Cricket: County youngsters selected for elite programme
STAFFORDSHIRE Cricket have announced the 11 players who will form their Emerging Players Programme for 2012/2013.
The programme will see a dedicated support team provide an intensive schedule of strength and conditioning, sports psychology, nutrition, technical and tactical elements for the players who have been identified as having the potential to progress into the first-class game or national representation.
Louis Allison (Porthill Park), Austen Crump (Meir Heath), Daniel Gibbs (Leycett), Robert Hemmings (Audley), Elysse Lally (Silverdale), Hamaiz Mahmood (Moddershall), Anis Raza (Moddershall), Aidan Schmid (Stone SP), George Sellers (Endon), Sam Slater (Leek) and Richard Williams (Moddershall) have all been selected.
The programme is run under the guidance of EPP head coach Alan Hill, alongside performance officer Bob Askey and level three coach Malcolm Milward.
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The players also receive support from members of staff from Staffordshire University including strength and conditioning coach Phil Burgess-Walker and sports psychologist Dr Jamie Barker.
Each player will receive around five hours contact time per week for the 20-week duration of the programme which will hopefully see them springboard into the realms of the England Development Programme, following in the footsteps of Will Davies who has been on the EDP for the last two years.
Staffordshire Cricket Development Manager, Jason Britton said: "The EPP is a fantastic opportunity for our talented young players to progress.
"We invest considerable time, resource and finance into the programme and we expect that to be met with a great deal of commitment from the players.
"Each player has obviously got significant talent and we expect them to display the desire and attitude that could see them making a career in the game."
The programme will run through until July next year.
OFFICIALS from the Phoenix 15 League have secured the sponsorship of Coors Brewers for the 2013 season.
It will be the seventh year the two parties have joined forces to provide midweek cricket in North Staffordshire and South Cheshire.
The competition enjoyed another successful summer with a recent 'Antiques Antics' evening with expert Adam Partridge raising in excess of £340.
Added to the money raised on Finals Day at Wood Lane in August, more than £1,100 has been donated to the 2012 nominated charity Brusheads of Sandbach.
Chairman Ken Lightfoot said: "This is a brilliant effort by our clubs and supporters and, is a record annual amount we have raised and donated.
"It has been a very successful year and one which we hope to build on."
Any clubs who would like details of the competition with a view to joining for the 2013 season, are asked to contact the secretary Roger Machin on firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone (01782) 636351.
Applications from two new clubs have already been received and more will be welcome before the closing date of December 31.