Academy Induction Evening

The Academy Induction evening took place in the 1875 Club on Tuesday, and brought together over two dozen of the most talented young cricketers from across the South West.

In addition to the Academy cricketers, members of the Emerging Player Programme (EPP) and the Potential Somerset Player Programme (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 evening started with a meal in the Stragglers Coffee House before the 80 plus attendees made their way up to the 1875 Club, where Somerset CCC Chief Executive, Andrew Cornish talked about the ethos of the Club and welcomed everybody to the Somerset Family.

Director of Cricket, Andy Hurry spoke to the group about the wonderful opportunity that each of them has been given and told them that the hard work starts now.

Mark Wallace, from the Professional Cricketers Association, talked to the group about their personal development and welfare, and told the young cricketers that Somerset was one of the top County Academies in the country.

Jamie Thorpe (Head of Science and Medicine) and James Alway (Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach) both talked about their roles in working with the programme members.

Everyone present watched a short video compilation on the views of players and members of staff regarding Somerset CCC’s values of Commitment, Family and Respect.

Tom Lammonby, who signed a professional contract with Somerset after graduating from the Academy this summer, gave a fascinating insight into how he organized his life while he was part of the programme, which included dealing with injuries and balancing his education with cricket.

Matt Drakeley, the Somerset Cricket Board’s Head of Performance, talked about the Emerging Player Programme and outlined what the players involved could look forward to.

Somerset Club Captain, Tom Abell and Head Coach, Jason Kerr were then interviewed about their perspectives on the transition between the Academy and the playing staff and transitioning through to being a successful First Class player and beyond.

The evening concluded with Academy Director, Steve Snell talking through the key elements of the Academy programme, and he concluded by reminding everyone that cricket is a game and has to be enjoyed.

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