Aiden Blizzard was in Shepparton last week to put local cricket players through their paces and to keep an eye out for potential students.OLIVER CAFFREY August 21, 2014 3:15am
Shepparton-raised cricketer Aiden Blizzard watches on as young local cricketers run through some drills.
Shepparton-raised cricketer Aiden Blizzard was back in town last week to guide the next generation of stars.
Blizzard is combining professional cricket with a new career as Athlete and Business Development manager with Australian Cricket College.
It was founded last year and is believed to be a world-first specialised cricket college.
Blizzard said a number of young local cricketers turned out to the session last Wednesday at Major League Indoor Sports Centre.
‘‘We had a good turnout of 16 to 18-year-olds that came along with varying talents and we’re very happy with the response from the kids,’’ Blizzard said.
‘‘There were some good cricketers there that have been under some good coaches in Shepp and we’re looking forward to seeing more of them.’’
The college takes a unique approach to cricket to provide an opportunity for young cricketers to further development and education.
‘‘We like to challenge the guys and have outcomes to achieve, so they can think for themselves, rather than being just told what to do,’’ Blizzard said.
A number of scholarships for the college are now on offer to potential students for next year.
‘‘We’re really looking for someone that is chasing an education and using cricket to further that,’’ Blizzard said.
‘‘We’ll look to come back towards the end of the year and check in to see how the guys are going.
‘‘We’re starting our intake for next year and looking at students, particularly in country areas, and I’d love to be able to offer it to someone from Shepp.’’
Along with Blizzard, students at the college have access to top coaches, including Tallygaroopna-raised Victorian cricketer Ryan Sidebottom.
Former Australian player Andrew McDonald is the director of cricket.
Blizzard will play for Hobart Hurricanes in the Twenty20 Champions League in India next month before beginning with Sydney Thunder for the Big Bash League in December.
He will play for Victorian Premier Cricket club Essendon when he is not busy with Twenty20 duties.
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