The Bermuda Cricket Board (BCB) is pleased to confirm that the BCB National Academy (BCBNA), supported by the XL Foundation and the Bank of Bermuda Foundation, will be starting it’s winter training program on Sunday 24 November for the U13 and U15 age-groups. The program follows the same specialist coaching format as the 2012/2013 winter program in which players work in their specialist areas of batting, pace bowling, spin bowling and wicketkeeping. Players will be assessed on a regular basis and will be working to meet certain targets throughout the program.
As a member of the Academy, players are able to attend an optional cricket development tour to South Africa in February 2014. During the tour, players will spend three coaching sessions at Boland Academy and Newlands, play at least six cricket games against local schools and possibly watch some First Class senior cricket. In addition to regular cricket games and training, several excursions have been designed to engage the players in the culture including a visit to a museum, a local school, a safari tour and excursions to Robben Island, Houtbay & Cape Point. Players have been working diligently throughout the year to raise funds to pay for this once in a life-time experience.
President of the BCB, Lloyd Fray stated,
“I would like to thank the XL Foundation and the Bank of Bermuda Foundation for their continued support of our Academy program, which has received ICC recognition and provides high quality one on one and team coaching to players as well as character development activities throughout. As a member of the Academy, players are expected to maintain the core standards of attendance, discipline, respect, courtesy, learning and enjoyment are key to the continued membership of all players in the Academy. The Academy provides young talented and aspiring cricketers the opportunity to develop cricket and life skills through enjoyable and challenging cricket and character building activities.”
Derrick Brangman celebrates bowling Nehemiah Odhiambo of Kenya during the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier match between Bermuda and Kenya at the ICC Academy on November 21, 2013 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Matthew Lewis-IDI/IDI via Getty Images).