Further Education Cricket Academy Working Well

A number of young cricketers involved in the Somerset Cricket Board Further Education Cricket Academy impressed for Somerset Second XI recently in the big local County Championship derby against Gloucestershire at Taunton Vale Sports Club.

Alfie Ogborne, Max Horton and Max Toohey, who all attend or have attended Richard Huish College, featured in the game alongside the likes of Tom Banton, Ben Green, Will Smeed, Ned Leonard and Sam Young.

Former Somerset allrounder and current Head Coach of Somerset Cricket Board Further Education Cricket Academy, Keith Parsons outlines the importance of the programme: “It’s designed to help highlight the late developers or those who are not quite picked up on the main Academies. It gives the players the chance to train at the Cooper Associates County Ground three times a week under the guidance of specialised coaches. It also gives them the chance to train in the same arena as the likes of Jack Leach and James Hildreth, whilst pushing their case for further honours.

“It’s good recognition for hard work. The College Cricket Academy has been running for a long time and it’s well respected in the area. It’s great to see the three guys playing in the same Second XI game, and Hugo Whitlock played for the Seconds earlier in the year. James Hayes, who was also involved in the programme last year has just signed an extended trial at Nottinghamshire. It’s just great to see.

“It shows that there isn’t just one route on the path to becoming a professional cricketer and it’s a good avenue for youngsters to see that there is an option when they get to 16, whether that be playing or coaching.”

SCCC Head of Talent Pathway, Steve Snell is delighted that this element of the Player Pathway is bearing fruit. “It’s superb to see the College Cricket Academy helping the players to transition onto the Somerset Player Pathway and indeed into the Second XI,” he said. “The programme provides a great opportunity for the players to combine their educational aspirations with their cricketing development and ambition. The current crop of players that are working within the programme are showing a lot of promise.”

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