High Performance Graduates Ready for First-Class Cricket

The Gary Kirsten Cricket 2016-2017 High Performance Programme reaches an exciting conclusion in the coming days.

The three month long full-time programme which is headed by Gary Kirsten and his team of leading coaches once again attracted cricketers from around the world.

It is an unparalleled cricketing development experience which seeks to prepare first-class players for life on and off the field.

The final few weeks of the programme saw players work intensely on specific skills with a range of guest coaches.

Shukri Conrad who heads Cricket South Africa’s National Academy led a 50 over batting marathon.

While former Proteas spinner, Robin Peterson gave the guys a masterclass in slower bowling.

“The last couple of weeks have been really good and the intensity of the boys has been outstanding,” GKC Head Coach, Ryan Cook said.

“The guys have worked on refining their skills and we were delighted to see the massive improvements in their game when they took on the Western Province Academy in a few friendlies,” he added.

The group has also made big strides away from the cricket pitch.

There has been marked improvements in their physical tests which were administered by the Sports Science Institute of South Africa.

While GKC’s Performance Psychologist, Tom Dawson Squibb wrapped up his work on a positive mindset and understanding oneself.

“Tom has done a phenomenal job with the guys. He is made them aware of what goes on internally during the game and away from it,” Cook revealed.

“It has been a great programme and I think the guys have grown as cricketers and people tremendously,” he concluded.