The reputation of Worcestershire to be a club that provides opportunities to young players continues to grow. Almost a decade ago the club made a conscious effort to invest in developing home grown players. The club has done this in conjunction with support from local schools, satellite academies and the Worcestershire Cricket Board.
The academy programme overseen for over a decade by Damian D'Oliveira and now Elliot Wilson continues to identify and develop players from across the region. The close links with surrounding counties provide opportunities for players from across the region to access high quality support.
Josh Tongue, Ben Twohig, Ed Barnard, Joe Clarke, Joe Leach, Tom Fell, Ben Cox, Brett D'Oliveira, Daryl Mitchell and Tom Kholer-Cadmore are all current WCCC professionals to of come through the academy.
Previous players, Steve Davies, Neil Pinner, Matt Pardoe, Richard Jones and Dave Wheeldon have also come through the academy.
In recent times the academy has been recognised with significant regional and national representation. In 2014 the academy was repressed at Super 4s by 5 players and 6 in 2015. In 2015 4 Worcestershire players represented the Midlands Bunbury U15 side with 3 going on to play in the North vs South 3 day event.
The academy has 3 players selected for this years EDP with Ben Twohig on standby for the U19 WC in early 2016, Ben is joined on the EDP by Josh Dell and Josh Tongue.
The development of all players on the programme is closely monitored by Steve, Matt and Kevin supported by Lynsey Williams from the PCA with a keen eye on their dual aspirations.
The academy can be found training most evenings and weekends at Malvern College and we encourage all members and supporters to pop in to see what the future Moeen Ali’s and Daryl Mitchell’s look like.