About the Academy Program
At André Burger Cricket, we’ve structured our Academy Program to develop our players into well-rounded athletes. Our ‘whole person focus’ is what sets us apart.
Having played and coached at elite cricket levels for many years, we understand what young players need to take their cricket to the next level and provide a supportive and professional coaching environment in order to achieve this.
Positions within the Academy are strictly limited to preserve low coach to player ratios, so one-on-one time is maximised.
Through our Academy Program we:
- Develop a high performance level of cricket skills, that enables players to be as competitive as they can be.
- Introduce players to mental skills that prepare them for top level cricket and enable them to both exert and cope with pressure on and off the field.
- Provide young cricketers with the highest standard of specialist coaching tailored to their individual needs.
- Introduce players to recognised advanced training and conditioning techniques such as SAQ® (Speed Agility Quickness) International Training, repetition and mental toughness training to develop all ’round athletic skills.
- Take a personal approach, setting individual performance and development plans, then monitoring and adjusting these as needed during the program.
For a complete breakdown of the program please contact André Burger on +61 414 686 416
Who should attend?
Aspiring young players 10 years and older who want to take their game to another level. It’s ideal for those wishing to accelerate their cricket development and become well-rounded athletes, equipped to handle what the game, and life, throw at them.
We run two programs, a senior program for 14 to 18-year-olds and a junior program tailored specifically for boys aged 9 to 13 years.
- Pre-intake meeting
- Full physio assessment
- Personal strength and conditioning program
- 90 sessions over 45 weeks from expert coaches and presenters using state-of-the-art facilities:
- 15 week strength and conditioning phase with Antonio McCray
- 30 week technical and tactical phase with specialist coaches André Burger, Peter Drinnen and Joe Dawes
- 4 to 6 weeks of life skills coaching with Michael Jeh
- Practical sessions with sports psychologist Jarred Parkes (including personality testing and psychological drills)
- Dedicated sessions with sports dietitian Lauren Nugent
- Video analysis and centre wicket practice
- BLK athletic gear (including tracksuit pants, hoodie, t-shirts, cap and beanie)
- Liaison with top administrators, selectors and coaches
- Liaison with teachers to track players’ academic focus
- Mid-year performance progress review
- End-of-year performance review
- Graduation celebration
Cost: $4,000 (excluding GST)
Why 45 weeks?
45 weeks is the optimum length for achieving accelerated and sustainable results. We spend the necessary time on strengthening and conditioning before moving onto the technical and tactical phases of the program. In our controlled environment, we break bad habits and entrench good technique faster, using repetition and reinforcement.
It also enables us to adequately focus on the nutrition, psychological and life skills elements of the program, which in our experience are pivotal for future success, and often missed or glossed over by other academies.
In special circumstances we may allow participants to enrol for shorter periods at a reduced cost. Please contact André to discuss options as it may depend on capacity and other factors.
The holistic nature of the Academy sees our program structured around six pillars (detailed over the page).
- Physical Development
- Technical Development
- Mental Preparation
- Life Skills
Fill out the form below or call +61 414 686 416 to make an enquiry!
Our son has attended the André Burger Cricket Academy since early 2014.
André is an excellent coach and provides a holistic approach to the discipline of cricket. All aspects of cricket are explored in great detail - fitness, diet, health, organisational skills and mindset.
André, being South African, does everything with excellence – whether it is organising a cricket dinner, getting the boys to cook and serve the parents, making sure they have completed their tasks or mentoring the boys.
He provides regular feedback and we are always very aware of each week’s activities. André is firm, but also very fair and kind – exactly what teenage boys need.
André doesn’t get involved or pander to ridiculous “cricket parent” politics and encourages the boys to enjoy cricket overall, which is the whole purpose of the game!
It is a safe environment and your child does not have to go to Churchie to fit in. I would highly recommend Andre’s academy and wish that there were more programs in the schools to teach young men life skills!
Just wanted to write to say "Thanks" for a great cricket camp this week. Both Angus and George have raved about it all week. George was very nervous about playing and really wasn't confident or sure about it but does want to give cricket a go. He now tells me he really likes cricket and is excited to play the grade 5 season. It really has made an incredible difference and I really appreciate all that you and your team have put into this week under such hot conditions.
Also thanks to Natalie who has patiently handled Angus and all his eye issues.
My name is David Cross and I’m a Churchie parent. My son, Jake has been at Churchie for 3 years and for the last 9 months, Jake has been part of the Andre Burger Cricket Academy. Initially, I was a little bit sceptical as Jake has had many, what I consider to be premium coaches (which they all are). There has been other offers or invitations for Jake to join other academies. One of the reasons I was a little sceptical initially, I felt this was just another one of many academies available to young cricketers.
This endorsement of the AB academy is something that I wanted to give to Andre. I truly don’t believe enough cricket parents and boys realise what they are potentially missing out on. Jake’s cricket, self esteem, fitness level and overall self confidence is at an all time high. Thanks Andre.
Our son (Ryley) joined Andre Burger Cricket Academy because he wanted to improve his cricket skills. We couldn't have anticipated how much more the academy would offer. The benefits have far exceeded the game of cricket. Ryley has developed organisational and life skills that have benefited both his school and personal life and will equip him well for whatever life path his futures takes. Andre and his team have been fabulous mentors and they have successfully challenged Ryley to set goals, work hard and most importantly of all to challenge himself and strive to succeed.
I have been part of the Andre Burger Cricket Academy for 3 years now and my batting has improved incredibly, i love the goal setting as well as the personal attention and all the hard work the coaches put us through. It has been awesome working with the coaches and the boys involved as well, they are a great group.
Having worked closely with Andre over the past 8 months I have been very impressed with his approach to the game and what his Academy offers. He works extremely hard and is incredibly passionate about the game. His Academy offers a comprehensive program that provides everything for a player that is looking to develop their cricketing skills, their knowledge of the game and their life skills. Players will develop and improve under the guidance of Andre and the other specialist coaches he utilises and I have no doubt attending Andre’s Academy will be a very enjoyable and beneficial exercise for any young cricketer.
The Andre Burger academy is an holistic program that not only dramatically improves the game of cricket, but teaches young men life skills, good health and how to maintain fitness and to exercise properly. An excellent program for all young cricket fanatics.
Does your son marvel at the precision and seemingly effortless grace of our cricketing greats in action, dream of standing out on the pitch before the crowds himself or simply aspire to be the best that he can be?
The André Burger Cricket Academy is a holistic program focused on developing not just great cricketers, but complete athletes with the right technique, mindset and life skills for success on and off the field.
We have formulated a comprehensive program covering technique, mental conditioning, tactical awareness and anticipation, physical fitness and personal growth and leadership delivered by a team of passionate and hands-on coaches, experts and presenters.