The reputation of Worcestershire in being 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.
George Scrimshaw, Oli Westbury, Zen Malik, Josh Dell, Alex Milton, 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.
As we head into 2017 we again hope the year will be a fruitful one for the young cricketers involved in the Academy, Performance and Pathway programmes here at New Road. It is an exciting time for representative cricket here in Worcestershire with the pathway from Junior Academy (U8/9/10) through to the full Academy U16/17/18/19) for the first time being under one banner. Worcestershire CCC will provide the direction for the pathway from 2017 onwards allowing the CCC to have an influence over the experiences of all representative cricketers.
The Academy in recent times has been productive for the CCC with twelve WCCC professional players coming through the programme and at various times in the summer ten players featuring in the 1XI . 2016 sore 5 WCCC academy players represent England U19s and another receive a call up. We sore two players feature at the EDP U17 Super 4s with Josh Haynes captaining and four feature at the Bunbury U15 Festival. Three players went on to be selected for the Best of Bunbury North v South game and two ultimately selected to represent England Schools in a 30th anniversary tour in recognition of the 30th year of Bunburys. Jack Haynes will captain the England Schools side to tour Sri Lanka in March 2017. Both Josh Dell and George Scrimshaw were selected onto the ECB Young Lions programme for 2016/17.
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.
The pathway as a whole now spreads across two key areas:
· The Worcestershire Development Programme (WDP)
· The Worcestershire Performance Programme (WPP)
You will see below that the WDP covers the Junior Academy, County Age Group and Rapids programmes with the WPP covering the Development of Excellence, Emerging Players Programme, Academy Skill Sets, Satellite Academy and Full Academy.