The Yorkshire County Cricket Club has agreed a partnership with one of the country’s leading independent schools Queen Ethelburga’s in York.
The exciting partnership will see both institutions develop a number of initiatives including the creation of a joint cricket academy for talented and committed players between the ages of 16 and 19, which will be the pinnacle of the partnership.
Furthermore, Queen Ethelburga’s Cricket Academy Programme will aim to maximise the development of players from the ages of 11 to 16 with Academy teams at U12 and U14 playing District and County representative matches. Both programmes are supported by Yorkshire CCC, which aims to develop cricketing potential while, at the same time, allowing students to access an outstanding academic education.
Commenting on the partnership, Yorkshire’s Director of Cricket Martyn Moxon, said:
“It is exciting that we are able to develop our successful Academy under the auspices of the region’s leading independent school for sport in Queen Ethelburga’s.
“The fundamental goal of the Yorkshire Cricket Academy Programme recognises that players develop at different ages. To achieve this, a detailed coaching and playing programme has been developed with the school to provide everything that is required from a cricketing point of view. Added to that, students will have the advantage of receiving a full-time independent school education at one of the highest performing establishments in the country.”
Former Yorkshire cricketer and Queen Ethelburga’s Director of Cricket, Ishy Dawood, says this is an amazing opportunity for young cricketers to get top level coaching as well as an outstanding academic education:
“The programme is a brilliant chance for Queen Ethelburga’s to work with Yorkshire County Cricket Club to help develop the potential of young players,” he said.
“Our academy students will need to be passionate about the sport and have the drive and commitment to play and train at the very highest levels.
“It will also be a fantastic chance for pupils to learn in an excellent academic establishment.
“Queen Ethelburga’s has been ranked as one of the top independent schools in the country and our cricket staff will work very closely with our teachers to make sure that players achieve highly both in the classroom and on the field. If you want to play cricket at the top level in the region and learn in a first-rate school then our academy could be the answer.”
The Elite Tier players will represent the school in the national T20 competition against the strongest school sides in the country. Under the guidance of Yorkshire CCC, players will have access to play for the county in the ECB Yorkshire Premier League on a Saturday afternoon and play further competitive fixtures for Queen Ethelburga’s against county cricket academies, universities and county age group teams on Sunday.
Students will be given bespoke training programmes including access to a full-time strength and conditioning coach and access to physiotherapy treatment and sports massages.