Northants Cricket today announced a partnership with Moulton College in forming the new ‘Moulton College Cricket Academy’, that will see the club’s talented youngsters enjoying the best in cricket coaching and Post 16 education.
The partnership will be one of the first of its kind in professional cricket, and will see the club’s youngsters gain improved training whilst receiving their Post 16 education.
Phil Rowe, Northants Cricket Performance Coach, who helped set up the College Academy said, “We’re delighted to be partnering Moulton College in launching the Moulton College Cricket Academy. The facilities and staff at Moulton are first class and we’ve been impressed by their Academy programmes in numerous sports including Rugby and Football where they already partner the Saints and Cobblers.
“Through the partnership, our Academy players will have a bespoke curriculum enabling them to study full time, with their cricket training and sports science conditioning work built into their weekly schedules. We believe this package will also attract players from outlying counties who are considering their cricketing and education options, post 16.
“We see this as a big first step in a partnership with Moulton that we would like to build on. They have in excess of 30 lecturers in Sports Science and Medicine, and their existing and planned sports facilities are terrific. Obviously, it’s very early days and there is a lot to do, but I am optimistic we can build something of lasting value to Northants Cricket, Moulton College and most importantly to the young people involved.”
Lee Howarth, Moulton College Director of Sport, added, “As the profile of cricket in this country has never been higher with the development of Twenty20 and the recent Ashes victories, it seems to be a great time for Moulton College to be entering into partnership with Northants Cricket for the Moulton College Cricket Academy.
“The sports academy concept allows youngsters to receive professional coaching alongside education as part of the college timetable. Whenever we develop a sports academy we always use coaches with a background in the professional game as this gives instant credibility when you are dealing with people that have been there and done it. The cricket academy offers talented young cricketers a fantastic opportunity to develop their skills through coaching at the County Ground facilities with Northants coaching staff as well as receiving an education that prepares them for university or working in the sports industry.
“We are very excited about this development as this will complement our academies in basketball, football, golf, hockey, rugby and dressage and complete our links with all the professional clubs in Northampton.”
Mark Tagg, Northants Cricket Chief Executive, said “We are committed to identifying and developing young talented cricketers from Northamptonshire and surrounding counties. I am sure this excellent initiative with Moulton College will enhance and enable this ambition.”
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