For four days at the end of April thirty junior players from Zurich Crickets CC will be taking part in their annual spring cricket camp, run with the help of Hampshire County Cricket Club.
This year is the fourth such camp.
The sessions will take place at the excellent indoor facilities of the Hottingen Cantonal Senior School in Zurich in the mornings and then move outside, weather permitting, to the Deutweg ground in Winterthur, where a new wicket was laid in March.
The two Hampshire coaches, John Cook & Chris Wheeler, are the same two coaches who came over to Zurich in 2011. They are familiar with many of the players, especially John who first came over to Switzerland several years ago. John is Hampshire’s Cricket Development Officer and currently he is managing their Coach Education and Holiday Course programmes.
Chris is a Level 3 coach and has been a top player (current Hampshire over 50s batsmen) in the local premier league for some years. He is also employed at Hampshire cricket board as a full time community coach and was also heavily involved with Hampshire age group cricket as the county U12s head coach in 2011.
The two Hampshire coaches are keen to run the camp along the lines of themes which will be on a day by day basis:
These themes will be introduced in the gyms in the morning as focus points for each day for batters, bowlers and fielders & wicketkeepers alike with a view to training up on these phases of the game, and then putting them into a match situation in the afternoon. Various games, drills and exercises will be used to put this into practice.
The four days will be put to good use, will be intensive and demanding, and will help improve the skills of players in all areas of the game. Many of these players will be involved in not only club, but also the national junior teams. These national teams will be touring to various locations in Europe, and include matches against national teams from Luxembourg, Denmark and Belgium, as well as club and county teams from Cambridgeshire and Surrey.