Player Diary: Sam Perry
Winter in Zimbabwe
Lancashire Academy batsman Sam Perry is spending his winter overseas in Zimbabwe.
Sam is taking part in a High Performance Programme which is run by former Zimbabwe Cricket captain, Alistair Campbell...
I have been fortunate enough to be offered a place on the Alistair Campbell High Performance Programme in Zimbabwe.
My journey in Zimbabwe started outside the capital of Harare, in Bonda.
The first few days entailed developing my leadership skills and enhancing my knowledge of community and conservation through voluntary work for Bonda mission. The trip included climbing mountains and meeting local farmers - the 5 a.m sunrise, to the sunset at dusk over the mountains, were a sight to behold.
The rest of the lads on the programme have helped a lot as I settled into African life extremely quickly. My personal highlight of the trip to Bonda was shooting a rifle which certainly isn’t an every day event.
Since leaving Bonda, we have been training with an international decathlete Keegan Cooke. Keegan has been our S&C coach, who has also trained boxer Manny Pacquiao. His knowledge of being a professional athlete is certainly an eye opener, helping me to understand what it takes and the commitment which is involved in order to become a professional athlete.
I then travelled to Chitgungwiza to coach young children at a local school. It was a great opportunity to be able to give back to the community.
The cricket over here has been excellent. As a programme we are competing in the domestic first class One Day competition. The experience that this competition will give me will be huge at such a young age and will certainly aid my chances of becoming a professional cricketer back in England. The competition starts on Sunday 2 December and runs for the duration of my trip. Warm up games will start this week.
Later on in the trip, we are visiting various parts of Zimbabwe including Victoria falls and one of the biggest game reserves in Africa, where I hope to see the 'big five'.
Hopefully I will be able to tell you all about it in my next update!