When your son joins the Andre Burger Cricket Academy he is not only exposed to wealth of sporting skills but also “skills for life”. The life skills program is one of these skills that is necessary, relevant and important even from a very young (age 10)
In Michael Jeh, the presenter of this fantastic initiative Andre Burger Cricket found an individual that is passionate about making a difference to the lives of young people. Finding ways to engage and connect with youth is something that inspires Michael every day. Michael run life skills programs for elite sporting teams, schools and community groups.
The philosophical base behind it is very much based on reality, not morality. It tends to focus on pragmatic, real-world situations that don’t hide the truth from participants but instead encourages them to confront the consequences of good and bad choices as they navigate the pressures of young adulthood. In my experience with youth over many years, they tend to respond to messages that give them honest (sometimes brutally honest!) information that is consequence-based but also provides practical solutions and strategies. In broad terms, content includes topics like:
- Substance abuse (drugs, alcohol) – understanding the dangers and consequences of poor choices
- Respect for women, sexual assault, nightclub behaviour
- Safe driving, staying safe in cars, young drivers
- Youth violence, learning to avoid fights, defusing dangerous situations
- Personal Brand & Leadership
- Social Media (the power and perils of Facebook, Twitter, mobile phones etc)
- Suicide and depression and early warning signs, where to seek help (in the context of elite sport especially)
- Media skills (in the context of elite sport especially)
- Finance & Budgeting – a basic understanding of the principles and the need to start planning early
Bridging the Generation Gap – helping young people (Gen Y) to understand Gen X and to learn to ‘manage upwards’ as a way to promote tolerance and understanding
Parents Workshop – information session for parents on many of the issues facing adolescents, how to navigate this period with minimum conflict and understanding the pressures of being the parent of an elite athlete
Risk vs Reward – trying to make sense of the need for teenagers to take risks, encouraging acceptable levels of risk for healthy growth but minimising destructive/dangerous risk-taking behaviour
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.