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New Course Bowls Students Over

Cricket stumps and ballCentral College Nottingham is launching a unique course aimed at talented young cricket enthusiasts in partnership with Nottinghamshire Cricket Board (NCB).

The Cricket Development Programme will launch in September 2016 and will be based at Central’s Clifton centre. Students will receive opportunities to train and volunteer at the home of Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club at Trent Bridge.

The two year course, which is aimed at 16-18 year olds, will allow students to study for a BTEC Sport qualification whilst improving their cricket skills and undertaking cricket specific qualifications which will allow them to contribute to local cricket clubs.

Tracey Francis, Cricket Development Manager at Nottinghamshire Cricket Board said:

“Nottinghamshire Cricket Board is the body responsible for running recreational cricket in the county. This programme with Central College Nottingham will allow us to grow the game even further and make cricket the sport of choice for the area.

The NCB runs a host of projects and initiatives in Nottinghamshire aimed at impacting the lives of individuals, I am excited about NCB’s partnership with Central College. We will provide a valuable experience for the 16 to 18 year olds that enrol onto the course. This in turn will impact local cricket clubs as the students provide voluntary hours to assist them.”

Students will enrol on the Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Sport and students will study subject areas such as; Anatomy and Physiology; Fitness Training; Sports Psychology and Sports Leadership. In addition to these units of study, the students will undertake the England & Wales Cricket Board’s Coach Support Worker qualification amongst other cricket specific qualifications.

Glen Read, Sport Academy Manager at Central College, said:

“Central has a strong tradition of providing academic sporting qualifications and actual experiences in sport which enhance students’ employability skills and their sporting performance. Students who enrol on this course will get valuable work experience in local cricket clubs and with Trent Bridge. We aim to improve the student’s cricketing performance and also give back to the game and increase participation in the City’s cricket community.”

You can find out more about the programme here

For further information on the Central College Cricket Development Programme or to apply contact Glen Read on: 0115 914 6457 or