**If you are interested in competing within one of our Performance Sports, please complete the attached form **
Approximately 14-17 men and 14-17 women are selected annually for our performance squads. These athletes will be given access to the following programme along with all the Performance Programme services:
- 3 x training sessions per week
- Regular BUCS outdoor matches for both men's (National Premier) and women's (Premier South)
- Men's and Women's BUCS indoor cricket season
- Specialist coaching (individual and group)
- Up to 3 x S&C sessions/week including recovery
- Individual video analysis
- Partnership with Western Storm (Women's Cricket Super League franchise)
- Mentoring for our aspiring student-coaches
Ruan Louw - Head of Cricket
Ruan has a Level 4 ECB master coach qualification and a P.G Dip in Elite Cricket. He has previously held roles at Hertfordshire (2012-13), Middlesex Cricket (2013-15), The University of York Head Coach (2015-17) and Yorkshire County Cricket Club Women’s 1st XI Head Coach (2016-17). He has also spent much time with Yorkshire CCC men’s 1st XI and was Yorkshire Diamonds Assistant Coach.
More recently he has been Coaching Director at Nelson Cricket in New Zealand and spent time working with the Central Stags as well as assisting with the Pakistan national side in their preparations for their ODI’s against the Blackcaps.
He has a wealth of experience coaching and developing players of all abilities and is also a qualified ECB Coaching tutor. He is also currently a player scout for the England Women’s programme.
Jack Bradbury - Cricket Performance Coach
Jack's been playing cricket for as long as he can remember, joining Ashbrittle Cricket Club aged eight. Since then he has fine-tuned his skill-set to become an effective medium paced bowler. During his time at Cardiff Metropolitan University, Jack helped the first team to British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) indoor title in 2012, and was runner up in 2013.
In his role as full-time coach, Jack oversees the coaching programme of the University men's 2nd, 3rd and 4th teams, whilst also being the women's 1st team Head Coach. Jack also acts as a High Performance Coach on the men's and women's High Performance Programme.
• ECB Level 3 Cricket Coach
“Being a Sports Scholar has benefitted me hugely this year, with the generous imbursements allowing me to access the equipment and supplements I need to perform”
BA Theology and Religion (2017-present)
Tom Abell has captained Somerset Cricket Club since 2017. He made his Championship debut in the match against Warwickshire at Taunton in August 2014 scoring 95, just five runs short of becoming the first player to score a century on their debut since 1935.
Somerset County Cricket Club
BSc Exercise & Sport Sciences with French (2012-2015)
Freya Davies was part of the England Cricket Board Academy while at Exeter, and following graduation was offered a full contract in the England squad. She has also represented Western Storm in the Kia Super League since the inaugural season and won the title with them in 2017. In 2018 Freya was named as Western Storm Bowler of the Year. At University level Freya was part of the University of Exeter women's 1st team who won 2 outdoor BUCS silver medals during her time at Exeter.
"I wanted to come to Exeter because it was a great course, I liked the city and felt like I fitted in on campus straight away. Also the cricket programme was one of the best around and I had a really great time there."
LLB Law (2014-2017)
Amara has been involved with Western Storm since the inception of the Kia Super League – having been a regular contributor for Devon’s Women since a young age. She has also gone on to represent Middlesex CCC in T20 cricket. During this time Amara has been involved with the England Academy as well.
Amara was an integral part in the development of the Womens Club here at the University. Including winning BUCS Indoor Gold and 3 outdoor Silver Medals.
BSc Exercise & Sport Sciences (2012-2015)
Aylish has represented Hampshire, Devon and Surrey in Women’s County Cricket, and was also a member of last year’s Surrey Stars team that won the Kia Super League. Her time at the University culminated in her scoring back to back 100s to get the Women to another BUCS final.
Aylish was an integral part in the development of the Womens Club here at the University. Including winning BUCS Indoor Gold and 3 outdoor Silver Medals.
BSc Exercise & Sport Sciences (2013-2016)
1st XI Captain for 2 years. Ollie played an instrumental part in promotion to the National League in 2016 and scored vital runs in numerous league games. He and a not out innings in the Promotion Playoff to almost singlehandedly win the playoff.
Ollie has represented Hampshire 2nd XI and currently plays his cricket for Weybridge Cricket Club in the Surrey Championship.
BA International Relations (2013-2016)
Ben plays his club cricket at Bath CC and has been a part of the Somerset CCC Academy. Ben is a very talented top order batter and proficient wicket keeper and plays a key role in the EUMCC high performance program.
Ben scored 606 runs at an average of 43.29 for us in our 2019 title winning season. Ben is also currently a part of the Somerset 2nd XI team.
BSc Physics (2018-present)
George is a very talented fast bowler, currently part of the Surrey CCC 2nd XI. George took 27 wickets for EUMCC 1st XI in 2019 and will continue to create problems for batter in the National league in 2020. He is also more than useful with the bat in hand.
BA Archaeology with Employment Experience (2018-present)