Friday 22 August 2008 

New Cricket Qualification For Yorkshire Youngsters

On Friday, August 22, James Finch, James Lee, Oliver Hannon-Dalby and Rochelle Petty will become the first recipients of the Advanced Apprenticeship of Sporting Excellence (AASE) a new qualification designed to provide key skills and qualifications to young cricketers aged 16-19.

ECB Performance Manager, David Graveney will make the presentation during the interval of the NatWest One Day International at Headingley Carnegie Cricket Ground.

In an innovative partnership between the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), players attending cricket academies can gain additional qualifications and skills whilst furthering their cricket careers through the AASE programme.

The four are all attendees at the Yorkshire CCC Cricket Academy. James, Oliver, Rochelle and James have reached the key stages of the Apprenticeship; working for 780 hours (the equivalent of 2 ‘A’ Levels), achieving Key Skills at Level 2 in communication and application, a BTEC National Award in Sport, and the ECB delivered NVQ element of the qualification. The NVQ Level 3 in Sporting Excellence includes education on physical conditioning, lifestyle, nutrition, business management and media training, providing a portfolio of understanding for young cricketers as they embark on their senior careers.

All 16-18 year olds within First Class County Academies are eligible to join the scheme, which lasts approximately 22 months. By December 2008, a further 49 players are expected to complete the Apprenticeship.

James Finch said: "I really enjoyed the Apprenticeship course and feel this will be invaluable to me as something to fall back on should my cricket career not kick on as I would hope it will do. I’d like to thank Tony Pickersgill for his help and assistance throughout the course."

Oliver Hannon-Dalby said: "To be given the opportunity to do this Apprenticeship alongside my cricket has been terrific and wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for the help of Tony Pickersgill and the Club. I’m indebted to him for giving me a career path outside of cricket and am looking forward to being presented with my award during the ODI on Friday."

Margaret Coleman, Regional Director for the LSC Yorkshire and the Humber, says:

"Apprenticeships can open doors to many careers in a wide variety of sectors, including sports. The AASE programme has been extremely successful in Yorkshire and the Humber since its launch, and it continues to help young athletes on their quest for success. Congratulations to today's AASE recipients, along with our other AASE apprentices in Beijing - it's great to see British athletes achieving success, both at home and abroad."