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NFBA – National Fast Bowling Academy


The NFBA starts October 2019. It is based at Herts & Essex Cricket Centre, near Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire.

The Main Academy takes place on the following FULL training dates:
Saturday 19th October, 2019
Saturday 16th November, 2019
Wednesday 18th December, 2019
Thursday 19th December, 2019
Friday 20th December, 2019
Saturday 21st December, 2019
Saturday 18th January, 2020
Saturday 1st February, 2020
Saturday 21st March, 2020
Saturday 18th April, 2020
The Development Academy takes place on the following FULL training dates:
Sunday 20th October, 2019
Sunday 17th November, 2019
Sunday 22nd December, 2019
Sunday 19th January, 2020
Sunday 2nd February, 2020
Sunday 22nd March, 2020
Wednesday 15th April, 2020
Thursday 16th April, 2020
Friday 17th April, 2020

We are now looking for talent to join us.

But this is no ordinary programme. The fast bowling programme is developed and managed by a team of expert coaches, former & current professionals and highly specialised trainers. The combination of expert staff and world-class facilities results in a cricket academy programme unmatched by any other. The Academy takes you on a personal journey of technical & tactical expertise alongside strong sports psychology mentoring plus fitness programme. We work with a speed gun to monitor and measure your progression. Your development is analysed every step of the way. Our aim is to get the very best out of you.

This is a world-class fast bowling academy where we get incredible results. 

We want to very best talent to develop. So you need to make a commitment. That commitment is you want to be the best you can be.

Ashley Giles, MD of the ECB, visits NFBA in April 2019

Chosen attendees enjoy a full training clothing package supplied by NFBA. The academy takes place over series of Sunday camps spread across the Winter. There’s a mid-week pre-Christmas get-together. There is a week’s pre-Season Training Camp near Easter and a double-day Summer camp finale round up. In between these camps you get access to the coaching staff through emails, Skype, specialised podcasts and ongoing interaction via a closed FaceBook Group for attendees. So your education & development is a complete 12 months. ONLY join us if you are prepared to dedicate 12 months. You will need to be able to travel to HERTFORDSHIRE for the NFBA physical coaching dates above.

Our reputation is exceptional and we need to produce exceptional talent. We recommend players to T20 franchises, first class teams and create opportunities at all levels across white ball and red ball cricket.

But first you have to be selected. If you want to have the opportunity to be part of the NFBA ask us for more details.

The NFBA is £2500.  But, we have trials for part & full scholarships available meaning we have very limited places FREE for selected candidates.


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ABSAT Coaching Qualification

ABSAT Certification in Fast Bowling Coaching BOOKING NOW

ABSAT (Applied Biomechanics Speed & Accuracy Technique) Coach Education courses are once more available for all coaches who want to improve their coaching skills. ABSAT coaching methodology is currently used to coach juniors, seniors, first-class and International players around the world. And now, for the first time, these courses are available in India.

Ian Pont, M.Ab & Catherine Dalton, M.Ab are visiting India in September 2019 for two ABSAT courses; in Bangalore and Hyderabad (details below). The coach education course is a fully-interactive 5 days and culminates with a written, interactive paper on the final day. Ian was National Skill Sets Coach for the ECB at Loughborough and Ian & Cath are the current lead coaches at The National Fast Bowling Academy in the UK. They are Master ABSAT (M.Ab) coaches & tutors.

Attendees who successfully pass the course will receive an accreditation certificate and be allowed to use the term ‘ABSAT Coach’.

This course is open to all coaches. It is an open-access, non-restrictive course where you do not need ICC, BCCI, CA, ECB or any other qualification before you attend. ABSAT accreditation works alongside your existing coaching skills and is written to compliment your knowledge.

This is a fantastic opportunity to add an extra set of tools to your coaching toolbox plus gain a unique qualification as a specialist in fast bowling coaching.

Over the 5 days you will:

  • Learn how to use video assessment correctly
  • Find out what key indicator points to look for in a bowling action
  • Discover where pace comes from and how to coach it
  • Work with the drills that improve speed and accuracy in a bowler
  • Become a specialist in developing fast bowling talent
  • Understand the differences in types of bowler – and what works for each one
  • Know the technical and tactical inputs to increase the skill of a bowler
  • Coach alongside both Ian Pont & Catherine Dalton who will personally help you
  • Assess the actions of great fast bowlers
  • Interpret how to detect faults and correct them

Plus much, much more. Your week includes learning all about:

  • The 4 Tent Pegs
  • Pre-Turn
  • Drop Step
  • Front Foot Block
  • RSSSA (Range, Speed, Sequence, Separation, Alignment)
  • Hang Time
  • Shoulder Hip Separation
  • Front Arm Pull
  • Stretch Reflex
  • Hip Rotation
  • Chest Drive
  • Shoulder Rotation
  • Action Completion
  • Knuckle Ball/Butterfly Ball
  • Variations
  • Yorkers
  • Bouncers
  • Swing
  • Seam
  • Scrambled/Wobble Seam

…in addition to all the drills that go with those!

The cost, which you pay in your own local currency, is just £397. However, we have limited places available for the early bookers, for only £347. That’s a £50 instant saving. But bookings are extremely limited. Full details below for you to sign up and take your place or right now. Click on the course you want and it will take you to the booking. Once you have paid, this secures your place on the course. This is the only way you can secure your place.

Once you have successfully booked, we will send you a form to complete as well as further details on the course. We can also advise you on board & lodgings if required. It’s an exciting course that cannot be missed! Join us now.


BANGALORE Course 1, Wednesday 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th & 8th September, 2019: Brigade Orchards Sports Arena, Brigade Orchards, Spinal Rd, Devanahalli, Boodihal, Karnataka 562110, India

HYDERABAD Course 2, Wednesday 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th & 15th September, 2019: NexGen Cricket & Fitness,  Kistamma Enclave, Alwal, Secunderabad, Hyderabad, Telangana 500015, India

PLEASE NOTE: Once the places are filled, we will not be taking any more attendees.
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TRIALS – National Fast Bowling Academy


Welcome to the trial page for the National Fast Bowling Academy, launching in October 2018 at Herts & Essex Cricket Centre in Hertfordshire. (To read more about the NFBA click here)

Last year’s trials were packed out and we anticipate and even BIGGER response this year.

Below you will soon find 7 venues and dates for the NFBA trials. The Academy is open age, male & female and open standard. There are no limits on age. That’s because we are looking for fast bowlers to showcase their talent and potential. Potential is important.  We have limited scholarships that can be offered to the best prospects, talent & potential, we discover. We have part and full scholarships available.  We also want to find hidden gems, undiscovered talent and genuine future prospects. If you think you have something to offer, get to a venue listed below.

You will be invited to bowl for around an hour, to give you the BEST chance of proving yourself. In that time, the coaches will come and chat to you as well as observe and give you some tips. The trials are being run by International coaches Ian Pont & Catherine Dalton. You will have a speed check, too. Every bowler will be assessed. You will get every chance to be seen and display what you’ve got. It’s a very hands-on trial you don’t want to miss!

When the venues and dates are confirmed, simply click on the venue you prefer below and complete your details. Once you have booked your place, we will send you a registration form to complete and your hour’s time to attend.

You really do need to book early and 100s missed out last year..

We look forward to seeing you.

Please book ANY venue you wish to attend. We have suggested venues dependent upon your location. But choose the one you want.


If you have any queries email us