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Planning and Preparation

Women and Girls Planning and Preparation for 2012 season in full swing

The last 2 weeks have been hectic planning fixtures, selecting county squads, initialising a new mid week Womens club league and planning a schools programme.

Last week was the second of the Lady Taverners competition as Skelmersdale Sports Centre, which saw Rainford High win both U13 and U15 competitions. Some excellent cricket was played by all the girls who took part.

I spent time in various schools in all 3 areas within the County. Including Norden High, St Anthonys, Salford City Academy and Urmston Grammar. Some excellent skills sessions delivered by the community coaches and good enthusiasm from the girls. These sessions will hopefully help get girls into local clubs and district programmes.

I spent Monday 6th February suffering with a cold but having the opportunity to attend a coaches day held by Peter Moores and staff I battled on! This day included a talk from Martin Hewitt who is a driving force behind Walking with the Wounded. He is an ex- Marine who walked with Prince Harry to the North Pole unaided. They are off to scale Everest at the end of March. His talk was centered on what elite athletes have to face when they have a career changing injury and how to overcome it.  This was followed by a talk from Peters Moores on player belief, a player’s presence, the warrior instinct and many more fascinating insights. We then spent some time with some of the pro’s listening to their take on their coaching and experiences. Some time was also spent observing the academy players and their approach to a session on throwing and fitness. A thoroughly enjoyable and informative session. Many points were made that made you think as a coach how to approach each session and your active involvement.

Friday 10th February was the final U13 trial for County girls. A squad of 13 girls has been selected and have been notified. The standard was very high and the final decision was exceptionally hard to make. Unfortunately we couldn’t select all the girls and I wish the best of luck to all those who didn’t get in this time. The squad is as follows:

Lucy Staunton Turner

Eleanor Threlkeld

Hannah Jones

Erin Staunton Turner

Emily Weetman

Georgia Clough

Megan Wildish

Georgina Bolton

Katie Mote

Evie Priestley

Becky Gorton

Neve Nizinkiewicz-steel

Natasha Fenton

The U15 girls also had a crucial session where the development and main squad were named. The girls were then put through their paces in nets and fitness testing. The development group went through goals setting as a team and individually. This will be ongoing through the season with a main aim for the squad to push the main squad as hard as possible and work their way into it. The development group completed a speed and an agility test followed by a balance test. All of the girls, including the 2 coaches need to improve their balance as none of us reached the first level!!

This next week brings meetings to discuss the 1st X1 plans including the introduction of Jonathan Finch as Head Coach and Tony Potter takes the role of Team Manager. This is exciting times for the 1st X1 and we are all looking forward to the new season.

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