CRICKET COACHING MATters!
Wondered how you can improve your cricket batting skills within your own house, club or school all year round?
Why not try the Cricket Coaching Mat by David Cooper (www.cricketcoachingmats.com) which has been designed to be used at home, clubs and school. The Mat is particularly useful for promising young cricketers, but also for beginners, that would like to and be able to practice at any time of year. What is unique about this product is you can practice your batting skills without a coach as a CD is provided to guide you through various skills.
Coaches within a club environment are able to use the Cricket Coaching Mats to supplement their coaching by teaching a wide range of batting skills to the large numbers of youngsters that come to junior practice. It is designed to give youngsters the time and opportunity to improve their batting skills on a perfect surface and in an interactive and fun way.
Do you ever find that it is wayward bowling that restricts the progress of many a young batsman? Bowlers find it hard to put the ball consistently in the right areas to enable the batsman to consistently practice their shots and for you to coach them as effectively as you might?
To overcome these difficulties, the Cricket Coaching Mat provides a simple, effective batting space together with a set of flexible tees (5 different heights in all) on which to practice all the shots. These can range from front foot cover drives, on drives and sweeps to back foot square cuts, pulls and drives (plus the full range of defensive strokes). A set of 6 footprints are provided and these are used to get the feet into the correct positions for both batting and bowling.
The tees are placed from beneath the mat into one of 39 carefully positioned holes. This means that they always stay in place so saving you a massive amount of time and trouble. The youngster can then play each shot over 100 times in just a 10 minute period thereby “grooving” their memory muscles.
From a parent’s point of view, you will probably be keen to see your child develop quickly and perhaps move up the batting order, score that first 50 or century and make the District or County age group team? The Cricket Coaching Mats are also designed to be used by youngsters to practice their shots at home. They can be set up in the garden or driveway and by watching the 16 coaching clips on their laptops or smart phones can learn to bat even better and go on to play those match winning innings.
It is used widely all over the UK including by clubs and groups within Lancashire. Please find some testimonials below.
“The coaching mat is a fantastic tool for young cricketers. It’s an essential product for the overall game of cricket.”
Mohammed Qasim Ali (Burnley CC Head Coach)
“The mats work wonders and in a short period of time the results were staggering. Every one of the youngsters had improved.”
Mike Moores (Blackpool CC)
“We used the mats for the first time last night on some new youngsters with quite stunning results, repetition of the shots meant that within 4 or 5 tries the new players were playing shots with the correct technique. Excellent - now for the first XI!!!!!”
Simon Lowndes (Denton West CC)
“It will significantly reduce the length of time needed to explain the fundamentals to novice cricketers.”
Stan Heaton (Chairman of the Lancashire League junior section)
“Darwen CC have been involved in the Chance to Shine scheme and have used the coaching mat in delivering coaching sessions. Our coaches have found it really helpful in teaching youngsters the art of batting especially in one to one sessions and found that the youngsters found it easier to coordinate both foot and hand movements.”
Ian Cordingley (Darwen CC)
“The best thing we have ever bought for our juniors!”
South Shore CC, Blackpool
“The Cricket Coaching Mat has assisted me tremendously with my coaching as well as assisting the juniors to develop proper techniques i.e. stance, feet movement, ball direction and shot selection.”
Johaan Bustin (Newton Le Willows CC)
“We use the mat as part of our Primary Schools programme and also extensively at our club. It is an excellent coaching tool.”
Neil Edwards (Formby CC)
“The coaching mat is really is a must for all clubs. It makes the coaching of strokes to young cricketers so much easier and increases their skill level dramatically. What's more it can also be used for fielding and bowling development. It really is a great resource and makes cricket an active, fun activity for any number of children.”
Farouk Hussain (Clitheroe CC)
“We have used the coaching mats for the last 5 years. We have seen real improvements in the standards of our junior players.”
Gordon Whitehead (Glodwick CC)
Warren Doyle, head of PE at Holy Trinity School (Yorkshire) says: “The coaching mats have been an excellent resource in our PE Department and we thoroughly recommend them. We use them throughout the year both indoors and outdoors with inter form competitions, with our girls’ squads (who were Yorkshire Schools runners up) and at all 3 key stages.”
Andy Compton from Bolton School says: “We have 5 coaching mats and they are very useful in re-creating match scenarios which have helped to improve all of our school squad’s results.”
Mark Kerridge, Head Teacher at St Peter’s and St Paul’s School in Lincoln have 10 coaching mats in their Centre of Cricket Excellence and they are used by the school to teach visiting youngsters from 23 Primary Schools across Lincolnshire. The results have been staggering with significant improvements every time we use the mats.
At less than £200, how can each of your junior sides afford to be without one? To find out more about the product and order online visit: www.cricketcoachingmats.com. You will also be able to view videos and join their Facebook page via the website. Alternatively you can contact David Cooper direct on 07986 234489 or via e-mail to: [email protected].
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