BUDDING young cricketers from around the district can take advantage of first-class coaching from Yorkshire players past and present at Ossett Cricket Club next week.
Current Yorkshire all-rounder Richard Pyrah and former White Rose batsman John Sadler will hold cricket coaching courses throughout next week as they look to “give something back” to the community they grew up in.
Both Pyrah, who featured in Yorkshire’s season-opening LV County Championship win at Worcestershire last week, and Sadler, who started his career with Yorkshire before moving on for spells with Leicestershire and Derbyshire, played for Ossett as youngsters before being selected for the Yorkshire Academy.
The duo have set-up ‘First Class Cricket Coaching’ to help coach young cricket players from around the Wakefield district.
“Me and John both went to Ossett school and played for Ossett Cricket Club before moving on to Yorkshire and we just want to give something back to the area,” said Pyrah.
“We’ve both wanted to get into coaching when we’ve finished playing, and now that John has retired we thought now would be a good time to get things going.”
He continued: “I’ve done coaching before while at Yorkshire but we’re focusing on Wakefield because it’s where we grew up and started playing.
“We’ll be using techniques and drills that we go through all the time at county level for the courses and we’re hoping for a big uptake in the places.”
Courses run from 10am-3pm every day next week and cost £25 per session. Sessions on Monday and Tuesday are for 8-12 year olds and sessions on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are for 12-16 year olds.
For more information and to book a place visit www.firstclasscricketcoaching.co.uk or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
See Friday’s Wakefield Express Sport for a full interview with Richard Pyrah on Yorkshire’s prospects for 2011 and his coaching courses.