The overall aim of the Academy is to provide talented young cricket players with a comprehensive program to enable them to develop into outstanding cricketers whilst at the same time providing players with the tools they need to develop into well-rounded members of the community. The structure of the BCBNA program highlights the preparation needed to fulfill athlete expectation and progression to achieve the highest level of international competition.
The Academy serves as the top tier of the BCB Youth Development Pathway providing a strong incentive for Bermuda’s young cricketers to progress to a higher level providing further incentives for children to participate from a very early age.
The BCBNA also has intakes in the 13 & Under, 15 & Under and 19 & Under boy’s age groups as well as the National Women’s team and the Under 16 Girls. Each age-group has approximately 25-30 players training throughout the year. The Academy has approximately 150 players in the Elite Program. The boys start in the Under 13 program and the girls start at Under 16 and with hard work and dedication they progress through the program to the senior level.
The players develop technical proficiency, tactical awareness, cognitive understanding, physical development, psychological grounding and personal development over time. Players are selected during cricket trials by the team management overseen by the National Coach. Teams compete in a series of matches throughout the year and also take part in league cricket. For the past three years the Under 15s & Under 19s have competed in the men’s evening league and in 2020, the T20 Domestic League. The Under 11s played in the Hiscox Celebrity Festival, the Under 13s played against each other and the Under 16 girls play regularly in Hiscox Under 11 and the BCB Women’s League.
The National Academy players are trained in batting, wicket keeping, fielding and bowling. Additional sessions on fitness, nutritional education, sports psychology and anti-drug WADA information sessions are a core part of the syllabus.