A welcome from Ryan Sidebottom
Hello and welcome to our new website!
I’m very lucky to have an Academy set-up like this, and I’m excited to have worked alongside our creative partners at Banana Kick towards the creation of the brand and this excellent website.
The website is a great platform for the Academy – after all, you want as much information out there as possible – and hopefully it will encourage more people to take a look at what we do.
It’s a really exciting time for the Academy and we’ve had a fantastic level of interest in our activities. There’s been a great intake and sign-ups ahead of our Summer camps and Winter Courses. We’re ever-improving and this website launch is a big part of that.
I have a good group of coaches who want to help boys and girls learn, whether they want to go on and play for Yorkshire, or they just want to be better at the sport and enjoy what they’re doing.
I do enjoy coaching – I still love playing – but the opportunity to pass on my knowledge has been fantastic. When I’m coaching I like to keep things simple and ensure that the kids are not only learning, but also enjoying themselves.
It’s not just about different aspects of cricket, but also things away from the game, like being respectful, playing as a team and being polite – saying ‘please’ and ‘thank you’.
Those are values that were always instilled in me as a young player – to always be respectful of the opposition and everyone around you.
The Academy runs alongside the Ryan Sidebottom Cricket Foundation, which helps to looks out for under-privileged children who may not otherwise have the chance to play cricket. Since its recent launch, we have seen many youngsters develop skills at the Foundation, and are proud to offer something back to our local community.
In the future I’m keen to develop the two organisations even further to help give kids and young players the best opportunities possible to succeed.
As we grow, we want to get bigger and better and raise standards for boys and girls – and in particular I’d love to get more girls involved. We’ve had one or two in some sessions, but I’d like a lot more.
You look around now at how quickly women’s sport is growing, and in particular in cricket with the introduction of central contracts for the England team. I think it’s absolutely brilliant and I hope the Academy can be a big part of helping to nurture that.