ICC Europe Centre of Excellence begins next week

ICC Media Release
Fri, Apr 8, 2011 7:44 PM

22 players from 11 European countries attending

Players and country leaders from eleven European countries will travel to the ICC European Centre of Excellence programme next week; as the third performance programme of the spring gets underway in La Manga, Spain.

The Centre of Excellence aims to identify talented young cricketers in Europe and develop the players' key performance factors which are technical, tactical, mental, and physical and lifestyle. There will be a team of five coaches leading 22 players from 11 countries, and one team leader per country.

The camp will also offer a life experience for all players and leaders, as well developing oppourtunities for country leaders. The programme content consists of batting and bowling workshops and video analysis, fitness testing and training, nets and leadership awareness. The coaches will also lead Twenty20 match situations and one day format situation.

The coaching team will consist of Chris Porter, ICC European Centre of Excellence Manager; Richard O'Sullivan, ICC European Centre of Excellence Director; and Gareth Dawson of Isle of Man; Gibraltar's Mark Bacarese and Hershel Gutman of Israel as ICC Europe consultants.

Chris Porter, ICC Regional Development Officer is in great support of the importance of the programme and the effect it has on young developing European cricketers. "The European Centre of Excellence is an important programme within the European Player Pathway System. It offers a great opportunity to the player to develop their skills in a unique environment," says Porter.

"For 2011 the Centre of Excellence has a great selection of Level 3 coaches attending, who bring a high level of knowledge and understanding. The players have a great opportunity to develop their skills and gain player specific advice from the coaches, whilst enjoying the fantastic facilities that the La Manga Club have to offer," concludes Porter.

The ICC European Centre of Excellence runs from 14 March - 20 March and has been funded by the Pepsi ICC European Development Programme.

The squad and the country leaders are listed below:

SquadCountry Leaders
BelgiumRobert Sehmi
BelgiumFaisal Khaliq
Belgium CoachKumar Manish Mishra
DenmarkMads Henriksen
DenmarkAdeel Ahktar
Denmark CoachLars Hedegaard
FranceAvishka Lyianaarachchi
FranceZika ALI
France CoachMichael Selig
GermanyKrishna Cholleti
GermanyLeonard Gerhards
Germany CoachRobert Plant
GibraltarMark Gomez
GibraltarSimon Dumas
Gibraltar CoachTim Reoch
IrelandRory Anders
IrelandCameron Shoebridge
Ireland CoachAndrew Leonard
Isle of ManRowan Bird
Isle of ManAdam McCauley
Isle of Man CoachTom Howard
ItalyAlamin Mia
ItalyJakub Peret
Italy CoachStefano Zuddas
JerseyJohn Donaldson
JerseyDominic Blampied
Jersey CoachJoe Mayes
NetherlandsEdward Price
NetherlandsDavid Pahladsingh
Netherlands CoachOllie de Geus
ScotlandWill Edwards
ScotlandBen Wilkinson
Scotland CoachFraser Burnett

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