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Get into Cricket this spring

By University of Exeter Sport  |  Posted: February 21, 2013

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In conjunction with the Devon Cricket Board the Universityof Exeter is continuing to develop its children's cricket programme thisspring.

In January the university introduced its Saturday Coaching Camps to provideyoung people aged 7 – 10 the chance to experience one of the UKs best lovedsports and is continuing to provide opportunities for the wider community.

Coach Adam Peters is passionate about getting young peopleinvolved in cricket, he said: "The sessions are going incredibly well. Thegroup are learning new skills every week and get the opportunity to practiceagainst each other on a regular basis.

Cricket can be a difficult sport to get into due to theexpense of kit and lack of public cricket grounds. We want to offer allchildren an opportunity to learn and improve their cricketing skills in a funenvironment throughout the year. We provide all of the equipment and sessionstake place in the Devon Cricket Centre so practice is not confined to fleetingsummer days that can be few and far between.

Cricket is a brilliant sport for children. It offers theopportunity for children to stay active whilst improving their agility,coordination and concentration skills.

Above all cricket is an incredibly social game. The benefitsof working together in a team are well documented and cricket gives children theopportunity to interact with new people and make new friends.

 We aim to foster areal enjoyment of the game and hope to get as many people involved as possible.There is no elitism at the Devon Cricket Centre. Anyone aged 7 – 10 can joinour cricket club, whether they are a committed cricketer already or just wantto try something new.

So far the programme has been very successful and we hope tobe able to continue to build the club with the potential to add competitions inthe future."

The programme is supported by the Devon Cricket Board, whowork closely with the University of Exeter to deliver cricket programmes acrossthe county.

Cricket Development Manager Matt Theedom commented "The DCBsupports this excellent initiative to allow children to discover and progressin the game of cricket."

The coaching sessions run every Saturday morning 09:00 –11:00 and cost £10.00 per child. The sessions are designed to engage thechildren's interest whilst providing quality coaching by ECB qualified coaches.The mornings will be full of teaching games that seek to improve children's allround game with plenty of opportunities to practice batting and bowling.

If you would like to join the Saturday Cricket Club pleasecontact coach Adam Peters at a.d.peters@exeter.ac.ukor call 01392 725069.

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