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Cricket in the UAE is set to get a major boost at grassroots

Dubai, UAE – August 14, 2017 – GenNext Kings’ Cricket Academy and Kings’ Schools have partnered to provide an unparalleled coaching program designed by Ravichandran Ashwin from his cricketing experiences at the most elite level against the world’s best.

Ravichandran Ashwin is the brand ambassador and chief mentor for the GenNext Kings’ Cricket Academy and will be personally involved in imparting his expertise to budding cricketers several times a year at Kings’ Schools. Ashwin stated “I am extremely delighted with the launch of GenNext Kings’ Academy in Dubai. This partnership is definitely going to contribute to continuous improvement in coaching techniques with a flavour of innovation and drive to excel. Further this would open the door for the budding youngsters to be inspired by the current playing cricketers apart from learning the tricks of the trade and lessons the hard way.”

GenNext Kings’ Cricket Academy will provide players of all ages and skill levels an opportunity to experience world class coaching in a state of the art environment. This will set an unprecedented benchmark for cricket academies in the UAE. The primary aim is to cultivate and sustain the love for cricket in young people, encouraging students to explore their natural abilities under the guidance of the coaches.  More importantly the goal is to instill the self-confidence required to succeed in both cricket and life.

Kobus Olivier, Director of Cricket at Kings’ commented “The partnership between Kings’ and Ashwin’s GenNext coaches is a special one.  It not only brings together the leaders in their respective fields, but is a marriage of aspirations.  Kings’ is about producing balanced, talented, well-rounded and disciplined students.  Ashwin is fully invested in coaching and making an impact on every child, as a father himself, he has a special connection with children.”

Kings’ continue to grow their cricket capabilities under the guidance of Olivier, welcoming of a number of high-performance cricket scholars who have access to world class coaching and facilities. Olivier adds “As Director of Cricket at Kings’ this academy offers me the opportunity to put a sustainable coaching program in place, where we can offer students the opportunity to develop their cricketing skills under the guidance of internationally qualified coaches as part of the school cricket programme, as well as the academy programme. This will ensure that the student get the best possible coaching experience during their time at Kings.”

Kings’ continues to be one of the leading educational brands in the UAE.  As well as benefiting from incredible cricket coaching, students who choose to study at Kings’ have direct access to the outstanding education and levels of pastoral care offered.

State of the art infrastructure and technology

The facilities available to students is bracketed a luxury by many but the GenNext Kings’ Academy team considers it a necessity for the development of the players. These include 4 Indoor Cricket Nets, 6 outdoor astro-turf nets, video analysis technology with high speed cameras, professional bowling machine, audio/visual lecture room, fully equipped gymnasium and changing rooms, along with a clinic staffed by qualified medical professionals. Phase 2 will feature a full size turf pitch cricket oval and multiple turf pitch cricket nets with floodlights.

Highest level of qualified coaches

Level 3 South African Coach Kobus Olivier was appointed by Ashwin to head up the Academy. Olivier has a rich cricketing background where he has played professional cricket for 16 years in England and has been a coach at top levels for over 20 years which includes National Youth Team Coach for Holland, CEO of Cricket Kenya and Director of Cricket at Cape Town University which has produced players of the quality like Graeme Smith, Gary Kirsten, Eric Symonds, Ryan Tendochate and Brian Murphy amongst others.  He will be joined by a number of top name coaches who have now been appointed. 

Alan Williamson, Director of Education at Kings’ School’s commented “Kings’ are delighted to enter into a partnership with quite simply one of the best cricketers in modern times. We are massively ambitious in terms of our aims for developing cricket in Kings’ and at school level in Dubai.”

Akshay Khanna, Head of Business Development for Kings’ Schools added “We are delighted to offer budding cricketers, both Kings’ students and beyond, the opportunity to make greater use of our outstanding coaching team, facilities and access to what is pegged to be the top cricketing academy in the UAE.”  Khanna was instrumental in forging this unique partnership.

About Gen-Next Kings’ Cricket Academy

Gen-Next Cricket Academy is a professional cricket coaching center, founded in Chennai, India with Ravichandran Ashwin as its chief mentor and brand ambassador. Gen-Next Cricket Academy daily operation run by Mr. Ravichandran, Ashwin’s father is a global brand through its partnership with Kings’ School in Dubai. Through the coaching curriculum designed by R. Ashwin himself, we aim to provide a pathway to excellence to trainees in return for the trust laid in our highly qualified coaching staff by the parents.

More information contact: cricket@Kingsalbarsha.com 

About Kings’ Education

Founded in 2004 to meet the needs of local and international families, Kings’ Education is a prestigious group of schools following British curriculum, which has built a reputation of offering children, parents and teachers a sense of belonging amongst a warm and friendly community. It operates as one family across three schools in the UAE – Kings’ Dubai, Kings’ Al Barsha and Kings’ Nad Al Sheba.

Kings’ Education is committed to being a leader in first class education and aims to deliver the best by every child and help them their full potential through learning in and beyond the classroom. Kings’ Education’s core focus is creating an environment where all students feel safe and comfortable with a sense of belonging.

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