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Our aim is to help unlock your full potential and make the most of your natural talent with coaches that have the experience to help every young cricketer. Regardless of age or ability, we are dedicated to helping everyone reach the highest level they can possibly reach!

619 Coaching is based at the home of the Watsonian Cricket Club, on Myreside Road. Although being based here, we are able to travel to any location to deliver training sessions, of the highest quality, to individuals, teams and clubs.


- First Class coaching from current and ex professionals
- Low player to coach ratio for ultimate player development and coach contact time
- Master Classes from current and ex professionals
- Proven record of players progressing onto representative honours
- Video analysis to aid technical understanding and development
- An in-depth look into the mental approach as well as physical preparation to maximise results
- Tips and advice on how to deal with pressure, disappointment and success
-Up to date and innovative training methods hailing directly from the International teams
-Talented and promising players recommended for regional honours and trials
-Excellent coach-players rapport, creating the perfect learning environment
-Players will be split into appropriate groups of ability, not just age, to ensure they reach their full potential


All young cricketers should arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the specified start time, suitably dressed for cricket - ideally in whites with non-marking footwear.

Cricketers should bring all of their own cricket equipment to every session (bat, pads, gloves, box. etc)

We will have some spare equipment at courses; however should you know that you will need to borrow some, we ask that you contact us via email in advance to let us know and we will attempt to accommodate this.

Further to that, children will also need to bring their own cricket ball for the duration of the course. Please write your child's name on the ball using a marker pen, this will not damage the ball but will ensure it doesn't end up in the wrong hands!

We also recommend that everyone brings sufficient drinks to keep hydration levels up throughout the session, a big bottle of water would be ideal.

For those attending day courses where lunch is required we recommend that cricketers bring a packed lunch.

Please ensure that cricketers are collected promptly and if for any reason there is a delay please let us know at the earliest opportunity.

- To treat all children fairly and recognise that each is an individual.
- To protect children's self-esteem and develop them.
- To provide a challenging, relevant, appropriate and fun week.
- To be clear about the rules and use sanctions consistently. No physical punishment will ever be used.
- To be a good role model.
- Not to use any form of physical intervention, e.g. holding, unless it is necessary to prevent personal injury to the child, other children, an adult or serious damage to property.
- Any significant incident of unacceptable behaviour is recorded and the parent informed of the incident on the day.
- Parents may be involved in a clear behaviour management procedure:
- Initially the Group Coach will try to deal with the situation.
- If unsuccessful: Manager will try to deal with the situation, removing the child from the group but having a witness.
- If unsuccessful: Parent/carer will be involved. If the parent/carer does not come to collect the child, a note will be given to them requesting that the parent/carer sees the manager in the morning.
- If unsuccessful: The manager will consider suspending the child after consultation with Head Office.

Our Staff

Dewald Nel

Head Coach

Johan Dewald Nel (born 6 June 1980) is a South African-born Scottish cricketer. He is a primarily a right-arm fast-medium bowler, who also bats right-handed. He has played 110 times for the Scottish cricket team, his début coming in a totesport league match against Durham on 6 June 2004 taking … Read More

Brendan O’Connell

Lead Coach

Brendan, a left arm spin bowler and left hand bat, grew up playing his cricket in Surrey, England. Having relocated to Edinburgh, Brendan plays for Watsonians Cricket Club and is the Development Officer for George Watsons’ College. Brendan holds a level 2 coaching qualification and a teaching degree. Brendan has … Read More

Andy McKay

Lead Coach / Physiotherapist

A left-arm seamer, Andy McKay played five seasons for Auckland before shifting to Wellington during the 2009-10 season. Andy had his share of injury problems and even missed an entire season due to a side strain. But his career really took off from the 2007-08 season, when he bagged 24 … Read More