The Ryan Sidebottom Cricket Academy and Cricket Foundation were both set up in 2014, with the purpose of providing cricket training for children in all areas of Leeds. The Cricket Academy runs at The Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL), and provides holiday camps and weekly training every Friday night in the autumn and winter for children aged 7-16, to practise their cricket in a fun and relaxed way with professional coaches alongside Ryan himself.
This year the Academy summer camps are running at GSAL w/c 30 July and w/c 13 August and can be booked via the Academy website http://www.ryansidebottomcricketacademy.co.uk/courses/
The Foundation runs at the Co-op Academy in Leeds, and provides scholarships to children in more disadvantaged areas of Leeds. These places are funded by a private benefactor, who like Ryan, wants to provide equal opportunities to children from all backgrounds.
Ryan is passionate about both organisations, ‘Following my career in both County and International cricket, it is great to give something back to the community, and to encourage children to take part in sport. We have a great team of coaches who make all the sessions fun and enjoyable, whilst teaching important skills like teamwork and respect for team members, alongside cricket skills’.
Whilst the Foundation currently has a team of boys, who are now playing in the Caribbean Cricket League, they are launching a girls team this autumn. If you have a child who loves sport, but doesn’t have the opportunity to take part after school and would like to apply for a place at the Cricket Foundation, please contact Claire Strachan for more details and an application form (firstname.lastname@example.org). As Claire advised ‘we are looking for girls (and boys) who have a genuine passion for sport and want to get actively involved. You don’t necessarily need to have experience at cricket, we will train you. What you do need is enthusiasm and the desire to be part of a great team. We now have space for 20 girls to join us, who will mainly have female coaches, but also space for another 8-10 boys to join too. The same applies to the coaching roles, if you are a great sports coach get in touch, as we can provide the necessary cricket training and qualifications.’
The boys coaching takes place on a Tuesday evening at 6pm at the Co-op Academy, and the girls coaching will take place separately on a Friday evening. We look forward to hearing from you.