Regional Programme off to a strong start
Despite indoor cricket activity not starting until
January, the Cricket Wales regional programme kicked off remotely on Sunday 8th
November with over 470 players across the U11-U15 age groups engaging with the
start of the athletic development sessions.
Players from the newly formed Cricket Wales East (CWE),
West (CWW), South (CWS) joined CWN (North) and Athletic Development Coach Louis
Thomas in a number of sessions spread across Sunday afternoon as Cricket Wales
continues to place an emphasis on developing better movement competencies in
its youngsters (despite the pandemic). Coach Thomas, under the tutelage of Glamorgan
CCC’s strength and conditioning team Tom Turner and Jacob Adams is a student at
the University of South Wales and has been involved within the Cricket Wales
pathway for the last 2 years.
Geraint Leach (co-Pathway Lead of CWE) said, “delivering the S & C programme virtually is a great way to integrate all the players
from around the Welsh Cricket Pathway system and also help develop efficient
fundamental movement patterns which will benefit their performances when we get
to the practical stage of delivering sessions. It is also a great way for the
players to interact in the current climate with COVID restrictions'"
Mark Cox (Pathway Lead, CWS) commented, “It
was great to see so many of the boys and girls throwing themselves into the
session and working on their strength, mobility and flexibility. We have
received lots of positive feedback about how much the children enjoyed the
session and that there were a few stiff bodies going to school the next day!
These live sessions will be complemented by a pre-recorded session that will be
completed midweek. It was a nice bonus to see so many parents joining in with
the players we may well have the fittest players and supporters in the country
Ian Williams (co-Pathway Lead, CWE) added, “Fitness
plays such an important part in all sports at all ages and all levels. The
importance of the strength and conditioning programme being implemented by
Cricket Wales at Junior Regional level cannot be underestimated as it is
perfectly measured and tailored to the athletic needs of cricket and a benefit
to all participants to their development as players and to their health and
well- being generally.”
Steve Lewis (Pathway Lead, CWW) also said, “The strength and conditioning
sessions will have a positive, physical
and mental impact on our players in preparation for the 2021 season. The
enthusiasm from all was awesome. It was tough but it will get easier!!”
Sessions continue up until the end of 2020 and will form a key part of the programme into 2021 on a different schedule.