Colts Coaching Programme

The coaching arrangements for the Club's colts provides for three levels of coaching.

The arrangements have been developed in order to:

Levels of Colts Coaching

Level 1 - Foundation

This is for the under 7/8s, 9s, 10s and 11s age groups. The centre of their activity is the Sunday morning sessions (for under 7/8s and 9s) and the Friday evening sessions (for under 10s and 11s) during the summer, at Fulking. The key objectives are to enhance the boys and girls interest in cricket and to provide them with basic skills in batting, bowling and fielding.

It is a condition of attendance that the boys and girls are paid-up members of the Club and, therefore, no attendance fees are collected.

The coaching of these youngsters continues to be provided by the qualified coaches, under the overall direction of Steve Gatting, Director of Cricket & Coaching.

Level 2 - Development

This level of coaching is for all the youngsters in the Under 12s/13s/14s/15s and 16s age groups, other than those in the Academy (see below). The basis of their activity during the winter is the coaching sessions on Tuesday evenings, at the Sussex CCC Indoor School, from 7pm to 9pm. Coaching is in March and April.

Their summer training takes place on Friday evenings, in May, June and July, at Fulking.

The objectives are to retain the interest of the youngsters in their cricket during the off-season and to improve their individual skills, on both a collective and individual basis.

Steve Gatting oversees the coaching, through the Club's qualified coaches, each of whom is associated with a particular age group.

Level 3 - Advanced

This is the PNCC Academy, which contains up to 20 colts and other young men, identified as having special ability or exceptional potential, of all ages from Under 12s upwards. Those selected for the Academy members have been chosen by the Director of Cricket and Coaching and the Colts Manager (Martin Andrews).

The coaching is provided by Les Lenham, the internationally recognised coach, and other PNCC qualified coaches who work with the youngsters on an individual, one-to-one basis, during 2-hour net sessions, with up to four persons per session.

The coaching takes place on Tuesday evenings, at the Sussex CCC Indoor School, from 7pm to 9pm, from January to April.