Facilities for cricketers at the Royal Hospital School include seven cricket grounds, two pavilions, six grass nets, four indoor nets in the newly refurbished sports hall and the cutting edge Trueman BOLA bowling machine. A strength and conditioning gym, fitness suite and indoor swimming pool are also available assist in training. Former Essex county cricketer Graham Napier runs a cricket academy based at the school and assists in cricket coaching during term time.
Staying at the cutting edge of training technology is important to us and we are the first school in the country to have a TrueMan BOLA bowling machine. The TrueMan displays a high-contrast LED animation of a bowler on the front of the Bowling Machine which synchronises exactly with release of the ball.
The bowler animations are produced by artwork made from real life video footage and so an extensive library of actions and styles of bowling can be built up with any player's action being able to be reproduced.
As well as coaching pupils at RHS during term time, Graham runs various courses and masterclasses during the holidays that are open to the public as well as pupils who want to refine their skills or keep busy over the break.