is there any sort of graduation/certificate?


I would imagine the Matrix would be used to chart the players progress in the programs.

[Edited on 20-5-2004 by pompous : spelling...grrrr...]

Zobair
May 20, 2004, 03:23 PM
A feature on National Cricket Academy at Nehru Stadium, Delhi
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New Delhi, May 11: Even as match-fixing allegations and charges by players and officials against one another continue to be the hot topic of discussion at various centres, some 70-odd young cricketers have been toiling quietly in the 40 degree plus heat at the Nehru Stadium in the Capital under the able guidance of legendary left-arm spinner Bishan Singh Bedi, former India speedster Yograj Singh, and a host of Sports Authority of India (SAI) coaches.

Match-fixing or betting does not exist for these youngsters who have come from all parts of the country, including Assam, Saurashtra, Baroda, Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, besides a large number from Delhi. Even discussing the subject (match-fixing) is a taboo here, not that the boys have any time for ``such things''.

For Rakesh Dhru, who has come all the way from Jamnagar in Saurashtra for attending the three-month camp, the last three weeks at the National Cricket Academy at Nehru Stadium ``has been a great experience''. ``Neither do we have the time to discuss things other than the game, nor are we interested in such things,'' he categorically states. And that is the general opinion of all the trainees here.

Dhru, who has already represented his state in under-19 and Ranji Trophy this season, was a member of the Junior World Cup squad that won the title in Colombo a few months ago. ``I have gained in self-confidence and have improved my follow-through which is very essential for any bowler in order to get maximum results,'' he adds. ``There are no camps in our district prior to the season. This one is a boon for young cricketers,'' he asserts.

And he is not the only one who is happy to make it to the camp. Almost all the boys say in chorus that it has taught them several things about the game which they were not aware of till then.

Bishan Bedi, for that matter, has been holding regular camps every summer. How different is this one?

``It is the attitude of the boys. Here, we have taken only those who have played the game at some level. They are keen to improve their game. There are no beginners as in our annual summer camps. It is mainly a camp for excellence where the boys are taught the game in the most scientific manner by those who have played the game at the highest level and those who have been involved with coaching for a number of years,'' Bedi says.

The trainees are divided into three categories: Under-14 (Ranji and Duleep), Under-16 (Merchant) and Under-20 (C K Nayudu). Physical training is the most important aspect of the regimen of daily schedule which starts at 7.30 in the morning. Capt KB Dogra, a highly qualified and respected physical trainer, is in charge of this aspect. SAI coaches Arun Bhardwaj, Ramesh Chopra and Mohan Sharma, along with Balwant Singh, a former Delhi medium pacer now settled in Australia, assist Bedi.

One hour of physical training is followed by a session at the nets. Then follow the yoga classes and video viewing of MCC coaching manual cassettes. The videos are basically for the boys to rectify their weaknesses in the game. ``It has been very informative,'' assert the trainees.

India left-arm spinner Sunil Joshi was at the camp for 10 days. ``The trainees made the best use of his presence and thoroughly enjoyed his company at the nets,'' adds Bedi. Murali Karthik and Nikhil Chopra also visited the camp before leaving for Pune to attend the national camp prior to the team selection for Asia Cup in Dhaka.

The presence of Yograj Singh has immensely reduced the burden on Bedi. The two former India bowlers compliment each other by attending to groups of trainees by turn. Yograj is happy to be here to help Bedi. ``I admire Bedi Paahji for his dedication and commitment to the job. There are not many cricketers who work so hard themselves to give back to the game what they had learnt or gained from it. I myself have learnt so much about the art o coaching from him during this camp,'' says Yograj, who has been running a cricket coaching centre in Chandigarh for almost two decades.

``What strikes me most in this camp is the attitude of the boys and the coaches. When a great cricketer like Bedi paahji spends six hours with the boys in this scorching heat, the trainees are only motivated and encouraged to give off their best. I have already noticed tremendous improvement in the endurance level of the boys in this short period. Physical conditioning is being given topmost priority here. It helps a player perform better and last longer at the highest level,'' he stresses.

And the disciplinarian in Bedi seems to have rubbed on Yograj too as he shoos off a trainee from the nets for not coming in proper kit. ``Don't ever come near the ground if you are not wearing proper kit,'' he tells the boy mildly.

In between the five-hour session, there are a couple of intervals to give the boys some breathing time in the heat. Cold drinks/lassi is served at regular intervals to save the boys from dehydration. And at the end of the session, the boys are served lunch and ice cream. The catering part is being taken care of by a few parents of trainees attending the camp. It is more like a family affair where the boys' comforts are taken care of in the best possible manner. While the local boys return to their respective homes, `outsiders' stay at the Nehru Stadium, dreaming of a `bright' future.

Even as Bedi calls `pack off' for the day, a small boy in the under-14 age group approaches the former India skipper and asks him politely, ``Sir, can I bowl at the single wicket for 10 more minutes?'' Is it not proof enough to suggest that the camp has been a roaring success already?


Copyright © 2000 Indian Express Newspapers (Bombay) Ltd.


Link:click (http://www.indianexpress.com/ie/daily/20000512/isp12045.html)

Zobair
May 20, 2004, 03:29 PM
National Cricket Academy in operation at Loughborough University


The 2003-04 intake of the National Academy squad has begun training at the England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) new National Academy at Loughborough University – cricket’s first national training and rehabilitation centre.

The National Academy facility incorporates four basic elements: the indoor cricket centre, which is the largest and best equipped of its kind in the world, outdoor nets and pitches, residential accommodation, and access to the new English Institute of Sport (EIS) science and medicine facilities.

The centre becomes a base, not only for the National Academy players, but also for the training and medical needs of all the England senior and age-group teams, both men and women, as well as coach education and the development of science and medicine within the sport.

The £4.5m capital costs for the project, a joint venture between the ECB, Sport England and Loughborough University, with generous support from the Allan and Nesta Ferguson Trust, covered the build of the new cricket centre and the development of Loughborough’s outdoor net facilities.

In addition, the ECB has signed an exclusive ‘user agreement’ and ‘residential agreement’, which confirm the ECB’s use of the site for the next 20 years, with Loughborough University and with the EIS. It will cost the ECB approximately £350,000 per annum for the use of the site i.e. the indoor cricket centre, including the offices therein, the EIS’ sports science and medical facilities and the residential properties. This sum of money will be covered via the Sport England lottery fund.

Building on the facility began in October 2002 and the intake of National Academy players for the 2003-04 programme started their programme on Monday 13 October 2003.

Hugh Morris, ECB Performance Director, who has been responsible for the project, said, “We chose Loughborough University because of the breadth of training, medical and sports science facilities, which are not only world class but are concentrated together on one site as part of the English Institute of Sport network. At Loughborough our cricketers will also be able to mix with many of the country’s best athletes from a range of other sports which can only be beneficial for them.

“Our new facility will be more than just a centre for our National Academy squad. It will be a national centre for the whole family of cricket, a place of our own where the very best male and female players can be developed and looked after to give them the best chance of achieving excellence at the highest level. It will be a huge boost to cricket in England and Wales.

“My thanks go to Loughborough University, Sport England, the English Institute of Sport, the Allan and Nesta Ferguson Trust and our sponsors Vodafone, and all those who have helped us get to this stage. They can all rightly feel very proud of their achievement.”

The indoor cricket centre
The cricket centre at Loughborough is the largest bespoke indoor cricket centre in the world. Measuring approx 70m by 25m, there are six lanes and the hall is long enough to accommodate a fast bowler off a full run-up bowling to a wicket-keeper standing back. The Hawkeye tracking system has been installed as a coaching aid as well as other types of advanced technical analysis equipment.

Outside the main hall area, but in the same building, a variety of ancillary services are accommodated on three floors. There is a fitness and conditioning centre, changing rooms with a recovery area including hot and cold spa baths, and two changing rooms specifically to service the outdoor cricket pitches.

The facility also offers office accommodation for the National Academy staff, who are now based permanently at Loughborough. A ‘performance analysis’ centre, which includes an editing suite, will be available to analyse data from the Hawkeye system; it also houses a comprehensive video library of the world’s best teams and players. In addition there are seminar rooms, a bar and a viewing balcony.

Outdoor facilities
The cricket centre overlooks Loughborough University’s main cricket ground, and the ECB will have access to this and one other high quality cricket ground for up to 45 match days a year. In addition, a bank of up to 18 grass nets are being developed, to which the ECB will have exclusive access.

Residential facilities
The ECB National Academy squad will be accommodated on site in two houses, situated a short walk from the cricket centre and refurbished to three star standard. There will be nine bedrooms in each house, as well as a relaxation area, kitchen and laundry facilities.

Source: click (http://www.lboro.ac.uk/service/publicity/news-releases/2003/03_78_cricket.html)