New academy bids to boost cricket in Scotland
The Cricket Scotland Performance Academy will use newly installed facilities at Edinburgh Napier University
A new venture is bidding to support the development of young male and female cricketers in Scotland.
As well as helping individual players, the enterprise is hoping to boost the growth of cricket across the country, where the number of participants – currently 78,000 – has risen 150 per cent in five years.
The academy will use Edinburgh Napier’s ENGAGE sports facility, where a two-bay net lane has been installed and will also be made available to schools, community groups and other cricket clubs.
Besides sporting endeavour, a dual career policy will see participants supported in academic studies.
“Our relationship with Cricket Scotland has evolved over the years and the academy is the ideal way to support the development of both coaches and players,” said Dr Susan Brown, Edinburgh Napier University lead for partnerships and enterprise in sport.
“They will benefit from what we can offer academically through our Centre for Developing Athletes and our dual career policy, as well as through sports conditioning and training.”
Players selected to join the programme will be eligible to apply for a course at Edinburgh Napier, including a jointly funded PhD studentship in a cricket-related area.
Other benefits include access to an on-site biomechanics laboratory, strength and conditioning coaching, and access to gym facilities.
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