Following England’s humiliating World Cup exit, Dorset Cricket Board is looking to the future with the launch of three new initiatives at Dean Park cricket ground to nurture young talent.
Starting on 11 April and running every Saturday, Dean Park Juniors offers two hours of cricket for young people under 12. Open to boys and girls, every participant will get the chance to bowl, bat and field in a variety of games at Dean Park Cricket Ground, the home of cricket in Dorset, where some of the sport’s greatest names have played.
Dean Park Juniors runs every Saturday 9-11am and costs just £5 a session. For parents, the Pavilion tearooms are open serving breakfasts and snacks with wonderful views of the ground.
The Easter school break in April also marks the launch of the Dean Park Cricket Camps, which will run during every school holiday.
The two four-day training camps start on 7 and 14 April with daily sessions from 10am with the best cricket coaches in Dorset and Hampshire.
“Our coaches still play at a very high level and are keen to pass on their knowledge to the next generation of cricketers,” says Keith Brewer, Dorset’s County Cricket development manager.
“These courses have been designed exclusively around the needs of the modern young cricketer, whether they are absolute beginners or county level regulars. To ensure the very best in cricket coaching places are strictly limited.
“Sessions are from 10am to 3pm but so that we can offer wrap around care to help parents fit in with work commitments there’s the Dean Park Breakfast Club and an afternoon Games Club as well.”
Dorset Cricket is also running a spin bowling masterclass at Dean Park on 10 April with Dorset County Cricket Club head coach and former Sussex spin bowler Alan Willows. Alan is a Level 4 coach and this course is a must for any aspiring young spinners.
The course is open to young cricketers between the ages of 11 and 16 who are of district or county standard.
The Easter activity also marks the start of the build up to Bournemouth’s first Festival of Cricket over the May Day bank holiday weekend when as well as four top class matches – including the visit of a full-strength Hampshire side for a T20 clash with Dorset as part of captain Jimmy Adams’ benefit year – there will be loads of fun events for younger cricketers from have-a-go sessions, mini-games and skill-based activities.
Full details on all cricket activities at Dean Park can be found at www.dorsetcricketboard.co.uk