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30 Sep

Yorkshire Cricket College joins forces with Gym Group

The Yorkshire Cricket College (YCC) has joined forces with The Gym Group to boost students’ health and wellbeing.

The collaboration sees all students at the college receive a membership with The Gym Group – which has a site in The Headrow, Otley Road, in Headingley – as part of their college experience.

Students will use the facilities as part of their weekly practical sessions and the membership allows them to be a member of both the Headingley site as well as another Gym Group facility near to where they live.

Nick Robinson, the head of the YCC, said: “The Yorkshire Cricket College is delighted to be partnering with the Gym Group.

“Not only do we want our students to leave us as better cricketers, but also fitter, stronger, and healthier individuals.

“Their new facility is a 5-minute walk from Emerald Headingley Stadium will provide our learners with the ideal training environment to develop their physical literacy as they enter adulthood.”

The Gym group opened the new Otley Road site in July this year.

Located above the Arndale Centre, the venue boasts more than 21,000 square feet of gym space with cardiovascular, free weights and functional training equipment.

The Gym Headingley offers a range of gym classes on offer at the gym, as well as free parking for members while the Gym’s budget prices aims to break down economic barriers to fitness, with an introductory membership offer of £9.99 per month and no joining fee for the first three months.

Dylan Noble, the General Manager for The Gym Headingley, said: “The location simply couldn’t be better – Headingley is a very vibrant area.

“We’ve really pulled out all the stops with this one as it is flagship gym in Leeds.

“One of the main things is that we have really stepped up our game in is the functional area and we have a lot of specific equipment that will help the students with their training.”

The college, which supports 55 students across two year groups and is based at the Emerald Headingley Stadium, in Leeds, provides Level 3 business and sports qualifications (the equivalent to three A-Levels) for young people aged 16-18 years old.

Alongside this professional cricket coaching delivered by the Pro Coach organisation, is used to holistically develop the students by developing teamwork skills, enhancing self-confidence, leadership ability and autonomy.

Kieran Rogers, a coach for Pro Coach, said: “This partnership… gives students a little bit extra focus in terms of their fitness and a great big space to work in with a lot of great equipment to make use of.

“It also allows us now to design really focused plans for each cricketer and that allows them to build strength, power… and they’ll see massive gains and improvements going forward.”

Going forward the Yorkshire Cricket College is looking to support more female students while also increasing it’s annual intake.

Millie Gray, 17, a second year student from Sheffield, said: “If you’re interested in the sport studying here is a really great opportunity and you should go for it!

“I have an interest in psychology and what’s great is we get the chance to focus on this area in assignments. I’ll be really interested to use psychology in helping cricket performance and in training.

“This new gym partnership is great as well because it’s not even a five minute walk from the stadium itself so really easy access to come to.

“It’s great that it’s open 24 hours so we can come after lessons and work on things that would help with bowling and batting. And we’ve been given specialised programmes that will help us improve.”

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Find out more about the fantastic Yorkshire Cricket College here.

There is still time to sign up for this year’s college courses, with a the deadline on Friday, 8 October.

For further details please contact Nick Robinson, the head of the YCC and the Education Manager for the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation, on:

- nick.robinson@yorkshirecricketfoundation.com

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