you getting the most out of your BOLA Bowling Machine? Many BOLA users
are telling us that they would welcome some input from a professional
coach on how to best utilise their most valuable coaching aid.
Morgan the Youth Coordinator at Lisvane Cricket Club in Cardiff purchased
their first BOLA Machine in 2005. He had created the clubs youth section
a couple of years earlier with about twenty boys and girls.
This year Ian’s training sessions are attended by about 150 boys and 20 girls each week and they needed a second machine to help them cope.
“The machines are terrific for generating interest amongst the children,” explained Ian. “The first machine was financed through raffles, bag packing at ASDA and donations from keen parents. For the second BOLA we received a grant from the Cricket Board of Wales and sponsorship from local companies.”
Lisvane have ten ECB qualified coaches who cater for their eleven agegroup teams and this season Glamorgan Cricket Development Officer Peter Edwards will also be running an Academy side.
“From eleven onwards everybody uses the machines,” said Ian. “We like to coach one-on-one and the machines are indispensable tools especially with the automatic feeder.”
The club took over the old YMCA cricket ground six years ago and are currently hard at work tuning it into a vibrant centre for cricket in north Cardiff with the help of an ECB facilities grant.
Felsted School in Essex have an association with BOLA Bowling Machines dating back to 1985 when they bought the fourth machine to be manufactured at the Bristol factory.
Master in Charge of Cricket, Charles Knightly, has recently replaced that original machine with two new BOLA Professionals with Stands and Automatic Feeders.
Charles, whose career includes captaining Gloucestershire C.C.C. under 19s and County Second team cricket, is a long-term machine user himself having first encountered them at Dean Close School, Cheltenham also in the eighties.
Felsted have five indoor nets in their Sports Hall and use matting to create differing speeds of surface.
“I like to encourage the pupils to be responsible for what we are going to work on. They will decide on a facet of their game and I will alternate between the machine and live bowling,” explained Charles. “The machine is a fantastic coaching aid especially during indifferent weather.”
The school has produced several England cricketers including Nick Knight (who would have developed his basic shots in front of machine No.4), Derek Pringle and John Stevenson. They also supply Essex CCC with a steady flow of young players and currently have ten pupils representing the county in agegroup teams.
Machines are terrific
for generating interest
amongst the Children."
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