ASPIRING south-west cricketers are encouraged to attend a coaching camp under the guidance of Sydney Thunder player Aiden Blizzard next week.
Blizzard will visit Warrnambool on Wednesday to discuss Australian Cricket College — a new educational program with a strong emphasis on cricket development.
Victoria’s Andrew McDonald and Rob Quiney are among the college’s specialised coaches.
Blizzard said he would run a two-hour clinic for interested players, aged between 16 and 20, at Warrnambool Indoor Cricket and Netball Centre on Mortlake Road.
Those interested in joining the college’s 2015 intake will be encouraged to apply for its scholarships. The college is offering a limited number of scholarships, worth $9700.
“What we are looking at is providing an educational option for people who might not necessarily want to go to uni so we use cricket as a vehicle,” Blizzard said.
“What we are doing is trying to give people an opportunity to come to Melbourne to further their education and stay passionate about cricket.
“Andrew McDonald and myself are both from the country and are passionate country kids getting the equal opportunities city kids get.”
Blizzard said the clinic would incorporate all the aspects the college focused on — high performance, exercise and life coaching among the themes.
“It is an intense couple of hours and our coaching methods are different to the norm. We like to empower the kids.”
Those who join the college spend between three and four days a week at the school and would play cricket at their local club in the south-west or for a Melbourne-based team.
Wednesday’s session runs from 6pm to 8pm.