Week 1: New YC College cohort train like professionals
Last week saw the start of year two at the Yorkshire Cricket College and a brand-new cohort of 25 students walked through the gates at Emerald Headingley Stadium.
Induction week involved meeting their peers, what they can expect from the college and introductions from the head of the college, tutors and coaches.
On day three, students took part in a training session and fitness test led by Yorkshire CCC’s Lead Strength and Conditioning Coach, Ian Fisher.
“It’s really inspiring to know that other people have trained here that have made it. It gives you a boost, another 10%” – Buck, first year student.
“I’m looking forward to improving my skill set, to learning new skills and techniques. When I’ve finished, I’d like to go to University to study psychology with either sport or law, the Yorkshire Cricket College will allow me to do this and offers lots of opportunities for me” – Ellie, first year student.
“It’s a great experience, I just want to go as far as I can so in order to do that I need the best facilities, which is why I think this is the perfect opportunity for anyone aspiring to play cricket to a professional level” – Archie, first year student.
“It’s been a really good session this morning with the college first year students, we did some movement screening to get a picture of how they move for some gym-based activities further down the line, we also did some testing with them including hops, jumps and some core capacity and ended with a yo-yo test.
We did the same tests as we do with the professional teams, that was the thinking behind this, to give them a taste of what the pro’s do and get them along the same pathways as the academy. This is the start of their physical journey with Yorkshire Cricket so it’s a good opportunity week 1 to see where they are at and improve from there” – Ian Fisher, Yorkshire CCC Lead Strength & Conditioning Coach.
“It is exactly this type of experience that makes the Yorkshire Cricket College unique. We’ve gauged where the students are physically and it’ll be intriguing to watch their development over the next couple of months. I firmly believe that the regular fitness sessions translate into a better attitude to learning when they are back in the classroom as well as improving their overall health and wellbeing.” -Nick Robinson, Education & Participation Manager, Yorkshire Cricket Founation
Interested in joining this year’s cohort? We’re still accepting applications for 2018 entry. For more information contact Nick.Robinson@yorkshirecricketfoundation.com