A very successful three day cricket camp was held at the Park last week. The camp was organised by Head of Cricket, Ash Squire, and utilised specialist coaches from the 360 Cricket Academy.
A number of Joeys’ coaches also attended the camp as development opportunity to update their coaching skills. A highlight for the boys was a visit from Australian cricketer Alyssa Healy who trained with the boys in the nets on the Monday.
For the new boys, the camp not only honed their cricket skills but also provided the unique opportunity to forge friendships prior to commencement of classes at the College.
In a new initiative, the camp was offered to all students in the cricket cohort – in the past only 1st and 2nd XI squad members have been invited. This reflects the importance of developing cricketers from Under 13s through to the First XI. A total of 70 boys attended the camp. The boys were allocated into colour groups and were rotated through a number of skills sessions over the three days. The improvement of skills over the three days was stark.
Of significance, a number of new boys to the College attended the camp – including 18 boys from the new Year 7 cohort. The older boys were excellent in mentoring and looking after the new boys. For the new boys, the camp not only honed their cricket skills but also provided the unique opportunity to forge friendships prior to commencement of classes at the College. At the end of the camp the Year 7 boys had 17 new friends and weren’t as worried about starting at the College. A big thank you also to David Wiseman and Michael Radziowsky for their efforts in assisting at the camp and Greg Thompson (Year 7 Boarding Coordinator) who made a number of visits to the camp to spend some time with the new Year 7 boys.