Ellesmere College was delighted to welcome the former Head Coach of Kent Academy - Jason Weaver - who organised a fielding and wicket-keeping workshop for our promising young Cricket Academy players as part of a major initiative with Cricket Shropshire.
The workshop featured practical and theory training, with some intense fielding skills sessions to emulate under pressure fielding situations, as well as a Q&A with the Ellesmere Cricket Academy players who were all very keen to hear and learn from Jason's wealth of coaching experiences..
After retiring from his professional playing career which saw him make appearances for Newport, Shifnal, and then Shropshire County in the 1990 and 1991 NatWest Cup, Weaver took on a development role at Kent County Cricket Club where he acted as a High Performance Manager for 10 years before becoming the High Performance Director in January 2017. During his time at the club, he oversaw the development of the county's young talents and saw his graduates succeed within both their national and regional teams - such as Zak Crawley who recently made his England debut!
Weaver currently works with Sussex County Cricket Club's 'Player Pathway' programme for wicket-keepers and acts as a mentor on the ECB Advanced Coach Education course, while also holding workshops for school, club and county players on both a group and one-to-one basis.
Also assisting in the coaching session was Eve Jones, who currently leads the Cricket for Girls programme at the College, and who has just signed for Birmingham Phoenix in the ECB 110 ball tournament as well as moving from Lancashire to Warwickshire CCC Women in the County league format.
Rod Jones, the Cricket Academy Head Coach at Ellesmere College, commented: "The session was intense with a view of working under pressure whilst doing the basics. The players got a lot out of the session, which hopefully they'll take into their games."
Jason then led a Coaches Coaching session at the College with the Shropshire Country Cricket coaches.
For more on our Cricket Academy programme, please click here: Cricket Academy.
For more on Cricket Shropshire, please click here: Cricket Shropshire Website.
17th February 2020 Back to News