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PitchVision installed at Indoor Cricket Centre

— 25 June 2009

With the help of Leeds City Council, The Yorkshire County Cricket Club has become the first cricket club in the UK to install PitchVision in its Indoor Cricket Centre. The technology, similar to Sky Television’s Hawkeye, maps and records all deliveries in a cricket net and provides bowlers and batsman with an invaluable insight into their performance.

With the help of Leeds City Council, The Yorkshire County Cricket Club has become the first cricket club in the UK to install PitchVision in its Indoor Cricket Centre. The technology, similar to Sky Television’s Hawkeye, maps and records all deliveries in a cricket net and provides bowlers and batsman with an invaluable insight into their performance.
 
PitchVision uses ‘sensor-mats’ to collect data on to a computer and provides sophisticated onscreen graphical feedback, tracking the height, deviation and trajectory of the ball and also assess the batsman’s footwork and scoring ability against a virtual field.
 
Ashley Metcalfe, Yorkshire’s Indoor Cricket Centre General Manager, said: “Television broadcasting has made us all aware of what is possible in terms of player performance analysis, yet despite the popularity and visibility of these systems virtually none of this technology is readily available to clubs, schools or sports centres, let alone the average player. The introduction of Pitchvision at Headingley Carnegie changes all that – enabling players of all ages and abilities to instantly check out their performances either at the Indoor Centre or via the internet in the comfort of their own home. and will be easily accessible to all.” 


Councillor Christopher Townsley, said “As a Council we are passionate about supporting cricket and sport in general and are keen to encourage youngsters throughout the City the widest possible opportunity to participate and enjoy a healthy, energetic lifestyle. We are delighted this is another first for Leeds and hope that in its own small way our continued support of Yorkshire and the introduction of the very latest technology will benefit players of all ages and abilities. Who knows, it may help some of our cricketers in Leeds go on to be the next Michael Vaughan or Adil Rashid?””  
 
Pitchvision may be new to the UK, but is already a big hit in South Africa, with several leading professional Clubs and Academies utilising its technology. Not only does it help identify key features of an individual’s game and how that individual might improve them, it also provides a competitive edge to social play or routine training.
 
The newly installed technology is the  perfect add on to the already successful coaching programmes at Headingley’s Indoor Centre, which already provides a wide variety of net  and specialist one to one  coaching, utilising the county’s leading coaches and professional players, including Andrew Gale, Jacques Rudolph, Tim Bresnan and Chris Taylor.
 
For more information or to book a use the PitchVision equipment simply call the Indoor Centre on 0871 620 3609 or book via the website www.yorkshireccc.com.

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