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Title: Netting at Reeds School
Post by: Buzz on October 25, 2017, 05:29:50 PM
So a big public school near where I live has opened an amazing state if the art cricket school.

So I manfully took up the challenge of trying it out for the forum.

To help I took my 7 year old son...

There are a few pictures but without photobucket I am failing!

First net https://imgur.com/gallery/VSlb1
https://imgur.com/gallery/qw5D0

More later...
Title: Re: Netting at Reeds School
Post by: Mpt7 on October 25, 2017, 05:39:08 PM
Is this the one in Surrey?
Title: Re: Netting at Reeds School
Post by: Buzz on October 25, 2017, 06:06:54 PM
Right, so it is half term and there is no one using the new indoor school at the moment, so I took the opportunity to try out the facilities.

More details here:
http://www.reeds.surrey.sch.uk/cricketcentre (http://www.reeds.surrey.sch.uk/cricketcentre)

At the school there is pitch vision, a Merlin machine and multiple other bowling machines as well as all the other facilities you would need at an indoor school.

We had a really good session with a coach who helped me and my son.
I worked on front foot, spin and the hook shot in a session that lasted over an hour and a half.

My son just tried to go after Merlin. It was a comical sight!

Reasonable to say I took a few hits to the body and one to the lid against the quick stuff and Merlin made me look a beginner at the start with ripping leg breaks...

Still it was great to get some pointers from a young coach who has just started out who has, I believe, absolutely the right philosophy about batting technique.

Sadly there are no videos of me this time, but I hope to go again next week and will see what I can do.
Title: Re: Netting at Reeds School
Post by: DorsetDan on October 25, 2017, 08:13:37 PM
Looks amazing and great facility for anywhere, let alone a school! I really do like the playing surface they went for as opposed to the skiddy smooth ones you normally see. Anyone who can use those facilities on a regular basis is a lucky bunny!
Title: Re: Netting at Reeds School
Post by: Chalkie on October 25, 2017, 08:29:12 PM
Outstanding facility, apparently 5 nets with each one replicating the playing surface of a different iconic ground around the world.

Cost the school £2.3m to build, guess it isnít going to be cheap to hire a lane, but possible venue for next southern nets?
Title: Re: Netting at Reeds School
Post by: Northern monkey on October 26, 2017, 08:41:09 AM
That looks amazing
Well worth the outlay if it replicates a true cricket surface

Definitely up for a forum meet there if possible
Title: Re: Netting at Reeds School
Post by: Mpt7 on October 26, 2017, 09:21:12 AM
Looks quality! Iíd be keen
Title: Re: Netting at Reeds School
Post by: Sivlar13 on October 26, 2017, 09:23:24 AM
Letís sort one out before Christmas!!
Title: Re: Netting at Reeds School
Post by: felix on October 26, 2017, 11:01:09 AM
Outstanding facility, apparently 5 nets with each one replicating the playing surface of a different iconic ground around the world.

Cost the school £2.3m to build, guess it isnít going to be cheap to hire a lane, but possible venue for next southern nets?

Lane hire is only a tad more expensive than the oval, and easier to get to (for me anyway!) so seems like a great venue, if not for a full-blown southern net, a smaller get-together (1 or 2 nets for a couple of hours on a weekday evening anyone?) this side of Xmas.
Title: Re: Netting at Reeds School
Post by: chrisbd on October 26, 2017, 04:45:22 PM
Where can I find the prices for the nets hire? Might be being stupid but I couldn't see anywhere!

Cheers
Title: Re: Netting at Reeds School
Post by: felix on October 26, 2017, 05:57:23 PM
Where can I find the prices for the nets hire? Might be being stupid but I couldn't see anywhere!

Cheers

Can't paste the link now but there's a PDF flyer on the page about the cricket school
Title: Re: Netting at Reeds School
Post by: Woodyspin on October 26, 2017, 06:04:59 PM
I must be blind, i can find the PDF but not any prices
Title: Re: Netting at Reeds School
Post by: ppccopener on October 26, 2017, 06:30:11 PM
If I ever got a bat in my hand at this place it will be the poshest place I've ever hit a ball in my life!

Title: Re: Netting at Reeds School
Post by: felix on October 26, 2017, 06:46:47 PM
http://www.reeds.surrey.sch.uk/cricket-school (http://www.reeds.surrey.sch.uk/cricket-school)

The prices are right at the foot of the page
Title: Re: Netting at Reeds School
Post by: Davehugh on October 26, 2017, 07:41:05 PM
looks like a tough job but someones got to do it ;)
Title: Re: Netting at Reeds School
Post by: edge on October 31, 2017, 08:41:10 PM
[url]http://www.reeds.surrey.sch.uk/cricket-school[/url] ([url]http://www.reeds.surrey.sch.uk/cricket-school[/url])

The prices are right at the foot of the page

Hoooowmuuuch??!
Title: Re: Netting at Reeds School
Post by: Buzz on October 31, 2017, 09:23:45 PM
On the prices, the facility isn't really targeting on off nets they are looking for block bookings and there are significant discounts for regulars.
You also have to accept that it is in pretty much the most affluent part of the country.
Title: Re: Netting at Reeds School
Post by: Woodyspin on October 31, 2017, 09:33:20 PM
On the prices, the facility isn't really targeting on off nets they are looking for block bookings and there are significant discounts for regulars.
You also have to accept that it is in pretty much the most affluent part of the country.

Pitch vision price is fair and up there with lords.
Title: Re: Netting at Reeds School
Post by: Dooey__ on October 31, 2017, 11:12:12 PM
Would definitely be keen, looks amazing!
Title: Re: Netting at Reeds School
Post by: FattusCattus on November 01, 2017, 08:14:47 AM
In theory I shall be giving them a bit of a run out on Friday, at the invitation of the Stig and a couple of his friends.

I'll give you the viewpoint of a 'proppa' batsman after I have played and missed at a few!
Title: Re: Netting at Reeds School
Post by: Buzz on November 03, 2017, 12:11:02 PM
(http://i64.tinypic.com/abhzck.jpg)
Title: Re: Netting at Reeds School
Post by: FattusCattus on November 03, 2017, 12:46:25 PM
Heyyy! Check me out! Everythingís going in vaguely the right direction!!
Title: Re: Netting at Reeds School
Post by: Alvaro on November 03, 2017, 01:11:23 PM
Lovely looking stick.
Title: Re: Netting at Reeds School
Post by: Buzz on November 03, 2017, 01:18:11 PM
Really fun session this morning.
Fattus was working on head position and shape through the shot, while I was working on playing off the back foot from both slow and quick bowling.

Merlin is lots of fun to face and a real challenge.

I should say the two coaches are brilliant, Keith Medlycott is pretty well known but the number two Simon Sweeney is also brilliant.

Also I can get 25% off the prices from now until Christmas if people want a small meet.
Title: Re: Netting at Reeds School
Post by: golders on November 03, 2017, 01:20:53 PM
Looks a great set up- do they have the trueman machine?
Title: Re: Netting at Reeds School
Post by: FattusCattus on November 03, 2017, 04:18:52 PM
Great place - although with what they've spent on it, it should be!  Spacious, well-lit and it even smells new!

Coach Simon was excellent, kept things really simple (which normally is best for me!) and focused on small adjustments.

Merlin is a right larf! I had it set on some reasonably tweaky off-spinners on a bit of a tricky length, and soon worked out that I only had a couple of shot options. One was the doughty block, and the other was to skip down the track and batter him over the top, which I managed with mixed success - lets just say that long-on was kept fairly busy.

I put the sweep away after the first one I tried, I top-edged miles in the air and it came down and landed on top of my lid!

Such fun!

BOSH!
https://youtu.be/uZqwk81sC4I


BLOCKAGE!
https://youtu.be/FilOnqg8jvk

Title: Re: Netting at Reeds School
Post by: Buzz on November 03, 2017, 06:29:16 PM
The groans from Brucie on the Merlin were pretty funny from the adjacent net.
No TrueMan yet, although they are looking into it.

It was great to get some really high quality practicing in and to learn a bit.