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Siddy is keen to give something back to the next generation

— 8 August 2014

The Ryan Sidebottom Cricket Academy (RSCA) is delighted to announce that they have received a substantial donation from an anonymous benefactor based in the South of England, which will be used exclusively to fund a programme of cricket coaching for under-privileged youngsters based in the City of Leeds from aged 8-years-old and above.

The coaching programme will run for a period of eight years and will commence in early September 2014. Following an extensive selection process, the coaching sessions will involve 20 youngsters from six inner city Leeds schools with a view to developing their cricketing skills. The objective of the coaching team is to maximise the ability of each individual with the ultimate goal of producing a number of youngsters who could be good enough to play for Yorkshire County Cricket Club.

  • "Cricket has given me a good life. Now is the time to return the favour." - Ryan Sidebottom

    Founder of the Cricket Academy, Ryan Sidebottom, said:

    ”The generosity from the anonymous benefactor has created a wonderful opportunity for talented youngsters to benefit from up to eight years of professional cricket coaching.

    “I have had a distinguished career in the professional game and I feel it is important to give something back and unearth some great cricketing talent that might otherwise go unnoticed.

    “There are lots of children based in the inner city of Leeds that probably never get the opportunities to excel in sport even though they have a natural talent. Hopefully, through this scholarship we will talented kids will realise their potential and be given a chance to prosper.”

    Since the RSCA was established over 12 months ago, 150 have attended the Academy at three locations. The autumn programme is due to commence in September at St Olaves School in York, Silcoates School in Wakefield and The Grammar School at Leeds.

  • The Ryan Sidebottom Cricket Academy has been set up by ex England cricketer Ryan Sidebottom and his sporting father Arnie to offer kids the very best supportive long-term cricket coaching.

    Paul Farbrace (England Assistant Head Coach) still offers guidance & support to our coaches. He was pivotal in developing the early session plans & many of our participants have been coached by him

    The courses are open to kids aged from 8 to 15 years old who have a genuine passion for cricket as Ryan did from a very early age. The structure has been developed to be age and ability specific.

    For more information, please visit the website