Cricket: Academy in Australia


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.

Recommended for:

  • Working intensively on your game
  • Meeting friends through club and academy
  • Train under elite coaches
  • Time to travel before/after your programme

At a glance:

  • Regular cricket training and matches
  • Access to Melbourne's excellent cricket facilities
  • Elite coaching from highly skilled staff
  • Shared city centre accommodation

Sporting adventures

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. 

Your Coaching Team

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. 

Dr Simon Feros

Coaching Qualifications & Experience

  • Owner of Bowlstrong 'Building Stronger Bowlers'
  • PhD in Fast Bowling Performance, Biomechanics and Fitness
  • Masters in Exercise Rehabilitation
  • Level 2 ASCA Strength and Conditioning Coach

Ray Bright

Coaching Qualifications & Experience

  • Cricket Australia Level 3 Coach (equivalent to ECB Level 4)
  • Former Captain of the Victorian State Team
  • Australian International - 25 Test Matches & 11 One Day Internationals
  • Current selector for the Victorian Bushrangers

Dallas Lyons

Coaching Qualifications & Experience

  • Scotch College Development Coach
  • Former Ringwood Cricket Club First XI wicket-keeper
  • Wicket-Keeping Coach at Melbourne Renegades (Big Bash League)

Tim Strapp

Qualifications & Experience

  • Batchelor of Exercise Science
  • Masters in Sports Coaching
  • Head Coach of Victoria Senior Women's Hockey Team
  • Women's Premier League Coach at Melbourne University Hockey Club
  • Director of ProSport Health and Fitness

Keith Janz

Coaching Qualifications & Experience

  • Cricket Australia Level 3 Coach (equivalent to ECB Level 4)
  • Current Head Coach at Frankston Peninsular CC (Victorian Premier Cricket)
  • Former Victoria Spirit Specialist Coach and U17 and U19 Women's Coach
  • Current Head Coach of Victorian Country Women's Team


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:

  • Batting technique and mindset coaching with video analysis
  • Specialist coaches in spin bowling, fast bowling bio-mechanics and batting match scenario work
  • Game awareness and tactical tuition for different match formats
  • Comprehensive strength and conditioning assessment and player-specific program
  • Workshops on eating for performance, personal identity and self awareness, focusing in high pressure environments and a rare Athlete Experience - getting a tour and training viewing of an elite football club in the AFL
  • Behavioural profiling in sport with a world renowned Athlete DISC profile


In addition to training at the academy, you’ll join a cricket club in Melbourne where 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. It also enables you to integrate into the local community, meet new people and make new friends. 


Cricket Academy sessions are conducted at a range of venues close to the cente of Melbourne, including Cricket Victoria’s new High Performance facility, the Citipower Centre at the Junction Oval, which includes use of indoor nets, bowling machines and speed sensors*.

For our fast bowlers, we arrange a bio-mechanics workshop visit to Deakin University Waurn Ponds, the number one Sports Science campus in the world.

All our Academy participants have access daily to ice baths and recovery facilities at our Strength & Conditioning training centre.

At a glance:

  • Home base at Citipower Centre, Junction Oval; the newly built home of elite cricket in Victoria
  • Outdoor and Indoor facilities equipped with bowling machines
  • Video analysis equipment
  • World Class Gym and Fitness facility

What to expect

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.

*other facilities at the Citipower Centre may not be accessible during these sessions


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.


  Morning Afternoon Evening
Monday Weekly Meeting & Recovery Skills Session Pilates
Tuesday Strength & Conditioning Athlete Development Club Training
Wednesday Strength & Conditioning   Skills Session
Thursday     Club Training
Friday Strength & Conditioning   Skills Session
Saturday   Club   Match  
Sunday   Rest day  

Social Life

Making the most of your time away

Travelling to the other side of the world to play sport is a truly once in a lifetime experience. So all Sport Lived programmes are designed to make sure that both your sporting life, and your social life, are as action packed and exciting as possible. That’s why you’ll always get…

Social events with Sport Lived

The cities you can visit with Sport Lived are some of the most exciting and welcoming on the planet, and there always seems to be something interesting going on. So to help you make the most of your time away, our local staff organise social events like trips to top sporting occasions, surfing lessons, welcome dinners and loads more besides. They’ll also try to assist you get tickets to events you want to watch while you're away, and give you expert advice on the best things to see and do in the city.

Membership of a local sports club

One of the best things about travelling with Sport Lived is that we arrange for you to join a local sports club. We handpick clubs with lots of members and different teams - some of whom have regular social events. Some clubs may offer preseason tours, and in the past some clubs have organised welcome events for new players. Trust us, you’ll feel like an old hand within a few days and the other members will make sure there’s never a dull moment!

A great place to stay in the centre of town

We offer programmes in some fantastic cities, and we know that to make the most of your time away, you need to be right in the centre of the action. So we make sure that your accommodation is in the heart of the city - just a short walk away from all the best cafes, restaurants, bars, shops and pretty much anything else you’ll ever need.

Like minded flatmates

Having a few friends to share your experiences with is a huge part of any foreign trip – they make the whole experience loads easier and loads more fun. So you’ll always share your swish city centre accommodation with other Sport Lived participants - that way you’ll have a ready-made group of friends from the minute you step off the plane!


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.

Is it possible to attend the Cricket Academy for less than 5 weeks?
Yes, we are also able to offer a Flexi-Programme which is suitable for those wanting a shorter period than 5 weeks. Please contact us for further information to learn how we can design a program tailored to your needs.

Standard Accommodation

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:

  • Top quality hostel accommodation
  • Located close to transport and nightlife
  • Shared with Sport Lived participants
  • Meet travellers from around the world

Your place in Australia...

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

  1. Travel the Great Ocean Road
  2. Watch ‘the race that stops a nation’
  3. Catch the ANZAC Day AFL Game at the MCG

What’s included?

Cricket Club
✓ 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

Trip Essentials
✓ Sport Lived clothing
✓ Information pack upon arrival
✓ Introductory travel pass
✓ Sport Lived Australia handbook

Social Events
✓ 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.

And finally…
✓ The cricket experience of a lifetime!

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Prices and Dates...
Location Duration From To Accommodation Price
Melbourne 5 weeks 04/01/2021 07/02/2021 Standard £ 4995 Book Now
Melbourne 11 weeks 04/01/2021 21/03/2021 Standard £ 8495 Book Now
Melbourne 5 weeks 15/02/2021 21/03/2021 Standard £ 4995 Book Now

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