Somerset coaches cross the border!

For a number of years there has been a close working relationship between the Somerset and Devon cricketing authorities.

Last week SCCC Director of Cricket, Andy Hurry, SCCC Academy Director, Steve Snell and Somerset Cricket Board Head Coach, Matt Drakeley travelled down the M5 to the Devon Cricket Centre at the University of Exeter to meet up with Matt Theedom, the Devon Development Manager and Sandy Allen the Pathway and Coaching Manager.

Discussing the visit Steve Snell said: “We wanted to catch up and see how things were going from their perspective. Really it was an exchange of information from both sides to see if there was anything that we can do to keep working more effectively together.

“A number of players have progressed in recent years through the Devon system and onto the Somerset Academy. In the current Somerset side we have got the Overton twins, Lewis Gregory and Dom Bess who all came through the Devon age groups and were subsequently selected on to the Somerset Academy.

“The premise of the meeting was essentially about having a chat about the best way to move forward for both parties. There is a real hub of cricketing activity in Devon with many talented players and coaches involved in the pathway. We want to make sure that there is as much two-way communication as possible between Somerset and Devon to make sure that we can provide the best possible structure and development opportunities for young players and coaches.

“We already have an excellent relationship with Devon and we are developing some good processes between us, but we do want to ensure that we are constantly engaging with our neighbours and working hard to make sure that we are being proactive in the development of cricket across the region and not just on our own doorstep.

“It’s really a case of making sure that we keep up to date with each other and cater for any needs that arise for either party in order to ensure that Devon and SCCC can collaborate effectively for the betterment of developing cricket in the region.

“There has also been some crossover with coaches from Somerset who have gone to Devon to deliver sessions on coach and player education and that will continue.”

Steve added: “There will be more conversations like this in the future with Devon and it’s encouraging that we can have such a productive discussion with talented practitioners who are obviously passionate about developing people”

This was Matt Drakeley’s first opportunity to meet up with people who are doing a similar job down in Devon since he took up his new role with the SCB. “It was a great opportunity to see Sandy and Matt again,” he said. “It’s clear that the link between Devon and Somerset has been vital for the production of professional cricketers but also to strengthen the standard of cricket across the region.

“Sandy and I will be in regular contact to share ideas about how we can offer unique development opportunities to players across the South West.”

Andy Hurry, who got to know coaches in Devon when he was previously with Somerset, said: “It was really exciting to listen to how Devon Cricket Board are looking to grow their Pathway and discuss how we can evolve our relationship with them to work even more effectively. Building a successful partnership between the Minor Counties is a key strategic ambition of the Club. I was really pleased to hear their feedback and took away some exciting ideas for how we can grow moving forward.

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