Week 2 from the MCC YC elite programme

Shauna Kavanagh/ Leigh Kasperek
Thu, Sep 1, 2011 4:37 PM

Week 2 from the MCC YC elite programme
Ireland's Shauna Kavanagh batting in the nets
After a fantastic first week at the MCC YC elite programme, Scotland's Leigh Kasperek and Ireland's Shauna Kavanagh embarked on the second week at Lord's Cricket Ground and share their experiences from week two.

During our second week at Lord's, we spent a substantial time doing one-to-ones and technical work. None of the YC's were present for this week as they were all representing their counties in T20 competitions.

We began training late on Monday morning as we had both spent the weekend travelling to Lancashire and Shropshire to play for Scotland and Ireland respectively and did not arrive back until late on Sunday evening.

We started the morning with video analysis of our bowling and after observing our actions for some time both of us acquired a much better understanding of what we were doing, and how to improve it.

Instead of training in the indoor hall, we spent the afternoon outside on the nursery ground - not to waste the good weather. We did a lot of work on our batting during the latter part of the day before returning to the ICC Europe offices to assess our day.

As a step towards understanding how we best learn we took the VARK and Myers Brigs tests, both of these being essential for coaches, teammates and most importantly ourselves. We finished the day in great spirits, and were both very clear about what we wanted to achieve from the rest of our time here.

On Tuesday morning we planned to get to the ground an hour early so we could make a start on what we would be doing for the rest of the day. After plenty of drop feeds and throw downs we made our way up to the gym and spent about an hour doing our conditioning and weights sessions. After lunch we began working on our bowling taking into consideration what we had seen the previous day, with both of us understanding that we needed to take things one step at a time. We finished the day with more batting and some more cardiovascular training.

Wednesday and Thursday were again very similar, involving a lot of strength and conditioning and technical work. Thursday was our last day and we were sad that the whole experience had come to an end, but very excited to bring back home everything we had learned, which was a huge amount. We both felt we could return back to our teams' with much more confidence then we had arrived with.

We would very much like to thank ICC Europe for making such a magnificent opportunity available to us, and especially to Philip Hudson for looking after us so well during our time in Lords. We would also like to thank Alan Duncan for the amount of work he put in and amount of time he spent with us whilst we were there and most importantly all the YC girls for making us feel so welcome. We couldn't have asked for a better two weeks.

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