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18 Jan

Yorkshire Cricket College Announce First Ever Captains

The Yorkshire Cricket College has gone from strength to strength since it began in September 2017. Today, the YC College have chosen 3 captains from the first ever cohort.

We spoke to new captains James, Will and Josh to see what they thought about being chosen…

What does it mean to you to be the first captains of Yorkshire Cricket College- how do you feel?

James: I’m really looking forward to it, I feel proud to have been picked, it’s a good amount of responsibility to be given and I’m happy there is 3 of us to all support each other.
Will: It’s a privilege to be picked. I’m injured myself so will be out of action for a while, but I think that will work in the teams favour as I can provide a more objective insight and an outsiders viewpoint.
Josh: I’m really excited, it’s a bit nerve-racking, as it’s the first cohort and we want to make a really good start and build a name for the Yorkshire Cricket College, but I’m looking forward to the challenge.

Why do you think you have been chosen for the job?

James: We’re confident in our ability, we all have good experience at coaching and leading a team. I think this opportunity will help us develop our team work and leadership skills and I’m confident we can do a good job.
Josh: I think we were chosen because of the skill set we have, we’re all pretty organised and punctual and as well, I think it’s important that the rest of the team sees us as approachable and trustworthy. We have formed a strong team dynamic and want to keep this going.

How do you plan to run your captaincy?

Will: Strictly. We want to see good results. But we also really want to build a strong team relationship and take care of individuals, considering their player preferences. We want to have a good management structure and to make sure everyone is happy.
James: I play to win, it’s all about results and we want to see them.

How do you plan to inspire your team?

Will: Keeping the team motivated and on track I think is key. Making sure that everyone is clear on their role and what part they have to play in making the whole team successful.

Josh: Having regular team talks, backing everyone up during training and setting challenges.

James: I think leading from the front and keeping everyone involved is crucial.

What is your plan of action for upcoming fixtures?

Will: Our first one is on 25th April, up in Newcastle and we have 2 more games confirmed. We’re planning to go with an open minded approach and see how we get on at the first match, after than we’ll assess squad availability and play to our strengths. We’re really eager to start off well and set the tone for the first ever cohort of Yorkshire Cricket College.

Do you have any plans for after you finish college?

Will: I’m hoping to continue with my cricket and do a bit of coaching and then travel for a while.
James: I definitely want to continue with cricket, I’m currently taking on an extra coaching course in Halifax , whether that be in a coaching capacity or a degree at University.,
Josh: I’d quite like to play cricket overseas, do a bit of travelling and work alongside this.

Tell us about your college experience so far?

Will: Training is great, it’s a really good environment and quite relaxed which is nice and everyone gets on.
James: In terms of the workload, we’ve all learnt to take ownership of own work, for the education and coaching side of things, you definitely get out what you put in.
Josh: You have to take responsibility for your own game and education, you need to find good work pairing for both in class and training and decide what works best for you.

What advice would you give to someone thinking of coming to the Yorkshire cricket college?

Josh: Come to an open day and see what it’s all about!
James: Research the course before you come, the cricket is the bit that attracts everyone and it’s important that the course is right for you also. If you want a career in sport, this is the course for you.
Will: You need to factor in practical things such as travel, but think about what you want from the course. It’s great because there’s such a professional environment here, it’s a bit different to a normal college.

Next College Open Day:

15th February
6-8pm
Emerald Headingley Stadium

If you would like further information, please contact: Nick.Robinson@yorkshireccc.com

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