Saturday 24th February 2018
The countdown to summer is underway at Fleetwood Cricket Club as senior and under 18 players gathered on Saturday for their ongoing pre-season preparations.
Head coach Liam Castellas held his fourth coaching session at Cardinal Allen Catholic High School and started proceedings with an emphasis on personal responsibilities and standards.
The talk is part of an overall plan formulated by the Broadwaters committee, in conjunction with the Australian, to progress the club towards future success and demonstrate clear improvement
“Our main focus is to build an environment where each player can bring the best out of their own game. We have a sharp focus on working on personal development with players using personal training plans and other tools to work on in their own time. At this stage, players need to arrive at training sessions both physically and mentally prepared. This will then become second nature and continue through to match days,” explained the 31-year-old former club professional.
“I encourage the players to stretch themselves and show a willingness to risk mistakes in training as this approach provides some good lessons to learn and further goal-setting” added the Lancashire Women’s 2nd XI head coach.
Pre-season preparations started before the winter nets when Castellas invited players to assess their current position.
“We’ve held several meetings to canvas where we are at as a squad and provide the players an opportunity to give their own view of where we stand. Input from the group provides free opinions to be aired and that provides me a good baseline to plan our move to the next level.”
Joining the senior squad for training were under 18 players and both groups will work closely together throughout the year.
“Youth development is one key focus for the club. When I first arrived, the committee stressed the importance of this aspect of club life and it’s certainly something I endorse. We have a thriving junior and 16-18 setup with a strong willingness to learn and improve. The club is keen to maintain a pathway to the first team for our older juniors and we will no doubt see that happen again this season.”
Apart from the playing side, the head coach is keen to contribute to the growing social success of the club.
“Everything we do in pre-season is geared towards giving our supporters the opportunity to watch good cricket and make Broadwaters the place to be on a Saturday afternoon during the summer.
“Besides our league games, supporters can look forward to exciting T20 matches and All Stars Cricket for our youngest players.
“The club already has a thriving social setup and we are adding more attractions all the time.
“The club’s leadership anticipate a successful season and, as coach, I find Fleetwood a really good place to enjoy my cricket.”