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Elite Performance Report 2 | My hardest ever week

MarkFootittFast bowler Mark Footitt says the first week under the new Elite Cricket Performance structure has been one of his hardest ever. 

Graeme Welch was recently installed as the Club’s first Elite Cricket Performance Director – and he has begun by introducing 7am training sessions.

Leading women’s ECB fielding coach Cookie Patel has held early morning fielding practices to start off jam-packed days of pre-season training.

Footitt - who signed a new two-year deal at the end of the 2013 season despite interest from other counties - says it’s been a tough but productive week; a sign for things to come under the new regime.

“I think Friday will be the hardest day we’ve ever have coming at the end of such a gruelling week,” Footitt said. “But we can’t complain, it’s been a good week and it will hold us all in good stead come April.

“All this week we’ve been in at 7am doing fielding practice with Cookie, which has been very beneficial for all the players.

“It’s good that we’re getting specialist coaching. It’s a good sign for things to come under the new elite performance model as we all push to improve. 

“Graeme [Welch] has brought in new ideas and given us something new to focus on which has been exciting for everyone.

“The bowling practices with him have been good. He gives us little things we can work on to change and make us better.

“We’ve also been doing different exercises which will help us become stronger in the core and give us more stability as we move into the new season. 

“It’s been a refreshing experience working with a new coach with new ideas. We’ve been working more and have stepped up the intensity which is good because you feel like you’re learning more.

“It will definitely put us in a good position for the start of the season.”

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