07:51 Tuesday 19 February 2013

Howzat for cricket firm's new coaching phone app

Written byROB SMYTH

A GROUP of unemployed graduates have pooled their knowledge of their favourite pastime to design a host of new smarthphone apps to try to get more people involved in sport.

The Cricketcoachapp brand is the brainchild of a group of four cricket fanatics who saw a gap in the market after playing their favourite game across the world.

Sam Eaton, his brother Joe, Rob Hodson-Walker and Matthew Sanderson, who operate from a base in Rosliston, are now working hard to showcase their work and attract investment interest.

Mr Eaton, who studied at Newcastle Uniceersity, told the Mail: “The idea came from my brother Joe during his time spent cricketing in Australia.

“While he was out there he realised how much individual cricket coaching costs as well the time and effort it took to haul huge manuals around.

“This is where the idea came for Cricketcoachapp – the apps contain all the information you need and would be on your smarthphone. So very handy.

“We joined forces with Rob, who we had known since we were children, and Matt, who we met at our cricket club Lullington, and things have just gone from there.”

The apps feature coaching tips, HD videos, drills and challenges to help players improve.

The 23-year-old added: “The response has been brilliant and we have had just under 1,000 downloads already and loads of great feedback.

“We are now trying to get the app out there and are arranging meetings with potential backers to try to get it more well known and established.

“The apps will not only benefit Burton and South Derbyshire massively and get people participating in sport but our company is also a good example of how unemployed graduates are showing entrepreneurial skills and setting up their own business to succeed in the economic crisis.

“The apps have been sold in 23 countries worldwide and we are trying to increase the participation not only in the UK but around the world.

“The apps haven’t been created to replace coaches, many people cant afford the rising costs of one - to - one coaching so there for can coach themselves with our apps, many coaches have also told us how the app is very useful as a coaching aid.

“Our goals is to give everyone in the UK access to affordable professional coaching and also help improve the standard of cricket in the UK.”

More information is available by visiting www.facebook.com/cricketcoachapp or www.cricketcoachapp.com

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