The support team for the second annual Tom Maynard Academy in Spain in February 2015 has been confirmed.
Recently-appointed Director of Cricket at Somerset Matthew Maynard will again lead the management team for the ten day camp at the Desert Springs complex in Almeria, Spain, from 19th to 28th February.
The coaching team for the camp will be completed by former Gloucestershire, Yorkshire and Australia all-rounder Ian Harvey and former Leicestershire, Kent and England wicket-keeper/batsman Paul Nixon. Both were involved in the inaugural Academy earlier this year.
Jamie Dalrymple, former Glamorgan captain and Middlesex and England all-rounder, will again provide insights into leadership, sports psychology and dressing room dynamics; and the ECB’s Head of Elite Coaching, Gordon Lord, will be back to carry out some personality profiling and to support the 2015 intake with expert advice on how to use that to beneficial effect in their careers.
Former England Physio Dean Conway will provide the medical back-up and work with the players to ensure they are delivering on the fitness programmes that will have been set for them by their respective counties. Mike Fatkin, one of the Trustees and a former CEO at Glamorgan, will provide management support for Matthew and help the players to understand some of the off-field pitfalls of being a professional sportsperson.
On behalf of the Tom Maynard Trust, Matthew Maynard said:
“I’m delighted that Harv and Nico are available to join us in February. Their technical knowledge and their positive and infectious personalities had an enormous impact on this year’s intake and I know they will be even better second time around now that they fully understand the concept and know the facilities. I’m really grateful, too, to Jamie for finding the time to assist, and to Lordy for his invaluable input in what is a very specialist field. And it almost goes without saying that Dean’s and Mike’s continued support for the project is much appreciated. Everything’s booked at Desert Springs and we’re in the process of finalizing the names of the players who will be working with us. I’ve been in contact with all of the counties for a while now and we should be in a position to confirm the list shortly. For me personally this is a really important project and I believe it can make a big difference. I’m really looking forward to the ten days.”