Northants Youngsters in unforgettable Cook experience
Two of our County Age Group cricketers had a fantastic opportunity to work with former England Captain Alistair Cook at Lords last week, in a trip arranged by their school, Lodge Park Academy in Corby.
Caitlyn Connelly, a member of our Girls Under 13 squad who also plays for S&L Corby explains
“On Monday the 5th of February, 11 students from across the whole David Ross Education Trust were lucky enough to be chosen to attend the Cricket Talent Day at Lords, and take part in a net session with Alistair Cook. The trip was funded through the DRET Inspiration Fund.
We arrived at Lords full of excitement and enthusiasm. Almost instantly we met Steven Finn coming in for a early net. He gave us a wave as we made our way into the indoor nets. We were introduced to Alistair and were explained the itinerary for the day. We would spend 90 minutes netting. Next, we would be given a tour around Lords including the pavilion, museum and media centre.
The group was split up in to two nets, where we all had the opportunity to bat and bowl. I faced a series of bowlers including even Alistair himself. Alistair spent time talking to us individually, sharing coaching tips and expert advice on how to improve our batting.
When we finished netting there was some time to get autographs
and photos. Then we started the tour, we travelled to the media centre where we had a Q and A session with Alistair. Everyone had the opportunity to ask questions and get advice from England’s highest scoring batsman. Alistair gave us advice of how to deal with pressure and how to concentrate during a long innings. We continued the tour of the ground, where we travelled to the pavilion and the England changing rooms, there we saw the honours boards and spotted some familiar names.
Next we walked down through the long room, walking the same steps as many England greats. The museum was the next stop and we had opportunity to get our photographs taken with the replica Ashes urn. I was pleased to see the Ladies World Cup trophy and Anya Shrubsole’s shirt on display.”
Sam Smith of our Under 13 Boys and Geddington Cricket Club enjoyed the experience
“Having the chance to go to the home of English cricket was amazing. A net session with Alastair Cook made the day even more special. The netting facilites, home changing room, media centre , seeing the original ashes urn and walking through the long room made the day truly memorable.”
Caitlyn agreed, and was thankful to her school for giving her the opportunity
“This was a fantastic day throughout that I will not forget in a hurry! I am really grateful for the experience through my school Lodge Park Academy and DRET.”
Both Caitlyn and Sam are talented cricketers (Caitlyn already has an ECB Under 13 County Cup runners up medal), and it would be fantastic if this opportunity inspired them to maybe appear at Lords again one day in the future !
We thank Caitlyn & Sam for sharing their experiences with us.