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Indoor cricket centre opens in Grantham

By Niamh McIntyre

Lincolnshire County Cricket Club player Karanjit Bansal and coach Mark Fell.
Lincolnshire County Cricket Club player Karanjit Bansal and coach Mark Fell.

Former professional cricketer and coach of 30 years, Mark Fell, has opened a Grantham base for his academy, located just off Dysart Road.

An industrial warehouse unit on Dysart Way has been converted into a three-lane indoor cricket centre, providing quality coaching with small group and one-to-one training sessions for cricketers of all ages and ability.

Former Nottinghamshire cricketer Mark Fell first set up his Academy in Lincoln 20 years ago, but has now extended its service to Grantham, where he is the coach of Grantham CC.

Following his professional playing career, Mark has coached the England U19 team and is the head coach of the Lincolnshire County Cricket Club, where he has featured as a player and a coach for 26 years. Mark said: “I enjoy coaching and helping people improve at all levels.”

Mark is a passionate cricket man and has devoted his life to the game. He said: “When I was nearing the end of my playing career I didn’t want to go out of the game. I wanted to give back some of the stuff I had learned whilst being lucky enough to have a professional career.​”

Whilst all the necessary equipment for cricket training is now installed, including ‘the best bowling machines you can get’, there are a few add ons Mark hopes will be ready within the next month.

Currently in the process of also being built at the academy, is a tuck shop, cricket shop and a seating area with Sky Sports. The grand opening is due to take place in a month’s time, with the England Ladies team attending.

Grantham CC training will take place at the centre weekly, with the girls training on a Monday night, juniors on a Tuesday and seniors on a Wednesday. The rest of the week the centre will be available to hire to all local cricket clubs and schools. It will cost £15 to hire out a lane, and if you want to use the bowling machine, an extra £5 is added.

Meanwhile both Lincolnshire County Cricket Club’s first team, and the seconds, will train at the Grantham centre, with many of the players also providing coaching.

For more information, visit www.markfellcricketacademy.co.uk


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