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It is with regret that we have had to discontinue the Academy due to lack of funding and a declining interest from players whose time is increasingly taken up with GCSE examinations.  However, we still offer the Cricket Young Leaders course with the view to players becoming involved youth coaching.  Take-up of this is good and eight of our coaches involved in thhis winter's GACC coaching sessions played for Gwent Young Cricketers within the last ten years.

The idea of setting up a Gwent Academy for our U16 male players was the brainchild of Paul Morgan (then the U15 Gwent Manager).  He was concerned at the number of players who are lost to the game of cricket when they finish playing at youth level and it was his wish that something should be provided for some of our young cricketers to help them make the transition between youth and senior cricket. 

The Academy’s programme consisted of three main elements:

  • A meeting involving the player, his family and a representative of the player's club, with the Academy Manager, to look at the best way for the player to move forward.
  • Participation in a Cricket Young Leaders course with the view to the player becoming involved in his club's youth coaching organisation.
  • A two-day coaching session during the Easter holidays plus a one-day session during the summer half-term.
  • A short programme of matches.

Players who have attended the GACC coaching sessions were, in the year they reached they age of 15, invited to apply for membership and will be subject to a selection process. 

Martin and Julia Detheridge with Paul Morgan

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