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Overall, I would highly recommend Cape Cricket as I had a fantastic time and definitely feel as though I learnt a lot while I was out there. The programme is of a great standard and being able to share the knowledge of professional cricketers was priceless.
Alasdair - Sussex
I spent nine weeks with Cape Cricket after finishing my A-level year. The lead coach throughout the academy is Martin Van Der Merwe, an ex- South Africa Under 19 and Level 3 coach. Martin was a great technical coach and combined with the knowledge and experience of the two guest coaches, Will Jefferson of Essex & Notts and Dawid Malan of Middlesex. They are a very good coaching team.
A typical day would involve 3-4 hours of training, with a specific fielding session after the gym on Mondays. Days would be tiring with an hour and a half gym session from 9 until 10.30am Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, followed by cricket training up until lunch at 2 o’clock.
During my time in South Africa, the month I benefited and enjoyed the most was the time I was able to work with Will Jefferson and tap into the knowledge of a professional cricketer. For me in particular, this was brilliant as Will has been through the process of university cricket that I am about to enter into and he had some valuable advice that I took on board on how to approach it. On top of this, he encouraged me to have real confidence in my game that I can play the level of cricket that I want to achieve.
Throughout the time, Will was not only one of the best coaches I’ve come across but a friend and I feel the academy in South Africa definitely benefited my game.
Phil and Jamie train with Herschelle Gibbs
Phil - Cambridgeshire
Having finished my exams I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity of spending 6 months abroad in South Africa where I trained and learned to coach under the wing of the vastly experienced Merwe Genis. I combined this with playing cricket for Wellington Cricket Club at the weekend and also attended training sessions twice a week.
After a nervous start to life abroad I made new friends and had a very active social life. I progressed to become far more independent and mature as a result. It was refreshing to be able to experience all that the stunning Western Cape has to offer from the golden beaches of Cape Town to the hair raising game parks in the great Karoo.
My game as a player advanced a lot after guidance and training with highly regarded coaches and playing with and against some extremely good players within the club cricket scene.
Justin - Northamptonshire
I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to visit South Africa when taking a year out and was based at the cricket school of Cape Cricket's head coach, Merwe Genis.
I met many people from all walks of life and played cricket for Young Peoples Cricket Club in Paarl which really helped me to experience the game from a very different perspective. Tough, competitive training two evenings a week and then playing on Saturdays for a team that mainly spoke Afrikaans really challenged me as a player and a person but I learnt a huge amount from the experience.
I was also interested in developing my coaching skills and was able to gain valuable experience by joining Merwe's coaching team. We worked in local schools and on some evenings at the indoor nets at Boland Park Stadium.
A truly memorable experience - I would not hesitate to recommend this sort of trip and Cape Cricket to any aspiring cricketers or coaches.
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South Africa is a fantastic country and I'm definitely going to go back soon! Thank you so much! I've made so many incredible memories that will last with me forever.
Harry - Dorset
I had an incredible time in Stellenbosch and I'm going to miss it all so much!
My cricket has really improved and I've met so many fun and interesting people from all walks of life at the Clubs and at the University. Coaching at Paul Roos and Rhenish Primary was fantastic and I've learnt so many useful skills from the experience. Both Howie and Merwe offered lots of support and good advice for which I am very grateful.
There was always something to do whether that be going to another vineyard, climbing Table Mountain, going out into town in the evenings or going to the stunning beaches in Cape Town . The days out at Newlands for the New Years Test and ODI were always special occasions.
SAS is a brilliant place and it was very cool to be surrounded by the Springbok rugby players and Professional athletes who have competed at the Olympics. The gym sessions worked really well with Ruan having two sessions a week and it was never busy so anyone could go in at any time for any extra sessions they would like to do during the week. The food was always very nice and was a treat jumping in the pool after a day in the hot sun!
Angus - Cambridgeshire
Cape Cricket provided me with a great opportunity to both play, coach and experience the South African lifestyle.
As an academy member I was surrounded by individuals with a similar skill set and interest in the game. It provided the opportunity to play a high standard of cricket as well as coaching at one of the best sporting schools in South Africa.
I received a huge amount of training both with the academy and at my club. These sessions helped me to adapt to the new conditions as well as vastly improving my game. On top of cricket, I received personal training sessions and the ability to use the gym in my own time.
Aside from cricket, Stellenbosch is an incredibly scenic place with many great activities. These vary from wine tasting to cycling or hiking. It is also a very short journey from Cape Town which has many great beaches, restaurants and shops which I enjoyed in my free time.
Kieran - Norfolk
I had an incredible six months at Cape Cricket, it provided me with the opportunity to develop my coaching skills and continue my own personal training as well as be apart of the South African culture.
Working at Paul Roos Gymnasium was a fantastic experience. I coached the U14A’s which provided me with the opportunity to develop my own coaching skills and learn from the other coaches at the school, which was very valuable. It was also a great pleasure to coach the children, who were keen to be coached regardless of their team and were great fun to work with.
Training in the morning allowed me to continue to develop my cricket alongside the coaching, we were able to use the astro and turf nets at Paul Roos as well as the 1st XI Oval for fielding. Gym sessions with Ruan were also excellent but tough!
Stellenbosch Academy of Sport is a fantastic place to be located. With the opportunity to use the gym and pool anytime as well as having all our meals provided was perfect, and it was amazing to be surrounded by so many professional athletes. Stellenbosch is a safe and great place to live, and the locals are very welcoming.
Thank you Cape Cricket for a very memorable Gap Year.
As parents, Ben and I just wanted to thank you for providing Angus with such an incredible experience with Cape Cricket. He has made so many friends, not only from England but also from Stellenbosch University/Paul Roos Gymnasium School. He was very proud of his U15C PRG boys and really enjoyed coaching them.
We were also fortunate to come out at the end and were able to watch him play. His team were so welcoming. It was also lovely to meet his English and Afrikaan friends - whom we took out to dinner.
He very proudly showed us around Stellenbosch and we have just spent 3 days exploring Cape Town. What a beautiful country!!
Ben & Alison
(Parents of Angus)
We would just like to pass on our sincere thanks for this wonderful opportunity Kieran has had out in Stellenbosch with yourselves over the last 6 months.
He was full of stories all the way home, and it is so lovely to hear him thoroughly enjoying the coaching experience, and the real passion he has for it. He also made a real point of saying how warm and welcoming everyone was, and how the South African children were a real joy to teach.
Dare I say he was implying about the possibility of heading out to Stellenbosch again next September!