The cream of Yorkshire County Cricket Club’s aspiring young cricketers who are not yet under contract will benefit from an annual Scholarship plan which is to be introduced by Yorkshire CCC’s Players’ Association.

The money will be taken from the Association’s discretionary fund and Yorkshire’s director of cricket, Martyn Moxon, has agreed to chair a meeting of the Club coaches and Association representatives to move the plan forward.

It is expected they will select appropriate young players to benefit from the Scholarship through assisting them to attend overseas training at specialist training camps, so speeding up their development.

The initiative follows a discussion at the Association’s recent annual general meeting when the trustees were asked to consider how a consistent and worthwhile allocation of their grant monies could be established.

As a result, Martyn was approached by the trustees and he was more than happy to be a key part of the selection process.

In financing the Scholarship, the Association feel that the recipients will be able to see the clear connection between Yorkshire players past and future.

Since the Players’ Association was formed over ten years ago its discretionary fund has supported some extremely worthwhile projects which have seen a number of young players benefit from one-off donations to cover costs and expenses of overseas training.

“As a Players’ Association we think it is very important that we do everything we can to support our young cricketers who are making their way up the ladder,” said chairman, Neil Hartley. “If we can play a small part in helping to turn some of these lads into fully fledged Yorkshire players we will be very happy.”

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