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Scotch College is the new home of the Darren Lehmann Cricket Academy

Written on the 17 December 2014

Scotch College is the new home of the Darren Lehmann Cricket Academy.

The academy, which trains the best young cricketers from around the world, has moved to the Torrens Park school and is sharing its ovals, a pool, weights and pilates rooms and a recovery centre.

Scotch director of cricket David Scholz said having the academy based at the school was a huge coup which he hoped would boost the students' interest in cricket.

"The cricketers are really good role models for our guys," Mr Scholz said.

"They train before us and during lunch time so our students see them in action and see what it is like to train at that high level."

The academy, launched in 2005 by current national team coach Darren Lehmann, provides tailored coaching to emerging players from established and developing cricketing nations. Mr Scholz expected the partnership, launched last week, to boost the number of students in the school's cricket program.

"Having the academy involved with the school will help us increase the profile of the sport and hopefully help us to attract more good players," he said.

Mr Scholz said players from the academy would help coach the college's cricketers.

"Being able to train with them and bowl to them will be very useful to us," he said.

He said the academy's agreement with the college would be reviewed after one year, but he was hopeful it would turn into a long-term partnership. Academy chairman Alex Cook said Scotch offered quality sporting facilities in one location.

"We now have an elite program with the matching facilities," Mr Cook said.

He said players in the academy, which was based in the west parklands and at Thebarton, would stay at the college's boarding house when school was not on.

During the school term the cricketers would stay in the city, he said. He would not disclose costs of the Scotch grounds.

Original Article by David Penrose.

Top Photo: Scotch cricket captain Eddie Steele, Australian coach Darren Lehmann and the academy's Nick Barden. Picture: MARK BRAKE


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