The Sport Lived Cricket Academy gives you the chance to play and train in Melbourne, Australia's sporting capital. Our course provides the ultimate cricketing experience: you’ll receive elite coaching and have access to outstanding training facilities.
At a glance:
Our cricket academy programme runs for 5 - 11 weeks between January and March. Whilst on the programme, you’ll train at the academy during the week and play matches for a local cricket club at the weekends. It’s a great choice if you want to improve your cricket skills and receive intensive, quality coaching.
Please find below profiles of the academy coaching staff.
N.B. Coaches may change from programme to programme depending on their availability. We also appoint specialist coaches to take training sessions based on the requirements of the players attending the academy.
We’ve assembled a quality coaching team to deliver the academy programme. You'll receive tuition from leading coaches, sports psychologists and fitness experts who’ll analyse and develop every area of your game. The coaching at the academy will focus on:
You’ll receive one on one coaching, net sessions and drills to work on batting, bowling and fielding skills.
Specialist coaching sessions focusing on all aspects of the physical conditioning including strength, power, speed, agility and endurance development.
This is a key area for cricket development, working on mental skill development. Coaches will work with you on goal setting, overcoming negative thinking, pre-game preparation, visualisation, etc.
Academy students learn about wider aspects of organisation, sport and cricket. You’ll undertake lessons in diet and nutrition, injury prevention, tactical and decision making development and time management.
In addition to training at the academy, you’ll join a cricket club in Melbourne. You’ll attend mid-week training sessions and play matches at the weekends.
Playing for a local club will enable you to put the academy coaching into practice in weekly competitive matches. Playing and training with a club also enables you to integrate into the local community, meet new people and make new friends. Most cricket clubs in Melbourne have 4-6 senior men’s teams and some also have women’s teams. Some of our cricket clubs in Melbourne have state and international cricketers, so you’ll have the opportunity to play alongside some very talented players.
Most academy sessions are held either at an inner Melbourne cricket club that has excellent outdoor facilities and is close to the centre of Melbourne. Our indoor facilities require transport via train out of the city due to their location, but once you arrive it is worth it as you'll have one of the best technical coaches in Australia taking you through a thoroughly intense batting experience. The strength and conditioning sessions are held at ProSport Fitness, one of the most complete gyms in Melbourne, with an altitude chamber and hot/cold bath recovery facilities alongside the more regular features.
At a glance:
When you arrive at the academy a thorough assessment will be made of your strengths and weaknesses. This assessment provides the basis of your training programme at the academy. Performance objectives are set and continually reviewed as development progresses.
A typical weekly schedule of the programme is shown below. During the programme you’ll work on all areas of your game. In addition, you’ll also play matches with a club at the weekends and attend club practices during the week
|Monday||Pool/recovery session||One-to-one batting coaching|
|Tuesday||Nets/fielding; strength and conditioning||Training with a cricket club|
|Wednesday||Bowling/wicket keeper coaching|
|Thursday||Nets/bowling machine session; strength and conditioning||Training with a cricket club|
|Friday||Pilates Session||Top up/match preparation|
|Sunday||Club Match/rest and recovery|
Do you have to be a really good cricketer to attend the academy?
No. Cricketers of all abilities can attend the cricket academy where they’ll receive quality coaching and play matches for a club at the weekends.
What type of visa should I obtain to attend the cricket academy?
The programmes are intensive so most players don’t work during their time at the academy. We therefore suggest that you obtain an Australian Tourist Visa which your travel agent should be able to organise for you. If you plan to extend your trip and work in Australia then you should obtain an Australian Working Holiday Visa. This visa enables you to live and work in Australia for up to 12 months.
Do players on the programme play matches for a club?
Yes, all players on the programme train with a club during the week and play matches at the weekends.
What clothes are provided at the academy?
When you arrive, you’ll receive shorts and training shirts. You’ll also receive a Sport Lived hoodie.
Choose our Standard Accommodation in Australia and you’ll live in a dorm room in a hostel or lodge. All our Standard pads are centrally located and provide easy access to public transport. This makes it easier to get to your sports club or coaching placement, as well as giving you the chance to try out all the bars, clubs and restaurants in the city centre.
At a glance:
You’ll share a dorm room with other Sport Lived participants. You’ll get fully equipped kitchen facilities, a base for your belongings and large comfortable communal areas, so you can catch up with other Sport Lived participants and travellers from around the world.
NB: Illustrative accommodation pictures.
First things first. Whether it be playing professionally, socially with mates, coaching or simply watching on the telly, Melburnians LOVE sport. It doesn't matter where you are - the heart of the city, a country town, or in the suburbs, you will not only find a pub with a TV screen, but also an enthusiastic Aussie crowd to watch the action. In terms of live sport, we have the famous Boxing Day test match, Aussie Open Tennis, Grand Prix and the Melbourne Cup – Australia’s most famous horse race.
But there’s more than sport. Most importantly, the Melbourne people are an incredible bunch. There's a warm, community sense that vibrates through the city. The locals are typically laid back and welcoming. They love to show off their city and will probably insist on taking you out on the town, exchanging slang words and introducing you to their mates.
This city is famous as the home of culture in Australia and has amazing art exhibitions, markets, music and comedy festivals; shopping, nightclubs and trendy bars. Whatever your taste, you'll find places in Melbourne dedicated to people like yourself.
Top Things To Do In Melbourne
✓ Membership to a quality cricket club in Melbourne
✓ The opportunity to play and train with top Australian cricketers
Cricket Academy Training
✓ Elite cricket coaching
✓ Access to outstanding cricket facilities
✓ The development of your game through intensive daily cricket sessions
✓ Membership to a gym in Melbourne
✓ Shared centrally located accommodation in a hostel/lodge
✓ Free internet
Overseas Staff Support
✓ Airport collection upon arrival
✓ Staff support
✓ Transport to the airport for your departure
✓ A DBS check in Australia to help to get paid coaching work
✓ Sport Lived clothing
✓ Information pack upon arrival
✓ Introductory travel pass
✓ Sport Lived Australia handbook
✓ Regular overseas social events e.g. surfing trips and tickets to great sporting events*
✓ Social events with your cricket club
*The social events arranged for our participants are dependent upon the length and time of their programme. Our participants receive an itinerary of social events before the the start of their programme.
✓ The cricket experience of a lifetime!
|Melbourne||5 weeks||02/01/2017||05/02/2017||Standard (Twin Room)||£ 4645||Book Now|
|Melbourne||5 weeks||02/01/2017||05/02/2017||Standard||£ 4595||Book Now|
|Melbourne||11 weeks||02/01/2017||19/03/2017||Standard (Twin Room)||£ 7995||Book Now|
|Melbourne||11 weeks||02/01/2017||19/03/2017||Standard||£ 7845||Book Now|
|Melbourne||5 weeks||13/02/2017||19/03/2017||Standard||£ 4595||Book Now|
|Melbourne||5 weeks||13/02/2017||19/03/2017||Standard (Twin Room)||£ 4645||Book Now|
N.B. Damage Bond £300 (Premium Accommodation only)
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