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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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