Schools Many Happy Returns
Manly Daily article 5 January, 2012 by John Geddes.
TimDavid Ford doesn't measure the success of the Manly Warringah Cricket Coaching School by how many representative players or grade cricketers have passed through its doors over the year.

As MWCCS prepares to celebrate its 20th Anniversary, co-founder Ford instead derives great pleasure from seeing the same faces return to the clinic year after year. 

"We've had kids come back for 16 consectrive clinics and that, more than anything, tells me we have been doing alot of things right," Ford said.
"To see a kid come to us as a teary 5 year old and leave as a confident teenager with good cricket skills is very satisfying".


 Manly Warringah Cricket Coaching
            The former first-grade cricketer and first-grade rugby union player started MWCCS with ex-Sheffield Shield 
 School's David Ford (blue shirt) and               skipper Shawn Bradsteet and coaching guru David Patterson 20 years ago and remains the driving force.
 former pupil, now Sydney Thunder     
 big bash player Tim Cruickshank
 (green shirt) at Grahams Reserve,               The clinics to be held at St Ives, Manly and Gosford over the next three weeks cater for all levels from
 Balgowlah.                                                           beginner to representative level. They are for both boys and girls.
 Photo Simon Cocksedge. 
                                                            Part of the proceeds of each clinic go back into the development of Manly's next crop of young players.

Manly, NSW and Sydney Thunder batsman Tim Cruickshank, and Tasmanian and Melbourne Stars paceman Jackson Bird are two of the biggest names to "graduate" from MWCCS, whilst a host of grade cricketers have benefited from the expert coaching.

Some of these players are now doing the coaching.

"The success is due to the commitment of the coaches and their ability and willingness to get to know their players and impart a well qualified level of knowledge," Ford said.

"They also do it in a fun and exciting way that keeps kids coming back time and time again. Alex Klaric and Nick Burrows (who attended 16 consecutive clinics) are testament to this."

Cruikshank was 9 when he arrived at the first ever clinic in 1992.

"I remember being really excited and counting the minutes until I could get back there the next day," he said.

Fordy is such a good coach and has a great way with kids. I am not surprised it has gone from strength to strength over the 20 years."


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