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Matt teams up with Australian Cricket Coach

Specialist sports school, Plymouth Studio School, has teamed up with Plymouth Cricket Club to give young Devon cricket star, Matt Petherbridge, the opportunity to put his coaching skills into practise.

Sixteen year old spin bowler, Matt, who is playing for Devon under 17s and Devon Lions this season is studying for his BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport at Plymouth Studio School.  He is currently under-taking  work experience with  Plymouth  Cricket Club coach, Tim Turnbull, to observe the latest in  first class standard cricket coaching techniques.

Plymouth Cricket High Performance Manager and Coach, Tim Turnbull, was voted Australian Cricket Coach of the Year in 2015 and has assisted the Australian Sports Commission in developing on-line coaching courses. Tim has held the position of Head Coach for various NSW and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) underage teams as part of Cricket Australia’s development programme.

Tim comments, “It’s great to be able to teach Matt some of the key modern fundamentals of cricket coaching utilising the latest technologies in sports performance management – including player video analysis, performance management programs, sports psychology and motivational techniques”

Matt’s work placement is part of his Sports Development and Coaching pathway at Plymouth Studio School which will give him the skills and qualifications he needs to progress on to higher education or a career in coaching.  He is also part of Plymouth Studio School’s Sports Performance Programme which includes additional strength and conditioning training with former Commonwealth sprint medal winner, Kat Endacott, and sessions with Olympic sports psychologist, Jon Rhodes.

Plymouth Cricket Club has also established links this season with other organisations, including the University of St Mark & St John  and the Devon Cricket League, to assist local players in reaching their potential.

Tim Turnbull comments, “I’m really excited to be involved with the club and local players and have already identified some potential first class cricketers who could follow in the footsteps of Heather Knight, a former Plymouth player and now current caption of England Women’s Cricket side”

Matt comments,  “It’s fantastic to be able to put all the things I’m learning in the classroom, at my club and in school time into practise with Tim and to pick up some in-depth advice on coaching from such a cricket expert.

“The mix of study, practical coaching experience and additional sports performance support which the school gives me is really helping me on the way to achieving my ambition of being a top cricket and sports coach.”

Students interested in a Year 10 or Year 12 place at Plymouth Studio School on its Sports Performance, Sports Development and Coaching or Sports Management pathways can register for a Year 12 taster day on  Friday 8th July at, or call 01752 243900 to book a tour and appointment.