Additional Youth Coaching proving a success with the Age Groups
The additional coaching that was introduced by the then newly appointed SCB Head Coach Greg Kennis is starting to produce improved results and three years later both the Under 14 and Under 15 boy’s teams have reached the latter stages of their respective ECB national competitions.
This year the Somerset Under 15 reached the quarter-finals of their ECB national 50 over competition, before travelling to the City of London School on Sunday Surrey where they were knocked out on a rain affected wicket.
The Under 14’s won their regional ECB 45 over competition, remaining unbeaten after wining six of their eight matches with the other two cancelled by the rain.
The SCB Head coach Greg Kennis said: “One of the first things that I introduced when I was appointed was to increase the amount of coaching for the age groups and this looks to be paying dividends.
“The Under 14s will have benefitted from three years of extra coaching and contact time, while the Under 15s will have enjoyed two years of more coaching and these results seem to bear out that they are now at a more competitive level.”
In addition to the team’s success two Somerset Under 15s took part in the Bunbury Festival this year and helped the South West to lift the trophy- Charles Clist and Ned Dunning, while Ed Eminson was a reserve.
“This is the first time in a number of years that the South West have lifted the trophy at Bunbury and the two Somerset boys both certainly made invaluable contributions.”
Kennis added: “Over the next few years the youngsters who have received this additional time will form the bulk of the age group sides moving forward and a few of them will no doubt also be pushing for Academy places in the forseeable future.”