Over the last 10 years we have been hugely proud of the ‘District’ programme for junior cricketers. This has provided opportunities for hundreds of young cricketers to receive an annual programme of coaching and match play. It has also created a large pool of players that compete for County places for age groups from under 10s to 15s.
Our main purpose of running District cricket has been to improve young cricketers so they:
- Are more likely to stay in the game once they reach the common drop off age of 15 and
- Improve as players so themselves and local cricket clubs see the long term benefit in years to come
District Cricket has always been delivered side by side with the County programme and been administered and managed by us the Gloucestershire Cricket Board (GCB). As part of the new County Partnership Agreement with the ECB, first class counties now have to deliver their own junior county programme. In real terms this means the Gloucestershire County Cricket Club (GCCC) have taken over the management of the junior county programme. Tim Hancock (Head of Performance) has now been tupeed across to the GCCC.
There are no expectations from the ECB to for us to deliver any junior programmes under County level however we feel that there has to be opportunities for young cricketers that fall under County level. This is where the new Zonal programme sits.
The Zonal programme will consist of two squads per age group from Under 10s to 13s. Each squad will consist of 18 players meaning 144 young cricketers will receive a full performance programme. This involves a 12 week winter coaching programme where each squad receives 2 hours coaching per week.
Once players have completed the winter programme, squads will be created to play in the Gloucestershire Youth Cricket League (GYCL). This league provides opportunities for young cricketers to play longer innings matches on Sunday’s during the summer months. The GYCL is a club based competition so the squads created will play against club teams.
Zonal players that play at clubs already in the GYCL will continue to play for their club. Players that play at clubs that don’t enter the GYCL will play in the squads made up by us at the GCB. The GYCL competitions are Under 11s, 13s and 15s. This means the Under 11s and 13s competitions will see an increase in the number of teams and the quality of players competing.
This programme is still in its infancy and we envisage changes and improvements as it evolves. We are hugely excited and feel that players and clubs will see the long term benefit.
2021 Winter Programme (January 10th to March 28th)
|Zonal Boys||U10 North||U10 South||U11 North||U11 South|
|Venue||Uni of Glos||Yate Academy||Uni of Glos||Yate Academy|
|Zonal Boys||U12 North||U12 South||U13 North||U13 South|
|Venue||Uni of Glos||Wycliffe College||Uni of Glos||Wycliffe College|
The 2021 Zonal squads have been announced. Please click the ‘More Info’ button under each to view the squad…
Under 10s Squad
Under 11s Squad
Under 12s Squad
Under 13s Squad
For more information, please contact:
Mobile – 07557 924941