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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)

Below you will find 6 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!

Simply click on the venue you prefer below and complete your details. When you have booked your place, we will send you a registration form to complete and a time to attend.

We are anticipating large numbers, so please book early.

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

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NFBA – National Fast Bowling Academy


Breaking news.

UPF cricket has designed and launched a National Fast Bowling Academy for the UK – the NFBA.

The NFBA starts this WINTER 2018. It will be based at Herts & Essex Cricket Centre, near Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire (images below).

Alistair Cook trains at HECC during last winter

The Academy takes place on the following FULL training dates:

Sunday, October 21st, 2018
Sunday, November 18th, 2018
Sunday, December 16th, 2018
Wednesday, December 19th, 2018
Thursday, December 20th, 2018
Friday, December 21st, 2018
Sunday, January 20th, 2019
Sunday, February 17th, 2019
Sunday, March 17th, 2019
Monday, April 8th, 2019
Tuesday, April 9th, 2019
Wednesday, April 10th, 2019
Thursday, April 11th, 2019
Friday, April 12th, 2019
Thursday, August 1st, 2019
Friday, August 2nd, 2019

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 a specially-designed 24-week fitness programme. We work with a locked off 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.

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.