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Steve Snell to work with Young Lions

Somerset Academy Director, Steve Snell will be joining the four Somerset players in the Young Lions squad.

The former wicketkeeper has been named as the fielding coach for their upcoming training camps in Loughborough and India that are taking place this autumn.

This is the first time that Steve has been involved in an England overseas tour, so naturally he’s delighted to be working alongside his young protégés.

“I’m really pleased and it’s an exciting opportunity,” he said. “Having aided a number of our player’s progression from the Academy to the England Under 19s during my tenure over the past four or five years, and having spent some time in the sub-continent as a player and a coach, I feel I’ve got some good skills to add value to the Young Lions programme, particularly with part of the winter programme being a training camp in Bangalore.”

Regarding his appointment Steve said: “Every English player’s dream is to pull on the Three Lions, and when you don’t do that as a player the next best thing is to get involved with the national setup from a coaching perspective.

“I feel very proud to be able to get involved, and to be working with the best young players in the country is an exciting proposition. There will no doubt be some ideas that I can bring back to Somerset to increase the quality of what we do, so I think that this is a good thing from the Club’s perspective too.

“People ask me where I see myself going in the long term, and the reality is that I’m not looking too far ahead because I love what I’m doing now. We’re on a really good journey and we’re looking to improve the Academy programme all the time. I feel that I’ve got a lot of time and energy left to do that well. I’m delighted to be involved with England Young Lions, but I’m certainly not wishing away my time with Somerset, and I’m also very grateful to the Club for allowing me to spend some time away.”

Are there any plans for Steve to accompany the tour party when they go on tour to Bangladesh early in 2019?

“At present there are no plans for that to happen,” said Steve. “All I want to do is make sure that I can make a difference to the players who are involved in the training camps, and make sure that they are as prepared as possible.”

Regarding the large Somerset contingent selected for the training camps Steve said: “We’ve got four players from Somerset involved in the main squad to India in addition to which Sam Young has been picked as a reserve.

“This is testament to the quality of the players that are coming through at the moment. Currently, the entry level to our Academy at Somerset is extremely high and I believe it’s a very strong programme to be involved in. We’ve got some extremely talented coaches who are offering high challenges and significant support to our elite young players in a variety of ways and I feel privileged to have such talented team to work with.

“It’s a great sign that we’ve got so many players making that step into the England squads and it’s a real fillip for the coaches that are working externally with the players at their clubs and schools. These individuals put in so much time and effort with these players and it’s very important that this is recognised.”

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