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The Gordon District Cricket Club is now offering its coaching services to all cricketers. After over a decade of providing coaching to the high performance squads at the club, we are providing this highest level of coaching to everyone.

We have contracted our Head Coach, Mark O’Neill, to allow us to utilise his widely acclaimed batting and spin bowling coaching techniques for all sessions or programs set up by the new Academy.

To achieve this Mark has licensed his techniques to the Academy and has set up an accreditation program where each of our Academy coaches are accredited by Mark to teach his techniques to our own Tier 1, 2 and 3 levels. Mark is the personal coach today of several Australian Test cricketers and his experience includes being contracted batting coach to New Zealand, Middlesex, Western Australia, New South Wales and as a high performance squad coach to Cricket Australia.

As an additional value added service, the Academy have contracted two qualified personal trainers who are both current or former Gordon cricketers who will be available to provide personal strength and conditioning sessions for individuals or groups.

Follow the links below or on the left find out more information, or contact us to book and pay for sessions using the forms and online payment systems below.

 

GCA advanced school holiday clinics

GCA advanced school holiday clinics

The Gordon Cricket Academy from time to time will run school holiday advanced clinics. These clinics are targeted at 12- 14 year old players looking to hone their skills after the holiday break and prepare them for success during the remainder of the regular season and finals.Dates for clinics for the 2017/2018 season will be announced closer to the time. 

Our experienced and accredited coaches will deliver a program focused on technical and tactical aspects of batting, bowling, fielding and wicket-keeping through targeted net skills sessions and game play.

Enrolment dates will be advised and your child can attend the full clinic or just one of the two days.

Please see our list of FAQs below and don’t hesitate to contact our Academy Administrator James Kennedy if you have any further questions: 0437 407 896 or academy@gordoncricket.com

FAQs:

What ages does the advanced clinic cater for?
The GCA January school holiday advanced clinic is best suited for 12 - 14 year olds. 

Are girls welcome?
Yes of course – we encourage girls to join the program (the GCA has involvement with the Gordon District Women’s Cricket Club)

How much does the holiday clinic cost?
For single days, the cost is $100 for each player. When you enrol in the full clinic, you will receive a 10% discount and the cost will be only $180 for the two days.

Do players need their own gear?
Players are encouraged to bring their own gear to this advanced clinic.

What is the wet weather policy?
We prioritise player and coach welfare so unfortunately we do occasionally need to cancel a program due to poor weather. Wherever possible we will proceed with a program as long as the ground remains open and there’s no danger to players or coaches. 

In the event of a cancellation we will contact you via the mobile number and email address supplied on the booking form, so please ensure these are your best contact details.

 

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GCA school holiday clinics for 8 to 12 year olds

GCA school holiday clinics for 8 to 12 year olds

The Gordon Cricket Academy from time to time undertake school holiday clinics. The 2017/2018 season program will be announced closer to the time. Our experienced and accredited coaches will deliver a program of challenging activities and fun modified games focused on key skills and techniques for 8-12 year olds, including:

• Front & back foot batting technique with tactical instruction on shot selection

• Seam & spin bowling technique with tactical instruction on game scenarios

• Catching & fielding exercises including wicket keeping drills & ground fielding

• Match simulations to develop running between wickets, teamwork & communication

Enrolment is open for 1, 2 or 3 days of our program - choose your days and get a substantial discount when your child attends all three days. Simply fill in the form below and continue to the secure payments page to confirm your booking.

Please see our list of FAQs below and don’t hesitate to contact our Academy Administrator James Kennedy if you have any further questions: 0437 407 896 or academy@gordoncricket.com

FAQs:

What ages do clinics cater for?
The GCA January school holiday clinic is best suited for 8- 12 year olds. We will do our best to accommodate advanced younger participants or older beginners, however please contact us in advance to discuss. 

Are girls welcome?
Yes of course – we encourage girls to join the program (the GCA has involvement with the Gordon District Women’s Cricket Club)

How much does the holiday clinic cost?
For single days, the cost is $80 for each player. When you enrol in the full clinic, you will receive a 17% discount and the cost will be only $199 for the three jam-packed days.

Do players need their own gear?
Players are encouraged to bring their own gear, however we do have a range of gear available for use, so it is not essential that players have their own kit.

What should players wear?
We encourage all players to wear comfortable sports clothing and shoes along with sun protection (hat and sunscreen).

What are your coach ratios/ groups sizes?
We plan for a minimum of 1 coach per 10 players

What is the wet weather policy?
We prioritise player and coach welfare so unfortunately we do occasionally need to cancel a program due to poor weather. Wherever possible we will proceed with a program as long as the ground remains open and there’s no danger to players or coaches. 

In the event of a cancellation we will contact you via the mobile number and email address supplied on the booking form, so please ensure these are your best contact details.

 

* Required
Your Personal Details
  
  


  
  



Player Details
  
  


  


  


  Please detail below, or indicate "None".
 


  Please include the names of other
  players, preferred coaches or
  anything else we should know.
 



Questions?
  Include anything else you like to know.
  We'll do our best to answer all questions.
 



Submission

 





GCA School Holiday Clinics

GCA School Holiday Clinics

The Gordon Cricket Academy is excited to offer two separate school holiday coaching clinics during January. Both clinics will see our experienced and accredited coaches delivering programs of challenging activities and fun modified games focused on key skills and techniques for 8-14 year olds.

Our Junior Clinic, for 8-12 year olds, will be held from Mon 18th - Wed 20th January. Our Advanced Clinic, for 12-14 year olds, will be held from Thurs 21st - Fri 22nd January. Both clinics will be head at Artarmon Reserve and run from 8:30 - 12:30 daily.

Enrolment is open for 1, 2 or 3 days of our program - choose more days to receive a substantial discount.

To find out more, please follow the links below:

1) Junior Holiday Clinic: 8 - 12 year olds 

2) Advanced Holiday Clinic: 12 - 14 year olds 


Gordon Cricket Academy

Gordon Cricket Academy

The Gordon Cricket Academy provides coaching and fitness services to all cricketers. This is your opportunity to take advantage of some of the best coaches going around as well as at the ground or nets of your choice.

Mark O’Neill  Head Coach

To ensure the highest level of coaching is available to all cricketers, the GDCC have contracted our Head Coach Mark O’Neill to allow us to utilise his widely acclaimed batting and spin bowling coaching techniques for all sessions or programs set up by the new Academy. To achieve this Mark has licensed his techniques to the Academy and has set up an accreditation program where each of our Academy coaches are accredited by Mark to teach his techniques to our own Tier 1, 2 and 3 levels. Mark is the personal coach today of several Australian Test cricketers and his experience includes being contracted batting coach to New Zealand, Middlesex, Western Australia, New South Wales and as a high performance squad coach to Cricket Australia.

The philosophy of Mark’s batting technique in particular has always been that the skills taught to the junior cricketer should be the same as taught to a Test Cricketer. The concepts of grip, balance and execution in batting should be same and while natural ability and capability to adapt will always differ, the Academy Tier 1, 2 or 3 level coaches can provide you with the skills background irrespective of your age and existing abilities. Mark has also added his vast knowledge of spin bowling to the accreditation system to enable our spinning coaches.

Based on various availabilities the new Academy now has 25 qualified coaches contracted to deliver the range of Academy services.

The services range from an hour session with a nominated coach at a venue of your choice either as an individual or in a group of two or more players at the session. The Academy pricing is geared to make the coaching cheaper by grouping players but still giving them a high level of individual coverage by them watching and listening to their fellow players as they are coached.

In addition the Academy will configure a team coaching service and group skills sessions for higher numbers of players. Specific fielding sessions with a qualified fielding coach and holiday camps are also being planned for the next available holidays.

Fitness training

As an additional value added service, the Academy have contracted two qualified personal trainers who are both current or former Gordon cricketers who will be available to provide personal strength and conditioning sessions for individuals or groups. The techniques used by these trainers have been established as specific techniques for developing each type of cricketer with different methods for batsman, fast bowlers, spinners and keepers.

The Academy will use the Mt. Kuring-gai Action Indoor centre as our base indoor facility, however our coaches are happy to work outdoor or at other centres that are closer to the player or group of players. Very importantly this also includes the central coast where we have established arrangements with several indoor centres.

The Academy coaches, list of services, pricing, bookings, contacts and payment  are described within the various sub-sections of this site.

Added service (video)

As a value added service for Academy sessions. For each individual or small group one hour indoor sessions, the Academy coach will record the session via a specific purpose video camera. Players will be asked to bring along a memory stick to take home the recording. The Academy also has play back screens that will be used to show players the result of the recording to better explain any improvements or show where improvements have been gained.  

The goals of the Academy are to provide all of its clients irrespective of their age, level of cricket or budget, a qualified coach that can assist them to become better cricketers through fitness, technique, attitude and skill development.

 

GCA Coaching Staff

GCA Coaching Staff

While Cricket Australia now provides coaching certifications to level 1, 2 and 3, the Academy while recognising these qualifications believes it can accredit its coaches to a higher level internally through the direct involvement of Mark O’Neill and Ash Doolan to accredit them to our own Tier 1, 2 and 3 levels.  due to their experience in advising cricketers, Mark and Ash are our Tier 3 coaches and naturally are marketed at a higher rate for their services.

Our Tier 2 coaches are accredited to that level by Mark or Ash after they have shown their coaching skills either though experience or through their individual performance within the Accreditation sessions. Coaches can also be raised to our Tier 2 level through Mark or Ash's quality monitoring of their videoed sessions.

Our Tier 1 coaches are ranked higher within our Academy than Cricket Australia Level 1 coaches due to their understanding of the various techniques held by the Academy under licence with our head coaches.

Instruction received by our Tier 1 coaches in particularly for junior cricketers gives them the basics of the essential tools for taking them to a higher level. Once they have achieved an understanding of our techniques they do not need to change them as they grow into higher level cricketers. They simply need to be refreshed to ensure old habits don’t resume sometimes forced on them by situations in the games they are involved in and good intentioned advice from non-qualified coaches.

The Academy is in the unprecedented position of having coaches who have represented Australia, NSW, NSW 2nds and Gordon First Grade. 

Academy coaching services and fees

Academy coaching services and fees

The Academy coaching services can be adapted to suit the requirements of the player or players. Due to the vast range of expertise within our coaching group, coaches with particular skills can be allocated to a session, particularly when there are different types of players with multiple skills.

Importantly  the Academy specialist bowling or wicket keeping coaches are all required to be accredited to the Academy batting technique program so batting is not lost on bowlers who bat in lower order.

The cost per player reduces when a group of 2 or more is arranged for the session. The Academy coaches recommend a minimum of two players.

To pay for your confirmed session, please follow this link to chose the appropriate session and enter your details.

The rates below are per player increase on the basis of the accreditation level of the coach.
 

Batting, bowling and wicket keeping skills coaching

Tier 1 coaching  ($) One-to-1 One-to-2 One-to-3 
Indoor sessions 90 90 110
Outdoor sessions 65  65 85

 

Tier 2 coaching  ($) One-to-1 One-to-2 One-to-3 
Indoor sessions 120 120 140
Outdoor sessions 95  95 115

 

Tier 3 coaching  ($) One-to-1 One-to-2 One-to-3 
Mark O'Neil - Batting 175 175 195
Bowling 150 150 170

 

Cricketer Fitness Sessions 

Tier 2 sessions  ($) One-to-1 One-to-2 One-to-3 
Indoor sessions 120 120 140
Outdoor sessions 95  95 115

 

Specialised Programs

In addition to the above pricing the Academy are offering the following programs:

Service Description
Gold Program 8 week program including full implementation of Academy “Simply Cricket” techniques and skill development in batting, bowling, fielding and fitness (including wicket keeping if relevant).

Silver Program 4 week introduction program of Academy. “Simply Cricket” techniques and skill development in batting, bowling, fielding and fitness (including wicket keeping if relevant).

Camps Camps for up to three days from 8:30am to 12:30pm during school holidays for juniors.

Specific Programs Specific programs can be customised to suit the player and include extra sessions of their particular main skill.

 

Pricing for the above programs will be based on the skills requested within the program. The Academy administrator will be happy to arrange a pricing for you.

The Academy administrator can arrange a special session to suit your requirements. To find out more go to the Contacts page or call James Kennedy on 0437407896.

Gordon Cricket Performance Squads

Gordon Cricket Performance Squads

The Gordon Cricket Academy (“The Academy”) was established back in 2000 as an operating entity wholly within the Gordon District Cricket Club, with the following mission statement to guide its cricketing aims:

“The Academy’s aim is to focus on the development of Junior Players (Under 21) from within the Gordon district and beyond in order to maximize their potential development and performances in relation to cricket as well as assisting in their overall personal development.”

Academy squads remain the same

While the Academy has now expanded into providing service beyond the cricketers within the Gordon District Cricket Club, we are still operating the same “Performance Squads” within our structure as we have in the past. The main difference is that these squads are formed through “invitation only” by the Academy committee and the costs of coaching services are either subsidised (Junior and Under 19 Development squads) or are made available free of charge (Under 21 High Performance Squad and Green Shield Squad).

How the performance squads operate

The performance squads are spilt into 4 divisions, the Junior Development Squad, the Green Shield Squad, the Under 19 Development Squad and the Under 21 High Performance Squad.

The reason for having four divisions is to recognise that the commitments to School and different stages of personal development require a different approach to the management of each member’s cricketing ability.

Membership into these squads is based on invitation only from the Academy Management Committee. Players invited may be current members of our club or players identified as future club members. These may be players who are not in a position to play for the club at the present time due to their age, their school commitments or where they live (country etc.)

The four academy divisions are described as follows:

Junior Development Squad

This division is made up of players between 12-13 years of age who have displayed a high level of skill within their school, club or representative cricket and can be assisted further with high level coaching. This squad is designed to form the basis of our future Green Shield squad and is intended to allow them to access a level of coaching they have not experienced to date in their short careers.

The squad will have access to high level coaches including our current club coach Ed Howitt in a specifically designed program over a 5 week period during the winter months. The program will set them up to develop their skills and be ready for the demands of Green Shield cricket as they hone their cricketing skills and their mental capacity to manage them effectively.

Green Shield Squad

This squad is made up of players who have been selected in the official Green Shield Squad to play within the SCA A.W. Green Shield Competition representing the Gordon District Cricket Club. The squad will also have access to high level coaches in a specifically designed program over a 4 month period from the start of the pre-season to the completion of the Green Shield matches. The program will not only include the development of their individual skill sets but also the broader strategies of cricket matches and how to contribute to a team environment.

This squad will have net, fielding and communication sessions from October through to the end of January.

Under 19 Development Squad

The Under 19 Division is made up mostly of players who have played in the club’s Green Shield team and their priority is now their school sport and studies.

While School is obviously a priority it is our goal to keep these players within the Gordon “family” and provide high level skills training through specific sessions including a weekend session, matches against School and University teams  and importantly through an invitation to join the Club’s training sessions on Tuesday’s and a session with the 1st Grade squad. They will also have access to sessions that include  communications, team building, fitness and nutrition. While many of the Academies programs are free of charge through our sponsorship, a fee to cover costs only is agreed with this squad prior to starting.

Every opportunity is also made for these players to attend Grade Training sessions when time permits with their school responsibilities. We want these Academy members to feel they are part of the club.

Under 21 High Performance Division

The Under 21 division consists of invited players whom the committee believe have the potential at this stage of their development to become Gordon First grade players or higher. Invitation to become an Under 21 Academy member is on a season by season basis and can be reviewed at any time if the player’s attitude or performance does not meet the standards of the Academy.

To date the Academy has produced some 30 players who have played first grade for the club and 5 who have progressed to NSW 2nd XI level.

The Under 21 Squad has full access to the Club’s coaching staff and high level sessions  with coaches for all disciplines are organised throughout the pre-season and early season up to the selection of the Poidevin Gray teams. The Squad will also have access to our head coaches for “one on one” sessions during the year.  Members of the Under 21 Squad are generally existing club grade players, however the Committee may from time to time include a younger player who shows exceptional skills.

Other aspects of the Academy 

Coaching

The performance squads have access to the Tier 2 and tier 3 levels coaches where each player receives an individually tailored program designed to concentrate and accelerate their cricket education and will be judged on performance and potential, the latter being assessed in the five core areas of technical, tactical, physical, mental, and lifestyle capabilities of playing at the highest level. Performances will be judged in the context of their attitude and participation in the team environment and not solely on weight of runs, wickets taken, or dismissals achieved.

Alliance with Macquarie University

The Club has an established alliance with Macquarie University and based on various academic and cricket capabilities, members of the Academy are chosen for Scholarships at the University. The Alliance has provided many scholarships over the length of its association with the Academy and plans to extend these in the years to come.

Matches 

The Academy also plays matches against School teams and combined grade teams. This enables the Academy coaches to analyse the skills of the players in match conditions, particularly when an Academy member does not play grade for the club at this stage.

This season we plan to play Academy matches against the Shore School, other Green Shield teams prior to the competition starting, as well as inter Academy matches.

Schedule

The schedule of sessions and games is adjusted each year to suit the requirements of the members and the club. Sessions are designed to supplement other activities of the member, and due to these commitments attendance at each session is not mandatory.

The games are played during school holidays or on a weekend when available and we use the Gordon First grade ground when available or the various school grounds.

Session times and venues are distributed to the individual squad members.

Contact us

Contact us

As our Academy administrators are also coaches, there will be times when a call to their mobiles may go through to voicemail. Please leave a message and they will get back to you as soon as feasible. The Academy phone contact is James Kennedy on 0437407896. 

To make communications easier we recommend you complete the “Contact us” form below where you can detail your questions or requirements allowing the administrator to come back with a detailed response. This will save time for both parties.

If you want to provide feedback on a particular coaching session, please use the Coaching Feedback Form.

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The Gordon Cricket Academy is a registered user of the Pay Pal system and all credit card payments made via this portal are secure with their worldwide technology. 

When making your payments, you can use your credit card (Visa or Mastercard) or your Paypal account. Just follow the instructions once you've checked out your coaching purchases.

To pay for your confirmed session, choose one of the catalogues below to select the appropriate session and enter your details.

 

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