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2019 Academy Induction Evening

The 2019 Somerset Academy induction evening took place on Thursday in the Somerset Pavilion at the Cooper Associates County Ground.

In addition to the Academy cricketers, members of the Emerging Player Program (EPP) and the Potential Somerset Player Program (PSPP) along with their parents, gathered together for what was a fascinating evening packed with information about what each of the squad members can look forward to.

The event began with a buffet in the Stragglers Coffee House before the 80-plus attendees made their way to the 1875 Club.

Somerset Director of Cricket, Andy Hurry officially opened proceedings and welcomed the young cricketers plus representatives from Cornwall CCC and the ECB. He spoke to the group about the wonderful opportunity that each of them has been given.

Jamie Thorpe (SCCC Head of Science & Medicine) outlined the screening process, the injury protocol and health insurance. He then introduced Chris Hollands who is the Academy Physio.

James Alway, the Pathway Strength & Conditioning Coach, talked about his expectations of those present and also introduced the Team App.

Academy Director, Steve Snell then talked about the recent success of graduates over the last four years. Eight have gone on to play for the Somerset First Team, 11 have gone on to play for England Under 19s and six have gained their full England cap. Everyone present then watched a short video compilation on the achievements of some of those former Academy graduates.

Matt Drakeley, the Somerset Cricket Board Head of Performance talked about the Emerging Player Program and outlined what the players involved could look forward to. Then Russell Earnshaw, who played rugby union for Bath and who is now a motivational coach and worked a lot with the England Rugby XV, ran an activity that involved everyone present.

SCCC Second XI and Batting Coach, Greg Kennis then discussed the process of transitioning from the Academy on to the professional staff and what the new intake of young players might expect.

Academy Performance Psychology Support, Chris Bodman outlined his role before former Academy graduates George Bartlett and Dom Bess were interviewed about their experiences.

The final input for the evening came from Martin Cropper who outlined the work of the PCA and how he will be involved with the Academy players in the forthcoming months.

The evening concluded with Steve Snell thanking everyone present for their support and input.

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