The University of Exeter Cricket performance programme supports student-athletes to continue their development towards the elite game, with bespoke high-performance facilities. The programme supports up to seventeen men and women per programme. These athletes will be given access to all Performance Programme Services along with:
- 3x 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
- Mentoring for our aspiring student-coaches
HEAD OF CRICKET
Alex started as the Head of Cricket at the University in February 2022, following four years as a sports performance coach at King’s College, Taunton.
Alex is a member of the coaching group at Somerset County Cricket Club, coaching within the Academy and Senior playing environment.
Prior to starting his journey as a coach, Alex played for Somerset CCC for six years, representing the club in three formats. Following the end of his professional career as a player, he found an excitement and passion for coaching and developing sports players and people. Alex is an ECB level 3 coach, with experiences coaching in India, New Zealand and South Africa.
As the Head of Cricket, Alex designs and delivers the Men’s and Women’s High-Performance Programme at the University and supporting the delivery to the eight teams who form the University of Exeter Cricket Club.
The University of Exeter Sports Scholarships Scheme offers a comprehensive support services package including a programme of support and financial benefits for exceptionally talented student athletes. Scholarships and Bursaries are awarded annually to those who show evidence of competing at international and national level.
- Up to £3,000 financial support for sporting expenses
- A support services package worth up to £3,500 (including S&C, performance analysis, physiotherapy and athlete lifestyle support) as part of the performance programme
- A Sports Scholarships mentor from the performance programme Scholarship applications are open from 31st October – 31st May each year. Cricket scholarship applications will be considered for prospective students competing at international pathway level and bursaries for those selected into a Regional Development Centre or 1st/2nd Class Country cricket team.
Sir Christopher Ondaatje Devon Cricket Centre Opened in 2009 and offers players from the University and wider community an opportunity to improve their game. The indoor facility accommodates the Devon Cricket Board (DCB) and is used by EUCC, the Exeter College Academy, the DCB indoor cricket league and many other local clubs. It has:
- Four full length indoor nets (38 metres)
- 800 square metre indoor playing area n Video analysis
- Bowling machines
- 1,750 lux lighting
- High performance flooring system
Topsham Sports Ground Located just outside the picturesque village of Topsham is the University's High Performance playing area. The fantastic facility has benefitted from heavy investment in the quality of the playing surfaces and a full time dedicated grounds man who has been in place since 2010. Topsham is the University's premier ground, playing host to the 1st teams and elite competitions and has:
- Two cricket squares
- Outdoor cricket nets
- Two high quality performance grass football pitches
- Rugby pitch
- Lacrosse pitch
- Clubhouse with kitchen facilities
STUDYING AT EXETER
The University of Exeter is renowned for its academic excellence, establishing itself in the top 1% of Universities worldwide (The Times World University Rankings) and placing 19th in The Complete University Guide UK rankings.
The University has four, two in Cornwall with two in Exeter, closely located to the thriving commercial city centre and large St David’s train station. The University currently has around 23,000 students, of which almost 5,000 are international students. In total, the University hosts students from over 130 different countries making for a truly vibrant and inclusive academic community.
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. Tom also went onto win the Royal London One Day Cup with Somerset in 2019. Somerset County Cricket Club England Lions BSc Exercise and Sport Sciences with French (2012-2015)