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ACTive Academy


ACTive Academy is a coaching service for boys and girls aged 8-16, run by some of the ACT's best high performance coaches.

The ACTive Academy is fundamental in ensuring the ACT continues to be a talent hub for Australian Cricket. It's designed to enhance your cricket skills and general conditioning with a focus on developing the entire person through the vehicle of cricket. 

We have re-structured and made modifications for how we deliver this personalised coaching service to our players by utilising our high-performance coaches more frequently. Cricket ACT 's high performance coaches are widely recognised as some of the best producers of talent within the Australian Cricket system. 

The ACTive Academy offers both group (max. 3) and 1:1 bookings covering all cricket skill-sets (batting, bowling, wicket-keeping, fielding) as well as specialist school holiday programs. 

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Program Content

Load monitoring
Match day preparation
Performance review
Periodised conditioning
Physical maintenance
Remedial cricket skills
Strategy development

Additionally, external providers may be brought in to deliver specific sessions on the following:

Physical Preparation
Mental Preparation
Injury Prevention
Note: The external provider sessions will be run at different times to your regular session time


Cricket ACT have a number of experienced coaches that work in ACTive Academy. 

Jono Dean

A former Adelaide Striker and ACT Comet, Jono Dean is Cricket ACT’s High Performance coach and assistant coach of the ACT Meteors. He is the head coach of the ACT Emerging Meteors and assists with coaching the ACT/NSW Comets and other various teams when required.

He is known for his explosive batting, including a rapid half century in the 2013 PM’s XI that put him in the national spotlight. He was the second ACT player to score 300 in grade cricket, ending not out after an innings that included 17 sixes and 21 fours.

Michael Barrington-Smith

Michael Barrington-Smith is our Athletic Performance and Sport Science Sport Medicine (SSSM) Manager. His role includes overseeing and delivering all aspects of the physical performance program for the ACT Meteors and Comets and ACT Pathway Teams. He currently coaches the U15 boys with Mick Delaney as well as ACTive Academy.

Michael previously worked as a personal trainer before coming to Cricket ACT in the role of Athletic Performance Officer. This role involved a broad range of high performance work helping the development of all athletes. Michael is also a former ACT first grade and Comets player.

Michael Delaney

Michael Delaney is our High Performance Coach and Talent Manager. As a player-coach at Ginninderra Cricket Club, he coached them from the wooden spoon in 2015/16 to their first Douglas Cup victory in 26 years in 2018/19. He currently coaches the ACT Aces and numerous underage male rep teams.

In his playing career, Delaney represented ACT in U19s before joining the Comets.

Zoe Cooke

A dominant figure in local cricket, the right arm fast bowling all-rounder claimed the SJ Moore Medal for Women’s Player of the Year four years in a row from 2013/14 – 2017/18. She plays for the ACT Meteors and played for the Melbourne Renegades in 2018/19.

Kelly Rowlings

Captain of the ACT Aces, Kelly Rowlings is a talented young cricketer and captain-coach of Weston Creek Molonglo Women’s.


Academy Structure

The Active Academy will cater for aspiring junior cricketers across the Canberra region. Male and female participants are welcome.

Hourly time slots 1:1 or small group bookings (available times outlined below)
All participants receive preferential opportunities to maintain involvement in the Academy from term to term


Cricket ACT High Performance Centre - 6 Spoering St, Phillip ACT 2606

Upcoming Dates


Term 1 - Monday, 3 February - Friday, 10 April

Please note the program will not run from the 24th to the 28th of February due to Women's T20 World Cup requirements. All invoices will be adjusted accordingly for Term 1. 

Term 2 - Monday, 28 April - Friday, 3 July

Term 3 - Monday, 20 July - Friday, 25 September

Term 4 - Monday, 12 October - Friday 18 December

Available Times 

4pm - 5pm
5pm - 6pm
6pm - 7pm
7pm - 8pm

4pm - 5pm
5pm - 6pm
6pm - 7pm
7pm - 8pm

4pm - 5pm
5pm - 6pm
6pm - 7pm
7pm - 8pm

Thursday (Unavailable Term 1 & Term 4)
4pm - 5pm
5pm - 6pm
6pm - 7pm
7pm - 8pm

4pm - 5pm
5pm - 6pm


Individual 1:1 Session - $900+GST per term

Group Booking (Min, 2 participants, Max. 3 participants) - $1500+GST per term, per group

Casual Booking - $95+GST per hour (subject to availability, preference given to term bookings)


Note: Group Bookings must be submitted together


ACTive Cricket Academy apparel valued at approximately $160 can be purchased separately. 
Training shirt

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