February Half Term Elite Training Course

Our indoor half term courses are held at our state of the art facility in Sowerby Bridge and led by our full time professional coaching team…

These course will include bring together aspiring young Cricketers who are expected to train like a pro in preparation for the coming season. Suitable for capable hard ball Cricketers aged 11-17.

  • Net practice with PitchVision technology
  • High level coaching
  • Bowling machine
  • Fielding drills
  • Fitness and match preparation
  • Skill development
  • £40 per day, £70 for both days
  • 10am-3pm each day
  • 11-17 year olds
  • Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd February
  • FREE 9am drop off service
  • Limited to just 16 players, 2 day bookings take priority.

Click here to book online or preferably call 01422 836554 and book/pay over the phone.

This course is for young players who are at least deemed as at good club level.
Click here if you’d prefer the 2-day camp for 7-14 year olds.

February Half Term Coaching Camp

Our indoor half term courses are held at our state of the art facility in Sowerby Bridge and led by our full time professional coaching team…

These courses are great fun and offer all round skill development through our range of games and drills. Suitable for all young Cricketers aged 7-14.

  • Net practice
  • Fun games
  • Skill development
  • Team work games
  • £30 per day, £50 for both days
  • 10am-4pm each day
  • 7-14 year olds
  • Monday 18th & Tuesday 19th February
  • FREE 9am drop off service

Click here to book

Click here if you’d prefer the elite 2-day course- capable 11-17 hard ball Cricketers only.

Pre-Season Development Courses 2019

Starting February and running up to the start of the 2019 season…

Just one course per age group so number very limited!

All held at our state of the art venue in Sowerby Bridge and led by our full time professional coaches.

  • TCA’s professional team
  • Net practice
  • Games & Drills
  • Skill Development


9-13 year olds

Saturdays 2:30-4pm from 2nd February

Click here to book

14-17 year olds

Saturdays 4-5:30pm from 2nd February

Click here to book

Women & Girls

Mondays 6-7pm from 4th February

Click here to book

For the younger ones click here to check out Cricket Buds for 5-8 year olds

Calderdale College Cricket Development Centre

We’re pleased to announce we will be working in partnership with Calderdale College to deliver a Cricket Development Centre for college student’s from September 2019.

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If you’re a current year 11 student who want to take their game to the next level alongside their education then this is for you!

This is the only college cricket academy to be using a state of the art Cricket specific facility with built in performance analysis technology and full time professional coaches!


4-6 hours FREE weekly training with The Cricket Asylum coaching team, using both our Cricket specific venue and the College’s excellent sports facilities at the Inspire Centre.

To book a place at the upcoming open evenings contact the college on 01422 399 331 or sportsacademies@calderdale.ac.uk, or for more information on their website click here.


5 Things to do When You’re Here this Winter

For people coming from far and wide to The Cricket Asylum, here is some information about our friends in the local area. So whilst your child is in a session or you have come to make a day of it, there is plenty to do from a quiet pint in the Jubilee to the craziness of the Reload Nerf Zone.

Reload Nerf Zone

This is Sowerby Bridge’s newest indoor entertainment venue. They are offer an open, safe environment for children to come and have Nerf battles. It is army style Nerf shooting area, we’ve tried it and it’s great fun!

Happy Days Café

Happy Days Café and bike shop is a social enterprise business, their main outlet is a shop and café based in Sowerby Bridge. All the profits it makes goes to funding its work towards homeless people in West Yorkshire. Their aim is to reduce homelessness and give people lives they deserve, a great cause and the coffee is great!

The Jubilee Refreshment Rooms

Situated on the forecourt of Sowerby Bridge Railway Station, The Jubilee Refreshment Rooms are operated by two railway enthusiasts, Chris and Andrew Wright, who have re-created the type of Station Refreshment Rooms that would have been available during the golden age of rail travel. The Jubilee Refreshment Rooms has been 5 Star Hygiene rated and was named Calderdale Pub of the Year in 2012 mainly for it’s local real ales. The Jubilee Refreshment Rooms are a popular meeting place for both commuters and transport enthusiasts and hosts many events ranging from whisky tastings to local history talks.

If Matt doesn’t answer his phone, you will probably find him here!

Kipling’s Restaurant

Serving Authentic award winning Kashmiri cuisine with a modern twist, in a First class hospitality in comfortable surroundings, their team of chefs always strive to provide healthy nutritious dishes with culinary innovation. Kipling’s is the perfect restaurant for couples, families and friends. A session at TCA followed by a top curry would make a great evening!

Piece Hall

The Piece Hall hosts a huge array of events, from contemporary and classical music concerts, to intimate site-specific performances, circus spectacle and street theatre. Seasonal festivities include markets alongside special food and drink celebrations and fairs. A unique space to meet friends, the stunning eighteenth century colonnades and central courtyard of The Piece Hall are a worthy backdrop for a feast of flavours. Their independent cafés, bars and restaurants are specially selected to give visitors an exceptional treat at any time of day.

The Cricket Asylum offer fun intro to cricket sessions for 5-8 yr olds throughout the year… For information on the Cricket Buds course click here!  
cricket budsBy: Rishav Tandon and Alex Kaye (North Halifax Grammar School, Work Experience)

Cricket Birthday Parties

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Come and enjoy a great Birthday Party event here at The Cricket Asylum!
From the venue through to party games…We have it all! Perfect for the Cricket loving or Sport fanatics special day!

  • Tailored to your child’s age and the groups requirements
  • Fun games like dodge-ball and jail cricket
  • Face the bowling machine
  • Cricket bat birthday cake
  • Invitations, party bags & gifts
  • Party foodTo help you plan, we have the following packages available;

platinum birthday packagePlatinum Party Package
– 1 hour fun Cricket games with professional coach.
– Party invitations
– Small gift for birthday child
– Party food, drinks, Cricket bat birthday cake & party bags provided.
£300 for up to 16 children
£350 for more than 16 (max. 24)
Click Here or Call 01422 836 554


GOLD BIRTHDAY Party PackageGold Party Package
– 1 hour fun Cricket games with professional coach.
– Party invitations
– Small gift for birthday child
– Party food and drinks provided.
£225 for up to 16 children
£260 for more than 16 (max. 24)
Click Here or Call 01422 836 554


Silver Birthday Party PackageSilver Party Package
– 1 hour fun Cricket games with professional coach.
– Party invitations
– Small gift for birthday child
– Bring your own food, drinks, cake and party bags.
£135 for up to 16 children
£150 for more than 16 (max. 24)
Click Here or Call 01422 836 554

Check out our gallery of birthdays below!

Local lad makes North of England

Local lad Ben Cliff makes North of England

This season has been a memorable one for 15-year-old Ben Cliff, representing the North of England at the famous Bunbury festival. A great achievement for a hard-working young man, and an achievement The Cricket Asylum are very proud to have played a part in.


Ben comes from a strong Cricketing family, and has developed through the junior ranks and into senior cricket down at Copley Cricket Club, currently playing in their 1st XI.

Back in the winter of 2013 aged 11, Ben joined The Ultimate Academy down at the Cricket Asylum, where he showed early promise as a fast bowler. Under the guidance of TCA’s coaches and the then guest fast bowling coach Steve Oldham (former Yorkshire CCC bowling coach), Ben was given the support and guidance he needed to start playing representative Cricket, firstly for the Halifax League under 11s and then straight into Yorkshire u11s for the 2014 season.

Ben highlighted some very simple advice that made a huge impact on his bowling. “On the Ultimate Academy I was encouraged to bowl faster and given a simple that tightened up my bowling action. This gave me more confidence to run in and put the ball where I wanted to.”

Leading up to the selection for North of England Ben has made consistent performances for the Yorkshire age group teams – from u11s through to u15s – taking the new ball throughout his period. During this time, he has benefited from expert guidance at The Cricket Asylum – whether honing his variation skills or working on his batting… something that fast bowlers need to work on just as much if they are to progress.

Ben with the u15 National County Championship Trophy

Ben with the 2018 u15 National County Championship Trophy

“The Asylum has been great for my development. From the Ultimate Academy, to the Masterclasses to 1:1s…I have benefitted from them all.  Even if I just fancy a bowl, I can book a net and come down and work on things with my dad or brother”.

The sports psychology training has helped Ben become more resilient and to focus on positives. It also   taught him to set goals, which has so far been a big part of his success. A year ago he set himself the goal of making the North of England squad, and now he’s straight onto what’s next…and hoping to be considered for Yorkshire’s emerging player programme (EPP).

Ben knows how hard sport can be, but just enjoys his game and wants to get as far as possible, but having the inspiration of former Copley and Yorkshire CCC player and current Warwickshire CCC fast bowler Oliver Hannon-Dalby makes him very aware of what can be achieved from humble beginnings.

“Olly is a great example.  Whenever he comes back to Copley he asks about how we are getting on, and how my development is going.  He is very encouraging! To know he has been through this makes it very real.”

Ben with fellow Yorkshire players representing the North of England

Ben with his fellow Yorkshire team mates representing the North of England.

The week at Bunbury (the 32nd year of the Festival) saw the four Regions; North, Midlands, London & East and South & West, and 56 of the best young cricketers in the country, come together to play each other in 50 over and T20 formats.

“It was a great week and a real privilege to be part of it.  To play against the best is how you get better.  I learnt a lot from spending time with the North squad, and playing against the other regions…made up of counties that we don’t normally play against for Yorkshire.  Although The North didn’t win the festival it is nice to come away knowing that I competed…I took a few wickets, took a few catches and scored runs. This gives me confidence that I can take into the next stage.”


Now taking nominations and recommendations for the 8th year of The Ultimate Academy 

A successful season for Ben, with his Yorkshire U15s team being crowned National County Champions having gone unbeaten through the campaign.  Another local lad and product of the Ultimate Academy, wicket keeper Alex Kaye also being part of this team.

The success of Ben and many others locally are a product of not only what the Asylum is doing, but also the local clubs and the Halifax Junior Cricket League who have a commitment to providing excellent coaching and opportunities for all.

Let’s wish Ben all the best with his Cricketing future and look forward to seeing the continued success from all the young players around.

Cricket Fitness Program

Its been a great summer for Cricket… but lets be honest it could have been a little bit better if were all that little bit fitter…

This winter you’re gonna do what you’ve always promised yourself!

Join our Cricket Fitness Program and you will:

  1. Improve strength and power
  2. Reduce risk of injury
  3. Increase flexibility
  4. Improve balance and posture
  5. Stronger bones and joints

This program has been carefully designed, and broken down into specific phases to be delivered at TCA in the group sessions and also continued at home to increase the overall effectiveness of the program.

The physical demands of Cricket are very much imbalanced with your body, the Cricket Fitness Program will look to redress that balance with a range of bodyweight exercises to improve your balance and posture. The program will progress into speed, power, strength and endurance phases to develop you as an all round athlete ready for the 2019 season.

Tuesday 9th October to 11th October

7:30pm to 9pm at TCA

In addition to the weekly session at TCA you will be required to complete the home session each week, and be given a 10 week exercise program to complete at home starting in January leading up to the season



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Jack Hendy

Jack Hendy is our second longest serving coach, second only to Matt. Jack’s TCA life started as a player on the Ultimate Academy back in 2013, which lead to him represented Yorkshire under 19s as a fast bowler.


Jack has played under and coached with elite professional coaches such as Paul Farbrace, Steve Oldham and Jason Gillespie. Along with three trips to Australia playing and coaching, all this experience has led to Jack becoming one of our most respected all round coaches, and the go to man for fast bowling 1:1s and fitness training.

Club: Elland CC

Nickname: Hendo/ Square

Playing style: Elegant destructive all rounder

Best moment in cricket: 5 wickets against the red rose for Yorkshire u19s

Interests away from cricket: Gym and Eating

Who would you’d like to bat with: AB De Villiers

Favourite food: Thai

Favourite film: Blood diamond

Favourite music: Ed Sheeran

Best place visited: Perth

Favourite book: KPs autobiography

What are you afraid of: Slow medium pacers

Most proud of: 2018 season in Aus bringing home 7 club and league in total personal awards as-well as winning the flag