Cricket Tour to KIOC, India – Report

Twelve cricketers recently returned from a Development Tour to Bangalore, India, as part of their pre-season preparation.

We have been running similar tours to India and Dubai for the past few years to give much needed exposure playing in different conditions and on different pitches. The tour also gave an excellent opportunity to experience different culture.

bangalore 3 300x225Along with the youngsters, two professional cricketers from Northamptonshire County Cricket Club – Stephen Peters (the Northants captain) and David Murphy joined the tour.

All the players had the opportunity to play cricket for eight hours a day which included batting sessions against quality local bowlers, video analysis, specialist fielding and fitness. The experience was extremely valuable and youngsters in the touring party showed lots of improvement.

Various guest coaches, mainly former First Class cricketers, were invited to coach the touring party and the highlight was meeting Indian batting legend G.R Vishwanath who took time to speak to the youngsters.

Karnataka Institute of Cricket (KIOC) who hosted the tour, and their Director/head coach Irfan Sait, ensured that the tour was both educational and enjoyable.

The professionals from Northants, in particular Stephen Peters, spoke to the youngsters about what it was like to be aindia koc 300x225 professional cricketer and the dedication required to play at a higher level. Peters said he would be recommending to his Northants team mates that they go on future City Cricket Academy tours as he felt the experience and amount of cricket he had during his time in Bangalore would really help him in the coming season.

The tour wasn’t all about cricket. As part of the wider learning and development for young cricketers that takes place on our tours, we have been fortunate to partner with an orphanage in Bangalore and the young tourists visited the orphanage during this trip. The orphanage does inspiring work with underprivileged children, providing shelter, basic amenities and education. Everyone was touched by the spirit of the kids at the orphanage.

Next cricket development tour will be in October half term to Dubai! Information coming soon..

Sonia in England Squad for Test

The City Cricket Academy is celebrating after Sonia Odedra was named in the England women’s squad to face India in a one-off Test match this week.

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shire, is operations manager at the Academy on Freeman’s Common, where she also coaches.

The game against the touring side is at the beautiful Wormsley ground in Buckinghamshire and starts on Wednesday.

Odedra, who is 26, joined forces with the CCA five years ago and has made excellentprogress in that time leading to her call into the England side. “This is the first time someone has made it to the top from our academy,” said delighted CCA director Don Bhagawati. “She started five years back and I predicted that she would play for England then.

“She was the first girl to play Premier League cricket in the Everards League as well. She is a role model for the community as well. Lots of youngsters look up to her and there are already a few girls who want to follow her footsteps.

“Sonia has worked hard and somewhere down the line we have helped a little.”

Odedra has already demonstrated her capabilities to the Indians. Last week she took 3-28 from 15 overs for the England Academy at Loughborough in a two-day game against the tourists.

Odedra has featured in the Premier League for Hinckley once this summer taking 2-32. “She has been playing county cricket otherwise she would feature regularly in our first team at Hinckley on merit,” added Bhagawati.

Development Tour to Dubai 17th – 26th October 2014

(Age Group 11yrs to 15yrs)

After our successful tours to Dubai, City Cricket Academy is proud to announce the 2014 Overseas Cricket Development Tour to ICC Global Cricket Academy Dubai this October half term.

Players embarking on this tour will gain valuable experience and build on the level of cricket they are already playing. The tour will also give opportunity to experience playing in different conditions against foreign players and under floodlights. There will be a specialist coach to guide individual progress on tour. There will be a master class with former international cricketer Muddassar Nazar who has played 86 test matches and 130 one day internationals. He is also the head coach at ICC (International Cricket Council) Global Academy.

City Cricket Academy Tours will be taking you on the pathway to progress at one of the best training and playing facilities in the world. The ICC Global Cricket Academy is based in Dubai Sports City. This is a fantastic opportunity for enthusiastic cricketers between the ages of 11yrs and 15yrs.


Day 1 17th October
Fly to Dubai from UK (BHX or LHR)
Day 2 18th October
Training at the ICC Global Academy
Day 3 19th October
Training & Match
Day 4 20th October
Day 5 21st October
Day 6 22nd October
Training & Match
Day 7 23rd October
Training & Match
Day 8 24th October
Day 9 25th October
Match / Training
Day 10 26th October
Return to the UK

(Subject to change if required)

Tour Package Includes:

• International flights from UK to Dubai.

• 10 days tour, training and playing a series of matches.

• Tour training kit.

• The opportunity to train and play at the best facilities in the world.

• Floodlit matches.

• All transportation in Dubai.

• 4* Accommodation with onsite leisure facilities including pool.

• All inclusive meals and mineral water.


We assure you the best price and quality. Places are limited!

For more information please call 0116 2543333 or alternatively email


October Half Term Cricket Camp 2014

Date: Monday 20th to Friday 24th October 2014

Age Groups: 5—7yrs 8—11yrs 12—14yrs

Camp Times: 10:00am — 4:00pm For parents convenience drop off available from 8:00am and late pick up to 5:30pm. Speak to a member of staff for details.

Fees: £22.50 per day or £20 per day for 3 days or more. Payable by Cash, Card or Cheque. Please make cheques payable to City Cricket Academy. We accept all major credit and debit cards.

Booking: Please call or email to book your place or alternatively complete the form below and send it to us with full payment at: City Cricket Academy, 8 Commercial Square, Freemens Common, Leicester, LE2 7SR

What you will need to bring: Cricket Kit (equipment available to borrow), clothing full whites or white top/CCA training top and tracksuit bottoms with indoor trainers, A healthy packed lunch and plenty to drink. There will be drinks and refreshments available to buy.

During our camps training includes: Fitness for Cricket, Fielding Drills, Skills Sessions, One to One Coaching, Net Practice, Game Situations & much more. Above all, enjoyment & development. Cricketers of all experience are welcome including beginners. Our programme is conducted and supervised by English Cricket Board qualified coaches, current and former first class cricketers. All staff at City Cricket Academy are C.R.B checked.

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