MORE than 400 hours of cricket coaching activities were given to young players at the Chorley and West Lancs Cricket Academy in its first year of operation delivering.
The academy is a ‘not for profit’ organisation set up by Mawdesley Cricket Club in 2020 to provide affordable high quality coaching to aspiring junior cricketers from the ages of eight to 17.
Despite disruption caused by Covid which resulted in the closure of school sports halls, more than 300 youngsters have taken part in activities since the Academy started its work in October 2020.
Martin Trengove, the chair of the Academy, said: “The first year has gone really well and exceeded our expectations and the feedback we have had back from the youngsters and parents has been so very positive.
“As well as all the benefits that the Academy’s coaches have provided to the children that have taken part, we have also been able to make significant financial contributions to both clubs and organisations involved in running grassroots junior cricket in the area.”
As well as delivering an indoor Winter Development Coaching Programme, the academy ran seven outdoor camps at cricket clubs in the Chorley and West Lancs areas over the summer.
The Academy was able to provide more than £2,000 back to the local cricket clubs who hosted summer camps and also an additional £700 in total was donated to the Cricket Development Groups in the Chorley and West Lancashire areas to help them run their 2021 District Cricket programmes.
The first of its Winter Coaching Camps will be run over the October half term holidays at St Bede’s in Ormskirk from October 25 to 27.
A pre-Christmas Winter Developing Coaching programme starts in mid-November and runs for six weeks up to Christmas on Saturday afternoons.
For younger children just starting the sport, as well as for girls wanting to start playing, a soft ball starter group will be held at Bishop Rawstorne School in Croston on a Friday evening.
For more information on the Academy, its programmes and its coaches visit www.cwlca.co.uk.