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 Green Shield Academy

Preparing you to dominate Green Shield 

The Green Shield is the premier U16s competition in the world. Almost all NSW cricketers have played and dominated Green Shield. This academy has been designed to help you get selected and dominate the competition and set you up for the journey along the cricket high performance pathway. 


The Academy

The purpose of the academy is to set you up for success. Whether you are a cricketer trying to break into a Green Shield squad or a player already in a Green Shield squad, we know what it takes to play and dominate the Green Shield competition. 


The Green Shield Academy is designed to develop you as a player and person who can play at the highest level. 


The academy will be run by specialist coaches who know and understand the Green Shield system and the cricket

High-Performance Pathways. 

Led by head coach, Neil D'Costa who brings 35 years of playing and coaching experience. 


The academy will combine physical and mental skill development. Incorporating the latest technology in video analysis while working with our specialist coaches in:

- Fast Bowling 

- Spin Bowling 

- Batting 

- Fielding

- Strength & Conditioning


There will also be considerable time spent on the development of cricket IQ and help you understand how you can best fit into a team environment and develop an attitude coaches/selectors are looking for, giving you the best chance to be selected.


One of the biggest assets of the academy is the opportunity to train and compete with other Green Shield players every week in our sessions. Being around other players with the same goal to dominate is a wonderful training tool that lifts the standards of every session.  

All enrolled players will be given access and entered into the East Sydney Cricket Centre LUDIMOS player portal. 

Structure of the Academy


The Green Shield Academy is designed to run parallel to the school term. 

Each academy term will run for 10 weeks starting the first week of the NSW school term.


The session will run from

7:00pm - 9:00pm on Mondays.

To maintain the high standards and expectations for the academy, admission is only open to selected/ invited players. All players will be between the ages of 13-16 years old. All players will either be in a Green Shield Squad or be looking to join a Green Shield Squad in the next season. Please use the application form below to apply for the Term 4 intake. 

Our aim is that every session will be competitive, structured and enjoyable for the player. We know what it takes, and we want to give you the best chance to dominate. 


Monday 5th February 2024  - Monday 15th April 

Your Coaches

Our coaches are involved in multiple clubs across Sydney, providing variety and an unbias training environment.

All our coaches have a passion and a skill in coaching. We want you to do well and we have put together a group of coaches that we know can get you to where you want to be. 

Apply Here

Please complete the registration form below with the player's name and details. Upon completion of the form, you will be contacted by a member of the team about the next steps. 

Green Shield Academy Application 

Neil D'Costa's Coached / Mentored Players

We want you on this list:

Michael Clarke 

 Australian Captain

Phillip Hughes 

Australian Opening Batsman

Marnus Labuschagne

Australian Top Order Batsman

Ryan Hackney

NSW Top Order Batsman

Solomon Mire

Zimbabwe Allrounder 

Vusi Sibanda

Zimbabwe opening Batsman

Mitchell Starc

Australian Opening Bowler

Shaun Marsh 

Australian Opening Batsman

Nick Compton

English Opening Batsman

Umesh Yadav

Indian Opening Bowler

VVS Laxman

Indian Middle Order Batsman

Blake Nikitaras

NSW Top Order Batsman

Hunar Verma

NSW Fast Bowler

Harjas Singh

Australia U19's Batsman



Jesse Ryder

New Zealand Middle Order Batsman

Ross Taylor

New Zealand Opening Batsman

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