Testimonials

"I started Julian’s academy when I turned 11 years old. I remember it was just after my first year of playing county cricket for Berkshire. The coaches recognised I needed specialist work on my batting in particular as they saw that was my strength at the time. I was fortunate enough to have been given Woody’s time in the nets evening after evening throughout the winter period. I guess it all felt a step closer to becoming a professional even at that age as I was taking the sport extremely seriously and getting help from him as a personal mentor. I carried on playing for Berkshire throughout my early childhood and the sessions with Woody were clearly rubbing off on my batting. It came to the stage when I finally had to move on and as I turned 14; Woody introduced me to Hampshire County Cricket Club and helped me get into the academy system down there. Although I was on their watch for the next 4 years, I was very much still connected with woody through the JW Cricket Academy and still hit most days with him through the winter and early summer. In my last year at Bradfield College I was fortunate enough to get several opportunities in the Hampshire 1st team in both 4 day and one day cricket. Mid-way through the season after a few decent performances surprisingly with the ball not the bat, I received a professional contract. A year on and have spent my winter away from the cold winter nets in England and am now travelling to Australia and South Africa for pre season training. Over the past 8 years I have come on a long way and I am very grateful of the sessions through those early stages with Julian he really helped me get where I am today." 
Hamza Riazuddin -  Professional Cricketer - Hampshire CCC

 

 Julian Wood
“My son lives, breathes, eats and sleeps Cricket.  The Academy is his opportunity to turn his dreams into cricketing skills and experience. Thanks to Woody he is taking positive steps towards achieving his cricketing ambitions and he just loves it.”
Megan Rishton - Parent
 "In April this year I went to India with the JW cricket academy, it was brilliant. Being over there helped me understand how coaching in another country can help your technique, your confidence and make you cricket smart."
Ben Green
 
"The excellent quality of the coaching and the high tempo in the training sessions has significantly raised the standard of our boys game. This, together with Julian's infectious enthusiasm and dedication ensures that he gets the very best out of all the boys. Training nights can't come around fast enough - our boys just love it and it's been wonderful to see them blossom in to confident young players under JW tutelage. We are really delighted, thank you".
Francoise Mortimer.
 "I've been going to the JW Elite Academy for two years now and its been brilliant. I have learnt so much and my batting and bowling have both really improved. Woody's 121 sessions have helped me sort out things with my game which has been brilliant for my confidence and stopped me getting frustrated when things go wrong."
Ollie Green
"The coaches are really good and have given me excellent advice and help with all aspects of my game. It is serious, but fun at the same time."
Peter
  
"I just wanted to tell you how much my two boys (Jamaal 12 & Imran 10) are enjoying learning the art of cricket from Woody and the other coaches . The course is, as always, exceptionally well run and held in a friendly, disciplined, enthusiastic and professional way. The boys have made huge progress in the short time that they have been at Woody's and I am sure this will result in exceptional performances on the cricket field for many seasons to come  Maggie"
Parent
"My sons really enjoy their cricket coaching. Everything is covered - fitness, batting, bowling, fielding, wicket-keeping and the mental side. The equipment and facilities are outstanding. There are also opportunities to join tours, which aid both their personal and sporting development."
Andy
 "I love coming to Woody's because the coaches make it fun and are very quick to spot what areas I need to develop to improve my game and communicate this to me in a simple, understandable way."
Jamaal 12

"Jake has been going to Julian Wood Cricket Academy at Bradfield since he was seven and a half after a teacher at school inspired an interest in cricket. He just loves the training sessions often skipping or running to the sessions and I can see how much he has grown in confidence and ability.

When asked about Julian Wood Jake said, "it's really good fun, I just so enjoy it, it is hard to say what I enjoy the most becasue I like batting, bowling and fielding. I think the best game is the big mat game but then the big ball game is great fun too and I quite like it when we are outside in the Summer !" 
Alison Humphreys
  
"I have learnt so much from all the great coaches at Woody's. I am really happy that I play at the highest level for my age. I really like training so I can learn new skills, and if I am doing something wrong, then the coaches show me the correct way. I have learnt so much since being with Woody, I cant wait for Friday's, we laugh and have some great fun."
Imran 10
"Ollie and Ben have been going to the JW cricket academy for three years now and have benefited greatly from the professionalism of the coaching and the friendly personal approach. Not only has the boys' cricket improved tremendously, so too has their gravitas, self confidence and determination to succeed in all aspects of their lives, which is brilliant.

Ollie had only played one season of cricket before joining the JW cricket academy, his game has really improved and he has gone on to play two seasons of District Cricket for West Berkshire and last year played his first season for Berkshire.

Ben has recently joined the JW emerging player programme and is really enjoying the fortnightly sessions. The coaching is intensive and he is learning how to improve all aspects of his game."
Philippa Green - Parent
 
"You get the best effort from others not by lighting a fire beneath them but building a fire within’. These words aptly sum up Julian Wood’s approach to coaching cricket. He is totally dedicated to helping find the best in every player and taking them as far as they want to go. My two sons leave net sessions always feeling that they have learnt something and always wanting more.  I would never have believed that my 14-year old son would get the chance to play cricket in India – it was definitely a life-changing experience, not just good for his cricket but for his attitude to life. Julian Wood is a true inspiration – there can’t be many like him."
Belinda Chaffer, mother
"Both my sons have been attending the JW Academy for the last 4 years and my eldest has been fortunate to have been involved in two cricket tours to India, with a third trip this October. What an experience for a young developing cricketer!  Both sons have grown in both confidence and ability thanks to the excellent coaching that JW provides. The ethos is one based upon respect, fun and gentle coercion, with a good dose of challenge to complete the successful recipe. Children develop at different rates and it nice to see a learning environment that acknowledges this. The coaches enjoy teaching the young cricketers and their enthusiasm for the game and helping the boys are plain for all to see. The academy is supported by helpful administrative staff, and any equipment needed is happily ordered with a quick service and reasonable prices. The fruits of my eldest sons labours and all his coaches have been clear for all to see this season with both a maiden century and his first hat trick for the men's team, not bad for a 14 year old. Let's hope the England selectors don't get to hear of the level of coaching at the JW Academy, as we need them for our boys!"
Debbie Grimmond - Parent
 "Julian wood's cricket academy offers young players an excellent environment for them to develop the technical and tactical skills they need to advance in the game.

- high energy, high work-rate sessions ensure that whatever the level of player, they are tested to their fullest and, in so doing, show rapid signs of improvement.

- I am always delighted to deliver specialist sessions at the academy and thoroughly enjoy working with good players in such a pleasant and welcoming atmosphere"
Toby Radford - West Indies Batting Coach