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Phuket youth stump up for cricket academy

Phuket youth stump up for cricket academy

CRICKET: More than a dozen Phuket youngsters enjoyed an introduction to one of the world’s most popular sports on Saturday, as the Phuket Cricket Group (PCG) launched its new youth academy at the Alan Cooke Ground (ACG) in Thalang district.

Monday 10 December 2012, 06:47PM

During the two-hour morning session, the kids practised their new found fielding, bowling and batting skills, which culminated in some mini-games. With parents watching on from the ACG clubhouse, some of the potential stars of the future were making their claims for future selection of their respective country’s national teams.

“This is the beginning of a new era for Phuket cricket,” said coach John King. “By developing the skills of these youngsters, we will then establish a junior league to be played at the ACG. They represent a crop of new and young talent which will later form the base for the senior leagues of the future.”

“One of the main aims of the PCG is to foster the development of cricket in Phuket,” said PCG chairman Mark Ashman. “What better place to start than with kids to ensure the continued growth of the game on the island which now has a world class cricketing facility such as the ACG. By putting these systems in place at the grass roots level will enable the PCG to achieve these goals”.

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The academy holds its sessions on Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings and is open to children from ages 6 to 14, with squads being split into two age groups – from 6 to 9 years, and from 10 to 14 years. The academy uses a combination of hard ball and soft ball training equipment.

Anyone interested in enrolling their child should contact Mark Ashman of the PCG at

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