In 2015, the MCA and NZCT Cricket Centre combined to operate school holiday cricket clinics for young cricketers from around the Manawatu region. The clinics catered for 10-18 year olds, and were run over 3 days in the school holidays. Coaches included local experienced Manawatu coaches, as well as former Black Caps assisting in various sessions. Overall the clinics were extremely successful with over 100 kids going through the clinics over both the July and October school holidays.
The clinics also operated in 2016 and these sessions have fast become a key training element in the MCA’s calendar. Keep an eye on the NZCT Cricket Centre’s Facebook page for more information on dates and registrations.
Also in 2015, the MCA extended the school holiday clinics to include a nationally advertised, 3-night, live-in “high performance” camp. The camp was based at Massey University’s Sport & Rugby Institute and included a number of former Black Caps as specialist coaches, and presentations by elite high performance providers, such as Gary Hermanson (NZ Olympic Games sports psychologist) and James Amon (former Central Stags fitness trainer). Similar to the regional clinics, the high performance camp was a huge success with 15 satisfied cricketers at the end of the 4 days.
Following on from the School Holiday Clinics, the High Performance Camp had another successful edition in 2016 with participants increasing and interest coming from all over New Zealand. Look out for this exclusive opportunity in 2017 and beyond.
2015 saw the first international touring group train at the NZCT Cricket Centre. Sarala Birla Academy from Bangalore spent time training with Jacob Oram at the centre, and then played a T20 match against a composite PNBHS team.
Since then, the NZCT Cricket Centre has played host to a number of international teams (primarily from India) who were touring NZ through connections with Palmerston North Boys High School or Take Me 2 The World.