Reviewed by: Mojomums Imtiaz and her son Zakariya aged 8
What they say: The MCC Cricket Academy offers a range of coaching courses for children aged 3-17: These run during the school holidays and as weekly classes during term-time. Open to the public, the MCC Academy, features state-of-the-art facilities, (including the latest Hawk-Eye™ technology, and new offering, Pitch Vision) and will continue to help a wide range of cricketers – from elite players to absolute beginners – develop their batting, bowling and fielding skills.
What we say: Under 9’s training Day 1 – 10am -5pm:
“We drove to Lords, approx 45 minutes from our home in Watford, with the weather a bit touch and go. When we arrived it was simple to just walk in, register and join the group – we were told the two day training was taking place in-doors, which is nice if it is raining and cold.
The training starts off with a warm up consisting of team games, so quite fun to get you familiar with the other children. This lasts about half an hour, followed by throwing and bowling practice, trying to hit the wickets – whoever won this would choose a forfeit for the other team such as press-up and star jumps!
Break – snack and look around the grounds a little
After break – nets practice and coaching – Zakariya found the coaches to be very nice ‘I like how the coaches were from different parts of the world and different ages’
After lunch – batting practice followed by a match in the last 2-2.5 hours.
Day 2 – glorious sunny day! The drive was nice and easy and there is ample parking on site.
The warm up consisted of a running and jumping onto a big crash mat to make it move up the hall so it would touch the stumps, ‘quite fun’ and original.
The format was similar to Day 1, the difference was practiced catching and wicket keeping. The day ended with presentation of certificates which had report of how each child did.
Zakariya said ‘I would definitely recommend going, the teaching style is fun and it made you learn well.’
For more information about the MCC Cricket Academy visit www.lords.org