ICC European Men's Academy underway
The ICC European Men's Academy is underway in Pune, India; after weeks of planning, the players and coaches have arrived; now it's down to work. Over the next ten days throughout the academy we will be bringing you a series of player diary entries; to give an insight to how our academies run and what exactly each one entails.
Ireland international 24-year-old Gary Kidd spoke to ICC Europe about the first couple of days in Pune.
The hard work begins
Pune - It has been a excellent first couple of days; but time has just flown by. We landed yesterday into brilliant hot sunshine and arrived at Pune; the club facilities at Poona Sports Club are excellent. We had a quick light swim session which included lots of stretching, we then had some dinner and then to bed; as everyone tried to acclimatise to the time change.
Woke up today and have had a really good day, not too jet-lagged must have been the week I spent in Dubai, at the ICC World Twenty20 qualifier. This morning we had 1-1 informal meetings with the coaches; this helped everyone to settle in; as it's inevitable that you will stick with your country team mates. However, everyone got involved and mixed; it made the atmosphere a lot more relaxed and will hopefully be similar for the rest of our stay. We had some light-net sessions and a cool-down in the pool which finished the day off well. We were challenged in our debrief to raise our standards as performance wasn't as high as the coaches expected.
Then we had a really interesting psychology session with Sports Psych Dr Jose Brooks, as a group we were all being tested to see what personality types we had and the strengths and weaknesses of them; therefore how to help us improve. We were introduced to Myers Briggs personality preference. It was interested to find out how different people work. My type confirmed that I prefer to make decisions based on the values I hold as opposed to logically analysing things. I also like to keep my options open rather than planning out. I recognise that with these preferences that I need to improve my planning. We have more nets tomorrow with the head coaches and GCS staff.
Really looking forward to the double sessions as it involves working closely with the coaches and developing my game, which will be brilliant looking forward to the season and my chances of ICC World Twenty20 in West Indies taking place in a couple of months. All in all it has been a really enjoyable couple of days, Pune is an excellent city, and the facilities, sessions and weather have all been brilliant; let's hope the next seven are just as good.