Welcome to First Ball Academy (FBA) – I’m Trevor Fordyce, Level II cricket coach, owner, and founder.
I like millions of others wanted to be a professional cricketer, my hopes were dashed in the 80’s when my parents said, “cricket is only six months of a year job, what are you going to do for the remaining six months?” They were not supportive, so in my teenage wisdom, I thought I would flunk my O levels to spite them since they valued education so much. With hindsight the only person who was impacted negatively was me.
Smashing cricket records for my school (Raynes Park High) Playing for the borough Merton and having a Surrey trial, all prepared me for where I am today.
I played for a number of clubs, including, Mitcham, Sutton, Greater London council, Albrighton, and a number of Asian cricket teams.
My playing career came to a premature end as a result of a serious eye injury. Which led me into coaching (the next best thing). I have a very unique approach to coaching, I’m very much about allowing each player to express themselves, utilizes their natural talents, whilst honing the areas that require work.
Having suffered during my teenage years with my mental approach I can really emphasise with boys and girls that feel the weight of expectation for themselves, peers, and family. As a result, I have developed a solution for this which many have benefited from.
My coaches and I mentor boys and girls to understand the benefits and the values of cricket. This enables each cricketer to have a deep insight into the game and their role and contribution to a team ethic
FBA represents diversity and inclusivity for males and females, irrespective of background or cricketing ability. The aim of FBA is to provide an environment which safe, fun and empowering. The objective is for all our members to become #firstballers. Whether batting, bowling, or fielding, we want to develop the mindset and the confidence of looking to score runs from the first ball faced, looking to take a wicket with the first ball bowled, and looking to take a catch or execute a run-out in the first over.
The mindset of a #firstballer is confident, not arrogant, a player that has the desire to be the best that they can be through tailored training. A player who recognises the opportunity to be successful starts from the moment they enter the ground to start their warm-ups.
Does your son or daughter have the potential to be a #firstballer? If the answer is YES then sign up to one of our membership plans below.