The Gloucestershire Cricket Board (GCB) has named its county and district squads for its winter training programme. The players – who range in age from Under 10s to Under 17s – have been selected to take part in 12, weekly, two-hour coaching sessions from January to March.
The squads were chosen following a rigorous trialling process that ran from late July to mid-September. The eight boys’ county squads feature players from 44 different clubs – 37 from within Gloucestershire. Dumbleton CC leads the way with 14 of their players picked, followed by Winterbourne (13), Bristol YMCA (9) and Frocester (8)*.
The 2018 boys winter programme has undergone a couple of minor changes with the Under 14 and Under 15 Development squads reverting from two squads (one north, one south) to a single training group. As in previous years there will be full district programmes at Under 11, 12 and 13 featuring Bristol, Stroud and South Gloucestershire, Cheltenham and Cotswolds and Gloucester and the Forest of Dean.
Gloucestershire head of talent pathway Tim Hancock said: “Yet again thequality of cricketers attending trials is improving year on year and we have received wonderful feedback from our coaches. We look forward to helping them continue their development this winter. “The team of coaches has been supplemented by Cheltenham CC’s Stuart Houghton who has taken over as coach of the Under 14 Development side and there have been several changes at district level.
The girls’ county squads – Under 11, 13, 15 and 17 – have been picked from 29 clubs – 25 from within Gloucestershire. 18 of the players picked come from Frenchay CC, with Dumbleton (6) also well-represented. GCB women and girls’ development officer Lisa Pagett said: “As the women and girls game grows in both profile and numbers, we are seeing more girls being nominated for trials each year. This really tough decisions but just shows the growing depth of quality in the girls’ game.”
GCB community coach Gareth Dawson has taken over as coach of the Girls Under 17s in the main change to the coaching set-up.