Cricket HQ is the home of the Victorian Junior Cricket Academy.

The 2024 Victorian Junior Cricket Academy (VJCA) is an intensive 8 week training programme for talented junior cricketers and targets high end, ambitious players aged 8 to 14. It is designed for players who have played or are likely to play representative cricket for their local cricket association.  Numbers are strictly limited and every year applications exceed the number of places available. 

We offer 3 separate academies based on different age groups and it runs through June and July with players training in small groups. The weekly sessions run for an hour under the watchful eye of our Cricket Australia accredited, experienced coaches. The curriculum covers most aspects of the game including batting, bowling, running between the wickets and tactical game day strategies.

The VJCA is a high-performance training Academy for top end talented junior cricketers. The joy of making a Victorian underage state team or the heartbreak of missing out starts months or even years before any trial process. Selection can come down to small things and the Academy is designed to help players prepare to compete with the state’s best young cricketers. Players will build confidence and work on the technical, tactical and mental aspects of their game.  The Academy provides a professional and disciplined learning environment with a proven record of producing representative players, Premier first XI cricketers and players who have gone on to represent Victoria and Australia in under-age teams. 


Cricket is a very technical game and our experienced and accredited coaches will put your batting technique under the microscope in our ‘Batting Lab’. They will work through your batting set up and lay the foundations to help you generate more power and score runs to every part of the ground. You will work through the full array of shots (front foot and back foot) plus address how to play spin. Our coaches will also examine your bowling action with a focus on injury prevention. .



In the weekly group training sessions we challenge players by creating game day scenarios to simulate pressure situations. The sessions are designed to get players 'match ready' which means working balls into gaps, turning the strike over, dropping and running plus hitting boundaries and improving running between wickets. Bowlers also work on strategy including how to bowl at the ‘death’ plus set their own fields. They are taught how to create more variation in their deliveries and focus on executing their skills by bowling yorkers, slower balls, in-swingers and out-swingers (for pace bowlers) while the spin bowlers work on getting more revolutions on the ball to generate more spin and drift plus variation with balls like a wrong-un, slider and arm ball.   


Cricket is a tough game that punishes lapses in concentration and small errors. You need to be focused, have a positive attitude and be a team player. Players also need to build resilience and be mentally strong to deal with game day pressure plus the inevitable 'failures', set backs and disappointment. The game of cricket also teaches players valuable life lessons including, the harder you work, the luckier you get! Success builds confidence (on and off the ground) and cricket is more than a game, it’s a microcosm of life. The Academy helps players to overcome their fears, push themselves to achieve their goals and develop a healthy attitude to competition and failure. Players can expect their match day results to skyrocket and potentially become match winners and leaders with a success mindset. 

Watch some Under 12 players at the academy - click here 

You can read TESTIMONIALS from players and parents here.

Please Note:- Unlike the Winter Programme, acceptance into the VJCA is not automatic. You need to download the Application Form and email the completed form to cricket@cricket-hq.com.au     We will then acknowledge receipt of your application and assess the suitability of the player.

Want Even More Cricket? 

The Winter Programme runs on the weekends through June & July and offers players 20 minute one on one coaching sessions. Some players looking for more cricket enrol in both te Winter Programme and the VJCA.  Refer to the Winter Programme page for more information.