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Somerset County Cricket Club players enjoying training in the ADC

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Somerset’s County Cricketers made the short trip over the border to Devon recently in order to use the training facilities at the University of Exeter. Somerset has always had strong links with the University. Current Club Captain and former University of Exeter Sports Scholar, Tom Abell graduated from the University in 2015 with a degree in French and Sports Sciences and captained the University of Exeter Men's Cricket 1st team. 

Somerset spent the day at the Sports Park and completed their Strength and Conditioning in the covered courts and Athlete Development Centre, a bespoke Performance Training facility for all athletes on the University of Exeter Performance Programme competing in one of our Performance Sports. Cricket is one of the Performance Sports at the University led by Head of Cricket Ruan Louw. Athletes on the Performance Programme recieve access to exceptional facilities and sports specific coaching as well as a comprehensive support services package including Strength and Conditioning, Physiotherapy and Athlete Lifestyle support. The University of Exeter is also home to the £2million Sir Christopher Ondaatje Devon Cricket Centre which offers players from the University of Exeter and wider community to access a high quality indoor facility. 

Reflecting on their visit Somerset Head of Strength and Conditioning, Joel Tratt commented "I knew the lads would love it at the University because the facilities are world class, especially from a Strength & Conditioning perspective. To be offered the chance to go down there was brilliant and it was nice to be able to get the guys away from our normal environment. Essentially we were doing similar work to what we usually do at the Club, but putting the players in a different environment creates a new energy and competitiveness amongst the boys. That resulted in a brilliant training day and it would be great to be able to do it again. We had a great day and the boys absolutely loved it. It’s a great place to train and develop as an athlete.”

Head of Cricket Ruan Louw commented "Last week it was great to see the Somerset CCC squad training at our Strength and Conditioning facilities. It is always a privilege to see professionals at work and to be exposed to that environment can only be beneficial to us as a University. It is my hope and belief that we will see them here more often and hopefully we will be their 1st port of call going forward. We are looking at producing 1st class players here at Exeter and believe that a strong partnership with Somerset will benefit the players and the wider county".

University of Exeter Strength and Conditioning coach Wayne Pattinson added, “Having Joel and the Somerset players at the University is great for our environment. It allows both Strength & Conditioning coaches to share ideas, which can only benefit the University cricket programme. It’s a fantastic experience for our cricketers to interact with County and International players. The players and staff were great to be around and it’s brilliant to have them at our facility, and we would love to welcome them again.”

The University of Exeter Men's and Women's 1st teams are currently competing in the BUCS indoor cricket leagues with the Women's 1st team recently having qualified for the BUCS Indoor finals. Both squads will continue in their preparations for the BUCS outdoor season starting in April. 

Date: 24 July 2018

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