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“This is a terrific project and one that can hopefully produce some fast bowlers over time.

It's a great opportunity for players.”

Ashley Giles, MD of England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB)


What We've Achieved

  • 68 places for fresh talent across two Academies (Main & Development)

  • 4 Bowlers trialling with first-class county sides

  • Had the ECB and the ICC visit us in Year One

  • Improved speed in all attendees

  • Educated players to become self-starters

  • Helped players to interact with peers older & younger than themselves

  • Players breaking in to County Age Group (CAG) teams and squads

  • Developed safe bowling actions

  • Increased the knowledge and understanding of a future generation of fast bowlers

This is no ordinary programme. The fast bowling programme is developed and managed by a team of expert coaches, former & current professionals and highly specialised trainers. The combination of expert staff and world-class facilities results in a cricket academy programme unmatched by any other. The Academy takes you on a personal journey of technical & tactical expertise alongside strong sports psychology mentoring plus fitness programme. We work with a speed gun to monitor and measure your progression. Your development is analysed every step of the way. Our aim is to get the very best out of you.

  • Main Academy fees £2250 (part & full scholarships available up to £2250)

  • Development Academy fees £1350 (part & full scholarships available up to £1350)

This is a world-class fast bowling academy where we get incredible results. That’s why players travelled from Yorkshire, Lancashire, Hampshire and various outreaches of the UK, with one student joining us from Denmark.

We want the very best talent to develop. So you need to make a commitment. That commitment is you want to be the best you can be.

We select attendees based on potential as well as existing talent. And players are offered a place on either the Development or Main Academy, dependent on how we see their standard. Regardless of which one you are selected on, chosen attendees enjoy a full training clothing package supplied by NFBA. The academy takes place at The Herts & Essex Cricket Centre (HECC) over a series of Saturday/Holiday (main) and Saturday (development) camps spread across the Winter. Each session covers 6 hours. There’s a pre-Christmas get-together or a pre-Season Training Camp near Easter, dependent which camp you are on. In between these camps you get access to the coaching staff through emails and ongoing interaction via a closed FaceBook Group for attendees. So access to coaching is a complete 12 months. ONLY join us if you are prepared to dedicate 12 months. You will need to be able to travel to HERTFORDSHIRE for the NFBA physical coaching dates listed on the trial page.

Our reputation is exceptional and we need to produce exceptional talent. We recommend players to T20 franchises, first class teams, county age groups, elite school programmes plus help create opportunities at all levels across white ball and red ball cricket.

But first you have to be selected. If you want to have the opportunity to be part of the NFBA please visit our Trial page.

The trials are for an hour with Ian Pont & Catherine Dalton, our two main coaches, running them personally. So you will get to meet Ian & Cath. The format is a warm up and general bowl, before the speed test on the Pocket Radar Pro Speed Gun and Display, followed by a small coaching session on a chosen variation two see how you interact with the coaches and take on new information. You can book now by going to Trial page.