Somerset’s young all rounder Tim Rouse has flown out to Desert Springs in Spain to spend a week at the Tom Maynard Academy.
Last season the 19 year old, who is in his second year at Cardiff University where he is playing cricket for Cardiff MCCU, enjoyed considerable success with both bat and ball for Somerset Seconds. Tim also had a very successful season playing for Bath CC in WEPL Premier One.
Before making the trip Tim said: “I am really looking forward to going out to Desert Springs with the Tom Maynard Academy. It is a great chance for me to get some valuable preparation done for this season, which will help me to hit the ground running when it comes to the preseason games back in England. I will certainly need to be prepared for the Cardiff MCCU game agains Somerset!
“I have been working hard this winter in Cardiff and I’m pleased with my preparation for the coming season. Getting coaching and input from a number of seriously experienced coaches in Spain will be something that I will definitely make the most of, especially working with Matt Maynard which I am particularly looking forward to.”
Tim added: “I am thankful to Matt for selecting me to go on the tour and I’m looking forward to meeting the other players and coaches.”
Matt Maynard said: “It will be great for Tim to be on the Tom Maynard Academy and it will help us to get to know each other a lot better because I will have a lot more contact time with him out there. Tim had a really good season last year so I’m looking forward to working with him. These next two seasons are big ones for him to really start maturing and developing as a player. He is a really exciting talent and I’m looking forward to having him on the Academy at Desert Springs.”
Matt also talked about the Academy set up at Desert Springs. “There will be 12 players on the Academy,” he said. “They will be working with four different coaches who offer different skills. There is Mark Garaway from Millfield School who runs the action profiling, Ian Harvey from Gloucestershire, Paul Nixon who will be with us to work with the ‘keepers, while Jamie Dalrymple will be with us to talk about leadership and I will do the batting.
“We cover all aspects on the Academy including the dangers in the game, which follows the PCA guidelines. There is an excellent gym facility there but the onus out there is very much on the guys themselves to take the initiative and take responsibility for their own game while they are on the Academy. At the end of the week we play a game against Spain which has been held at La Manga for the past two years, so they go from grass to an artificial surface which is quite interesting to see how they react.
“The game gives the players on the Academy a focus for the end of the trip so we can build them up gradually because most of the guys will have been indoors all the winter. Hopefully by the time they return from Desert Springs they will be ready for their counties and the feedback over the last two years has been just fantastic and we hope that continues.”