Pride of Lions coaching courses: Inspiring a new generation of cricketers!
**COURSE UPDATE – THURSDAY 13th JANUARY 2022**
We are pleased to announce the launch of our February half term masterclasses that will be taking place between Monday 14th February and Friday 18th February.
February Half Term Masterclasses
Hosted at our very own Ken Barrington Cricket Centre at the Oval and Surrey Cricket Centre (based at George Abbot School) in Guildford, our masterclasses are aimed at children who have two or three years’ experience taking part in hard ball cricket matches. There are courses available for children in the school years 6 to 10, with each course focussing on a different discipline such as batting, bowling, fielding or wicketkeeping.
New for this year, we are excited to offer girls-only batting and bowling masterclasses at both venues for children in the school years 6, 7 and 8.
For more information, please find links to the course listings included at the bottom of this page.
As part of our commitment to ensuring the safety of players, parents and coaches we have made a number of adaptations to our programme which may be utilised in light of the risk that continues to be posed by coronavirus and these include:
- Smaller group sizes
- Target coaching ratios of 1:7
- Adapted sessions to help manage social distancing and kit sharing where possible
- New sanitisation protocols in line with ECB & government guidance
If you have any further questions please email Dan Brimson on email@example.com.
Pride of Lions Team
The Pride of Lions programme provided by Surrey Cricket Foundation offers coaching throughout the year for boys and girls in reception to year 11 at multiple locations across Surrey and South London with the aim of inspiring a lifelong passion for the game. Focusing on developing a range of core cricketing skills in a fun, challenging and exciting environment, each course will help your child to develop their game, whether they are a beginner or seasoned player.
Our core programme takes place from September to March across 8 venues ensuring that wherever you are based, there will be a Pride of Lions course local to you. In addition to this, we run holiday courses during February half term, Easter, May half-term and the summer school holidays. We also run courses on the famous Kia Oval outfield to give your child an experience they will never forget.
The courses form part of Surrey County Cricket Club’s Performance Pathway with the most talented children being identified to move across into Performance courses and in some cases County Age Group cricket. We have a number of graduates from the programme who now play for Surrey such as Rory Burns, Ollie Pope, Ryan Patel and Arun Harinath. So who knows? Your son or daughter could go on to play for Surrey as a result of attending a Pride of Lions course.
Pricing and Further Information
Our programmes are competitively priced with the cost for each of our courses set out below:
- Pre-Christmas 10-Week Programme (September to December): From £80
- Christmas Courses: £49 each
- Post-Christmas 10-Week Programme (January to March): From £80
- February Half Term: £35 per session
- Easter: £25 per session
- May Half Term: £49 for each half day course
- Summer Holiday Training Camps: £70 to £140
- Hallowed Turf Sessions (hosted on the Oval outfield): From £50
To ensure the safety of your child, our reception and year 1 and year 2 & 3 age groups are taught using soft balls. By doing this, players can hit significantly more balls during each session compared to those delivered using hard balls which would take place in nets. Generally, hard balls are introduced to sessions at the year 4, 5 and 6 age group but our coaches will assess the players and those not considered ready will not start training with hard balls. Any children who are not considered ready to participate in hard ball training will continue to take part in all aspects of the sessions (including cricket nets) but will do so with soft balls being used.
Available to book now:
Post-Christmas Ten-Week Courses: Our 10-week post Christmas courses are open to boys and girls of all abilities in the school years reception to year 11. The programme forms part of the Surrey player pathway with players identified to be put forward to performance assessments where appropriate. The courses will be working on a 1 to 7 coach to player ratio with all players in year 2 upwards receiving an end of programme report. We run the programme at venues across Surrey (Kia Oval, Guildford, Ewell, Farnham, Wallington, Leatherhead and Cobham). Most of all the courses aim to deliver a fun and challenging environment in which our young aspiring cricketers can develop.
Post-Christmas Ten-Week Pro Package Courses: The pro package course aims to bridge the gap between group coaching and 1 to 1 coaching through its fantastic coach to player ratios and is available for boys and girls in Years 7-11. With 4 coaches and 16 players the course will enable lots of small group coaching sessions to take place. During the course all players will receive a logbook where they (and the coaches) can track their progress towards their own specific goals as players. Players will also benefit from 1-2-1 mini sessions during the programme. This is a great course for players really interested in developing their own games ahead of the 2022 season!
February Half Term Masterclasses – With each session lasting for two and a half hours, our batting, bowling, fielding and wicketkeeping masterclasses will provide your child with the support and guidance that they need to improve their technique and develop their technical understanding. Our coaches will include a range of practice drills and activities in each session with courses on offer for children in the school years 6 to 10. Please note that this programme is aimed at children with either two or three years’ experience taking part in hard ball cricket matches.
If you would like more information about the courses please contact Dan Brimson by email or on 07702 908 194.