Rob Chave, SLC’s Manager of Physical Performance who is operating from the High Performance Center in Kettarama says in order to realize the objective, SLC is currently working towards encouraging the Premier and Emerging Cricket Clubs in the country to adopt a squad and individual player focused fitness and nutrition regimes.
“This kind of a system will help to build a player with the right endurance, strength and body composition, which in-turn will contribute to a player improving their onfield performance markers of speed and agility,’’ said Chave.
As a part of the process, Sri Lanka Cricket recently conducted a workshop to educate the Coaches of the Premier and Emerging Clubs to educate them on how to go about the task. 30 coaches, representing 14 Premier and 09 Emerging Clubs took part in the programme.
During the workshop, Rob Chave, who has worked with tennis players in the South of Spain and also Sussex CCC’s 1st team squad and academy squads before moving to Sri Lanka explained the path that clubs should take to produce more robust, athletic and consistent cricketers, and also explained on how to provide a physical fitness pathway to both individual player and team as a whole.
He elaborated on the nutrition requirement for athletes and how the Sri Lankan diet can be manipulated to suit the needs of a player, by balancing the composition and portioning of the required nutrients; carbohydrate, protein and vegetables.
The workshop was conducted under the auspices of the SLC’s Coach Education unit, headed by Heshan De Mel, Chamila Gamage and Janaka Deegodagamage and was supported by Mr. Simon Willis, the Head of SLC’s High Performance Centre.