In our latest blog we hold a Q+A with Rupes Kitzinger, General Manager – UK Sport and Activity Programmes at Activate Sport. Activate run sports camps for kids including the famous “Andrew Flintoff Cricket Academy” and use the Crazy Catch extensively … Here’s how
Rupes, How did you first come across the Crazy Catch at the AFCA?? We’ve used the Crazy Catch from Day One of the Academy back in 2008. I came across it while coaching in New Zealand in 2002 and knew it was a must-have for a coach’s kitbag from then so it was always going to be part of AFCA!
How do you use the product in your camps at the moment? And what do the kids make of it? We use it in a multitude of ways for games and drills – so much so we even have a DVD with them on! We always have a One minute Challenge in which all players on every Academy take part in and the kids love it!
As a cricket coach, what would you say were the biggest benefits to a young cricketer’s game of using the Crazy Catch? The best thing for me is the fact that anyone can use it and be challenged to whatever level by using different balls, standing closer etc. It is so much fun I have seen kids who don’t even like sport play with it all afternoon and love it. Seeing player’s skills and coordination develop as quickly as it does using the Crazy Catch is a real thrill for any coach.
What role does Freddie play in the academy and what does he make to the Crazy Catch? Fred helps to design the course, visits as many Academies as he can and wants to see as many kids playing and enjoying cricket as he can. He also loves the Crazy Catch and he takes on the One Minute Challenge winner from the Academy every time he visits. He is still quite competitive but I won’t say who normally wins!
Crazy Catch have a new handheld Freestyle which has just been launched- can you see that being a popular coaching aid? Without doubt! The great things with all the innovations in the game is the way it challenges players while making life easier for the coach to use. There are so many ways the freestyle can be used… it is bound to be a hit!
And finally what’s your best ever score on the 1 minute challenge? Wow – too many to mention…I lost count after about 45…
For more information about the ACFA visit the website http://www.andrewflintoffcricketacademy.co.uk or take a look at the video below showing the Crazy Catch in action with the AFCA