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Massey University’s Leading Edge Cricket Development Programme is a short course that provides you with the opportunity to experience what New Zealand has to offer by way of high performance cricket training, education and culture. Leading Edge will provide cricket-minded students with a once in a lifetime, unique learning experience you will never forget.
Jacob Oram will be your head coach and will train with you to develop your cricket and fitness skills to enhance your overall performance. As well as learning valuable cricket skills, you will also learn about sports-related subjects offered at Massey University by our award–winning academic staff.
Complementing the education and cricket components of Leading Edge, various cultural and sightseeing activities will round out the 2-week programme and give you a real taste of what New Zealand has to offer.
"I have no doubt that by the end of the programme you will have learnt an enormous amount about cricket, sports-related subjects and New Zealand itself. I guarantee that you will love your time here and that you will leave New Zealand with a feeling of satisfaction and achievement.”
- Jacob Oram, Leading Edge head coach
Leading Edge provides an amazing cricket development opportunity for cricket-minded students. While participating in the cricket development programme, you will have the opportunity to train in world class facilities such as the NZCT Cricket Centre (the world’s first indoor, natural grass, cricket-specific facility), and be coached by high profile coaches and players, and learn from former international cricket players.
Coaching and development will cover every skill required for cricket success: batting, bowling, fielding and wicket keeping. Cricket specific knowledge such as tactics, individual game-plans, field placements and captaincy decisions will also be advanced. Cricket matches will be played against local representative sides or school teams where possible.
To further your general knowledge and skills in the area of Sports Science and Management, our qualified sports professionals and award-winning academic staff from the Sports Management faculty teach classes on topics of interest to aspiring athletes. The subjects that you will see covered in the Leading Edge Programme include:
Massey University has a long and proud tradition of academic and research excellence and has played a defining role in the development of New Zealand. We foster positive change, taking the best of our nation’s creativity and innovation around the world. Massey is increasingly becoming New Zealand’s predominant sporting university, and the first choice for emerging and elite athletes.
We have award-winning teachers, well-connected lecturers and world-renowned researchers to help you succeed. Our students enjoy a personalised approach to learning within applied learning environments where theory and practice meet. You can be confident your learning will be up to the latest international standards and we will help you get the skills and confidence you need to take your place in the world and make a difference.
Massey's Centre for Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE) has earned an excellent reputation over 25 successful years of coordinating innovative and customised programmes. PaCE's bespoke short courses deliver intensive professional development and/or language training to international and domestic partner universities, governments and professional organisations. Our programmes are tailored to the needs of each group, and are supported by a full range of support services, therefore ensuring a memorable total learning experience for all participants whilst in New Zealand.
The Leading Edge Development Programme is not just cricket coaching and sports management classes.
The programme also incorporates wonderful cultural and tourist activities unique to New Zealand. On a daytrip to Wellington, voted the coolest little capital in the world, we will show you around one of new Zealand’s major cities, with visits to landmarks like New Zealand’s parliament building, the Beehive, Old Saint Paul’s Church, Te Papa, New Zealand’s national museum and the home of New Zealand Cricket, the Basin Reserve. There is also free time for shopping or further exploration if you wish.
At Whare Manaaki you will be introduced to Maori culture and we will pop over to Foxton beach for an afternoon and icecream. The Te Apiti Bush Walk will take you through unique and rugged native forest, and you will have a chance to see native kiwis at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre.
You will stay with carefully selected host families with a keen interest in cricket. Massey University endeavours to match your preferences as closely as possible. Homestay families are representative of the rich and varied make up of modern New Zealand. Families come from all walks of life and experience, reflecting New Zealand’s cultural diversity.
Our hosts live in town or in the nearby suburbs within easy travelling distance from the campus. You will also be provided with a bus pass which entitles you to unlimited travel within Palmerston North. Our homestay advisors are always available to help and give advice to students and their host families.
Personal information must be provided early to ensure the best possible match with suitable hosts. The accuracy and detail of the information provided on the enrolment form, in particular with respect to any special needs (food, allergies, health…) is key to a successful homestay placement. Participant details would be required at least two months before the course begins.
The pastoral care of participants is very important to Massey University. While participating in a Massey University programme you will have access to a 24-hour support team which includes a Student Welfare Advisor and a First Language Adviser. You will also attend a comprehensive Orientation to Massey University and to Palmerston North.
Manawatu Cricket Association (MCA)
Widely regarded as one of the best provincial cricket associations in New Zealand, the Manawatu Cricket Association has a proud reputation for delivering excellent development programmes, producing quality cricketers, and nurturing the game locally. Cricket is strong in the Manawatu and the new NZCT Cricket Centre, a fully covered grass practice facility and the first of its kind in the world, is testament to that. The NZCT Cricket Centre has played host to numerous local, regional and national representative teams such as the Central Stags, Wellington Firebirds and the NZ White Ferns.
Palmerston North Boys High School (PNBHS)
The largest school in the Manawatu and the only all-boys school in Palmerston North, Palmerston North Boys High School is Manawatu’s main source of cricketers at club and representative level. PNBHS has a strong status as a national cricketing school, having won the Gillette Cup three times and producing a number of past and present Black Caps; including Jacob Oram, Ross Taylor, Adam Milne, Mathew Sinclair and Jamie How to name a few.
Sport and Rugby Institute (SRI)
The Sport & Rugby Institute is a world class, award-winning high performance sports facility on the Massey University campus, offering endless opportunities for sports teams, training camps and elite athletes. Equipped with the facilities and expertise to support all sporting codes and skill levels, the SRI can meet all your training and development needs
New Zealand – Aotearoa – is a modern, technologically advanced, globally competitive nation offering internationally recognised university education within a unique cultural and natural environment.
We have a high standard of living that is consistently ranked highly in international quality of life indexes. Our society is diverse, sophisticated and multicultural, and the honesty, friendliness and openness of New Zealanders, or "Kiwis", is world-renowned.
Palmerston North, in the Manawatū region, is the seventh largest city in New Zealand yet it is compact, friendly and accessible. It is a young person's city with a third of its population aged 15 to 30 years old. It offers affordable accommodation, plentiful cafés and restaurants, a multiplex cinema, live theatre and music, indoor/outdoor swimming pools, shopping, an airport and much more.