Move4 Support Greene King T20 Pro-Am Cricketers
Over the previous 2 months, Move4 Physio have been involved in the first event of it’s kind, the Greene King IPA T20 Pro-Am. Over 150 amateur cricketers from around the country registered for the competition, providing the opportunity to experience a T20 finals day and the build up to it, like the professional county cricketers do year after year. The 4 teams competing in the Pro-am were picked by their respective owners in early July using a draft system. Travis Perkins, Greene King, Royal Bank of Canada and Kerry London all had representatives sat on their table to help them pick their teams. The professional advisors such as Darren Gough, Monty Panesar, Alex Wakely and Devon Malcolm provided the team owners the insight needed to pick their teams, and the competition for picks was fierce.
Travis Bearkins staying on top of his/her hip mobility
Once the teams were picked, the training began. In the interim between the draft night and finals day there were 4 boot camps for the players to be put through their paces. Move4 were in attendance at all of these sessions to help address any injuries or niggles, offering advice and treatment throughout, making sure that nothing could stand in the way of the players and a big day at The Northamptonshire County Ground. Even the coaches wanted to make sure they were in top physical condition, with Darren Gough taking us up on our offer!
Darren Gough gets a well earned massage
The idea behind this event, to give amateur cricketers a taste of professional sport is central to the Move4 philosophy. With all aspects of our treatment, rehabilitation and management, we use our extensive experience within professional sport, to give our clients a unique approach to physiotherapy and performance enhancement. This approach was used in all facets of the T20 Pro-am, highlighting why it is such a great idea, and one which will in our opinion grow year after year.
When finals day arrived, everyone was in attendance for the briefing by organiser Ricky Ricketts and Steve Crook (Northamptonshire CCC). The prospect of facing the likes of Ashes hero Simon Jones or bowling at Alex Wakely meant there was a lot of nervous energy flying around the room, so when the first game got underway there was a big sense of relief for all involved. The 2 semi finals were won by Royal Bank of Canada and Travis Perkins, after superb performances by Tom Sole scoring a hundred, and the entire Travis Perkins bowling attack, leading the way for their teams.
Lee and Matt on hand to give advice
In and around the games, the Move4 team were kept busy (mostly by the pro’s and legends it must be said), treating the various injuries carried into or picked up during the day. In professional sport it is easy to take for granted the support systems that are in place. Whether coaching, strength and conditioning, nutrition or physiotherapy, there is a huge resource to be tapped into by the players. This is something that’s just not available to the guys playing just underneath this level, despite the amount of time and effort they invest in the sport. Being able to support players who love the game and are committed to being as good as they can be is a privilege and the Move4 team took great pride in being able to offer this service throughout the Green King IPA T20 Pro-am.
T20 Pro-Am Victors Travis Perkins Trailblazers
Although the final was reduced in terms of overs due to rain, there was still time for fireworks. Rob Newton scoring a century off 30 balls for Travis Perkins did the damage and made the total required by Royal Bank of Canada out of reach. The Travis Perkins Trailblazers were worthy winners on the day, and all the effort they had put in beforehand really paid off. Celebrated with the customary champagne shower, it was obvious to see how much the day meant to all involved.
Kiera taking the spoils on the day!
Hearing Rob Newton and Alex Wakely talk in the post-match interviews really showed the high value that professional players put on amateur cricket, although it may not always seem this way. There can be big divides between professional clubs and the amateur leagues that surround them, this is the case all over the country. The T20 Pro-am pretty much encapsulates how much there is to be gained by linking the two up, it embraced the amateur game and gave talented cricketers and opportunity to prepare, train and compete like the professionals. This approach applies to all sports, and hopefully ideas such as this will cross codes and be seen in other settings. Just imagine giving amateur footballers the chance to run out at Old Trafford with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, that’s what this equates to.
The Greene King IPA T20 Pro-am was a complete success in it’s first year, hopefully next year it will reach more counties around the country and even more cricketers. Like I said earlier, it was a privilege for Move4 Physio to be involved and we look forward to continuing to support local cricketer’s and sportsmen and women who want to make the most of their potential and ability.
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The Move4 Team