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The High Performance Centre developed at Lincoln University is arguably one of the finest cricket training facilities in the world. The decision by the New Zealand Cricket Board in December 1995 to move to a fully fledged live-in Academy required New Zealand Cricket to find suitable premises and move quickly to implement a programme which we felt was critical to our long term strategy to increase the player base for both first-class and International cricket in New Zealand. The first Academy intake was in place and underway four months later.

Thanks to generous funding support from Mr Michael Watt and the Lottery Grants Board, with sponsorship from BIL, New Zealand Cricket has developed a facility which includes:

  • office space
  • six lane indoor centre
  • accommodation units for 28 players
  • two full sized cricket ovals
  • outdoor practice wicket facilities
  • gymnasium and recreational facilities
  • access to Educational opportunities

Directed by Dayle Hadlee the BIL Academy has already had twenty-nine graduates, twenty-eight of whom have gone on to play first-class cricket, six of whom have now represented New Zealand. Many of this third year's intake will also go on to first-class cricket this season.

There is evidence that there is improved standards in first-class cricket and greater competition for places in sides partly as a result of the work done at the H.P.C. In time we are optimistic that first-class sides will be sufficiently strong so that Academy players will struggle to make Association Shell series sides.

The facility is used extensively by all of New Zealand Cricket's representative teams both men and women for team camps, and all Major Associations who have wide-spread access to the facility.

The activities of the BIL High Performance Centre and BIL Academy have had a significant influence over New Zealand Cricket's cricket operation. The capital assets have been funded entirely from private and public sources and the on-going annual operating costs are met through sponsorship from BIL, the Sports Foundation and New Zealand Cricket.

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