Edward Seisun is the Owner and Head coach for Academia Nacional de Cricket in Santiago, Chile. The Academy is the only cricket school in Chile solely focused on developing cricket in Chile Country with a focus to create more interest in Chilean. He is currently a player in domestic senior cricket team and also a member on the Committee for Cricket Chile. He is also a selector for Junior National Chilean teams and also the Junior Development Coach. He had started playing cricket in 1985 and played in Australia for St. Peters Cricket Club in Melbourne. Edward has been a great contributor to chile cricket and continues to inspire the Chileans players. Global Cricket Community wish you all the best for future endeavours.
Experts from an Interview with Edward Seisun from Chile by Tushar Sawant.
1. Tell us about you?
Full Name: Edward Seisun
Date of Birth: 17/01/75
Playing Role: Opening batsman and Mid off fielder.
Batting Style: Right Hand
Bowling Style: Right arm medium
Address: La Reina
2. At Present: Are you a Coach? A cricket player? A cricket related business? A club Owner? Mention your work profile (if anything else).
At present I am the Owner/Head coach for Academia Nacional de Cricket here in Santiago, Chile. The Academy is the only cricket school in Chile solely focused on developing cricket here in Chile with a focus to create more interest in Chilean nationals to take up cricket as their preferred sport. We are open to all and teach in Spanish and English.
Our mission is to teach cricket at grass roots level.
We are a training facility that provides cricket coaching support and also the sale of equipment to juniors. Our biggest mission is to create pathways for junior Chileans to move into Senior positions for the Chilean national team for the future.
I am currently a player in domestic senior cricket and also a member on the Committee for Cricket Chile. I am also a selector for Junior National Chilean teams and also the Junior Development Coach for Cricket Chile. I live in Santiago, Chile with my wife and two daughters. I am Australian born and hold an Australian, Chilean and British Passports
3. Are you playing cricket currently? If Yes - Since how long have you been playing cricket? What level of cricket have you played so far in your country?
I started playing cricket in 1985 and have played in Australia for St.Peters Cricket club in Melbourne. Our senior club folded and I moved to Bentleigh Cricket Club in Melbourne which is a turf cricket club in the South Eastern Suburbs where I stayed till moving to Chile two years ago. I coached juniors at Bentleigh for several years and captained one of their senior teams to a grand final in 1995. I have been involved with their Milo "In 2 cricket" program for several years and am adapting a similar concept called "Pequeno Cricket" here for Latin America in Spanish and English.
I am currently playing in The Metropolitan cup competition in Santiago for La Reina Cricket Club. I have only played domestic cricket here in Chile. This is the major competition here in Santiago and usually is played between the months from February to Late May.
4. Do you play for any club or a team? Mention their names? When was it founded? Where are you working currently?
I am currently self employed and am the owner of Academia Nacional de Cricket which was started in 2015. I play currently for La Reina Cricket Club. Last year I played for Las Condes.
5. Where do you and your team see yourself in the coming 5 years? Where do you want to focus in order to improve your cricket?
As a team and a club I would love to see more Chileans playing cricket. My mother is Chilean born so I have a motivation to create more awareness of cricket here in Chile. I feel it is my purpose here. I try to do this 24/7 as possible. I would also like to have our own ground for La Reina Cricket Club maybe shared with Las Condes Cricket Club as the two areas are side by side each other in Santiago.
Perfect example would be to have the ground in the park that divides the two suburbs. Currently we play all our games for Cricket Chile in Lo Barnechea at the National Cricket ground. As for the Academy we would like more equipment and an indoor facility to train in but also as an Academy would love to help children in poorer areas and take the Academy to other parts of Chile to teach our philosophy and spirit of cricket. This year our model will go to Chillan in the south of Chile to give them the training we deliver in Santiago we can be mobile now and with support from Cricket Chile we will make the journey that so many children and parents do more than several times a year to Santiago which is five hours away. We see that effort and the passion these children make for a sport they love. We do this so we will see a greater number of Chileans interested in representing their country at an earlier age. In five years my vision would like to see all teams across all levels, men, women, boys and girls all playing cricket with Chilean passports. I would also like to see the ex pat community get behind the national players and see that they get the opportunities to train and go through the selection process to represent Chile.
6. Do you have any website or facebook page? Mention their links.
Yes I have a Facebook page which is
Academia Nacional de Cricket it is and we use social media like
We are @AcademiaChileCricket on these forms of social media.
7. Any recent achievements/activities that you had. (It could be organizing a small camp, or just playing a match or organizing a cricket camp or playing a tournament series) Do mention the date.
I have an amazing team of coaches who come in and help and mentor myself and our players, Abhijit Khan is from India originally and has an academy in Mumbai. We ask him to come over several times a year and he holds a more advanced look at cricket and defines where we need to be to be competitive and strategic in games. He has had a lot of success in Brazil with juniors and the
Women's team. He is based in Sao Paolo and we lean on his knowledge to help refine our rough diamond players.
My cousin coached my local club and played cricket at district level in Victoria Australia, he was a net bowler during an Australian Ashes campaign in England and has coached and played in England, South Africa and Holland. He has and always was the cricketer I looked up to he was always hard on me probably more so than others at our club because he never wanted people thinking I was getting a free ride off his coat tails. I remember I came to training late one evening and was really flustered because I had a flat tyre on my bike and missed the bus. We were at the end of training and had not had a bat in the nets. I thought that my punishment was no batting for that session. He turned around to me and said "Why are you packing your bags? You are going in the net now. He gathered every person at training and said you all can have 1 ball at Ed. it was a Thursday night and there were juniors and seniors training to be selected for the weekend games. I was told if I was clean bowled I would have to do 20 push-ups each time I went out. I faced over fifty balls that night and was bowled twice. I have clearly forgotten to mention I was hit in ribs and forearms and my back several times. I also copped on on the tip of my thumb from a bowler. I have to say I was never late for training again.
Our Under 13 Chilean team played in 2015 in Peru for the South American tournament and lost every single game. It was clearly a team not prepared for a tournament. We came back with our tail between our legs and looked at where we went wrong. Did we just spend so much time bowling? Did we drop catches or did we just not see enough cricket together that we just played disjointed ? We really needed to focus on our all round game and especially our batting. I proposed a net facility at our national ground and Cricket Chile approved it. We trained three sometimes four times a week on a turf wicket for about four months. Then we had two artificial half wickets put in and a small softball bowling machine arrived from Australia that my second cousin brought in his suitcase. We practiced our batting to no end and last year in the South American Championships beat every team and lost in the Final we came second overall in the championship.
8. Would you like to come to India for a tournament or a coaching camp? Or do you want to travel any other country (if Yes, please mention the name)?
We would love to come to India for a coaching camp but it really does come down to money which Cricket Chile does not have any. Our funding is very low even considering we are the current South American champions. I would love to take some of our national junior children to see a game at the MCG on Boxing Day maybe The Ashes or get them to see a game in the Big Bash or IPL competition in Australia or India.
9. What are the challenges you are facing in your country's cricket? If any, how do you feel to overcome those challenges?
Equipment, Marketing and sponsorship are our biggest issues. I think also in a country which is so football orientated it sometimes feels like most other sports are pushed aside. Government funding is so hard to receive for unknown or minority sports in Chile in general. There is a lot of red tape and space for cricket is a really huge issue here.
10. One thing that you instantly need that would boost the involvement of people in your country's cricket?
The government making it mandatory for children boys and girls to learn and play cricket. A massive campaign over five years could make Chile a real cricketing nation.
Cricket Coaches in all primary and secondary schools, Access to equipment for future juniors and a Bowling machine for real cricket balls so that we can really get young players confident to play on pitches and to be confident to play in international tournaments.
11. Name any 3 active Cricket Clubs from your locality, Country. Also mention the name and email id of these 3 clubs.
La Reina Cricket Club
Las Condes Cricket Club
La Dehesa Cricket Club
12. Would you like to nominate any club from your country for a free website from Global Cricket Community? If Yes, Why?
I would love for the Academia Nacional de Cricket to get a website to lift the profile of cricket and also to direct people to a website that all the information and a data base so we can grow our audience send mass e mails, so we can update news and links, training videos for