EPP begins and a busy few days of trials
Fitness Assessments, player-coach meetings and goal setting set the scene for EPP phase 1
The EPP got under last Wednesday with the initial fitness assessments lead by fitness guru Alex Horn (1st Team S + C). Aside his jokes and stories of Scottish football the girls were put through their paces including:
Maximum Press up test
Core strength - Plank and side plank
Multi-stage fitness test
These results are their baseline results and the girls will train to improve these over the next 5 weeks. Their ultimate goal is to get these to the ECB Women Fitness for Selection level.
There were a few red faces and tired legs after the session but hard work was put in by all and we hope with the support we can give that the girls can improve their scores the next time we conduct fitness assessments.
Along with fitness assessments meetings were held with all the girls and their parents. A programme was put together including their 1 to 1 sessions and group fitness and fielding session each week. The girls will have access to video analysis and a chance to get to know their game inside out. We have also given the girls a diary which will allow them to plan their sessions and monitor how much cricket and other sport they are playing. Not only do we need to monitor their activity levels to ensure they are balancing school work, exams and other sports but bowling too much at a young age can have detrimental effects later on.
Final trials at U13 and U15 took place over the last few days. A group of girls have been invited back at Under 13 level to allow us more time to work with them and decide on a final squad. At U15 the whole group of nominated trialists returned for their final trial on Sunday. The standard was very high and all the coaches now have diffcult decisions to make.
See below some photos from the fitness assessments
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