Going Out: At the ICC Academy you can discover your Warrior spirit

Denzil Pinto 20:38 28/11/2015
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The drive to succeed: The ICC Academy boasts top class facilities.

Promising cricketers can take full advantage of the top-class facilities and coaching during the ICC Academy’s Warriors programme.

Already underway with the first sessions beginning last week, you can still join them with places still available. With age groups ranging from Under-7 to Under-18s and classes throughout the week, the Warriors programme has gone from strength to strength with more than 1,500 registrations since its inception.

And it’s easy to see why with the programme overseen by former Pakistan international Mudassar Nazar.

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Having played 76 Tests and 122 ODIs, Nazar has a vast knowledge of what it takes to succeed at the top, while the children can learn in the same complex that hosts some of the world’s best international teams for their training sessions.

Youngsters will not only learn all aspects of the game, including bowling, fielding and batting but the programme also provides extensive theoretical elements of the game.

This includes how to improve their reflexes, decision making, hand-eye-coordination as well as learning the importance of work ethic, sporting spirit and teamwork.

Besides training at the state-ofthe- art facilities, the young cricketers will also have the opportunity to learn from some of the best players who have played the sport.

Former England seamer Matthew Hoggard and Pakistan Azhar Mahmood are just two of the names who have held masterclasses this year and were impressed by the talent in the UAE.

Learn from the best: The Academy offers tuition in all aspects of cricket.

During the summer, the players can put their knowledge and skills into practice and test themselves against some promising youths abroad, when they travel to the UK for their tour.

All in all, Nazar, the ICC Academy’s head of development insists the children can benefit a lot from the top coaching.

“For any coach, to see his players improve because of the coaching methods imparted to him is a very pleasing fact,” said the Pakistan legend.

“It is a testament to the quality and work ethic that these boys have.” He added: “Their willingness to work hard and desire to excel makes me confident that they will go places in the future.

"Our Warriors programme has been growing year after year, and we want to do the utmost to bring out the best from the children here.

“I am confident the next group of kids at the ICC Academy will also display the same prowess and talent that previous batches of students have.”

What: ICC Academy Warriors Coaching Programme
When: On-going until February.
Where: ICC Academy, Dubai
Contact: For registration and more information, call 04 448 1355 or email [email protected].

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