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Potential Stars of the Future Brought Together in Academy Induction Evening

The Induction Evening for the Academy 2017-18 programme took place in the Somerset Pavilion’s 1875 Club last Wednesday evening.

All of the Academy intake along with those on the Emerging Players Programme (EPP) and their parents began the occasion with an informal buffet in the Stragglers Coffee House before moving upstairs for the formal part of the evening.

Steve Snell, the Director of the Somerset Academy, hosted the evening and introduced some of the special guests who included new SCCC Director of Cricket Andy Hurry, new Head Coach Jason Kerr, Chief Executive Lee Cooper and several members of the senior playing staff.

Steve told those present that the current Somerset first team contained eight players who had progressed through the Academy and then talked about some of the practicalities of the coming year’s programme. The following video was then played to the room to provide inspiration to those embarking on a journey towards professional cricket.

Andy Hurry set the scene for what was a highly informative occasion covering all aspects of Academy life with an inspirational speech that left those present in no doubt of what overall expectations were for Somerset.

Paul Tweddle, Somerset Assistant Coach then gave an illustrated talk on World Class Practice after which Greg Kennis, Somerset Cricket Board Head Coach, talked to those on the Emerging Player Programme about what was expected of them.

Somerset captain Tom Abell talked to Richard Walsh about his journey through the age groups and onto the Academy as well as giving an insight into some of his experiences during the 2017 season.

Head of Science and Medicine Jamie Thorpe and Joel Tratt, the newly appointed Lead Strength and Conditioning Coach, talked about the physical side of the programme. That was followed by input from Sports Psychologist Russell Discombe on the importance of his role in the life of the Academy.

Former Glamorgan wicket-keeper Mark Wallace, the Personal Development and Welfare Coach for the Academy who is also involved with the Professional Cricketer’s Association, talked through his role in the programme.

The evening concluded with Ben Warren, Somerset’s Digital Marketing and Communications Executive offering some advice and help regarding the use of social media.

Steve Snell after the event said “The induction evening is geared up to provide as much information as possible in terms of logistics and to provide understanding of what the programme is all about. It was pleasing to see all of the players and parents from the Academy and EPP in attendance. It’s a testament to how much emotional and physical investment that is put into a players future here at Somerset County Cricket Club and all senior management and academy staff were present.”

“The reflections and feedback that I have already received indicate that the evening was informative and insightful and I am very much looking forward to watching the Academy intake work extremely hard during this programme and beyond.”

The Somerset Academy members for 2017-18 are: Will Smeed, Sam Young, Lewis Goldsworthy, Charley Reed, Tom Lammonby, Nathan Gilchrist, Ben Wells and Ned Leonard.

The EPP members for this year are: Tom Hall,  Max Toohey, Henry Smeed, Jamie Baird, George Thomas and James Rew.

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