Monday 22 June 2009 

Yorkshire CCC Launch New Coaching Partnership

A major new coaching initiative has been launched at Headingley Carnegie Cricket Ground this morning which will see the county’s leading cricket coaches scour the region in search of the next Tim Bresnan or Adil Rashid.

Extending its successful coaching structure based at Headingley Carnegie, The Yorkshire County Cricket Club has linked up with Pro Coach Cricket Academy, which is headed by current players, Andrew Gale and Chris Taylor. With more cricket played in Yorkshire than any other county, this exciting new partnership will allow the highest quality cricket coaching to take place at a wide variety of venues from Sheffield in the south to Middlesbrough in the North.

The coaching partnership will be jointly owned by a new charity, The Yorkshire Cricket Foundation (YCF) and Pro-Coach Cricket Academy. The YCF will have trustee representation from the professional game in the shape of The Yorkshire County Cricket Club and the grass roots of the game via The Yorkshire Cricket Board. All of the courses will not only be “officially” endorsed by YCCC and YCB to fit in with the County Board Development Strategy but and also run and managed by the club’s leading coaches and players.

YCCC Chief Executive, Stewart Regan, said: “This is really exciting - Yorkshire is a vast county with lots of talented cricketers out there and for the first time we are going to take our leading players and coaches into their back gardens.  Our aim is very simple: we need to take Yorkshire cricket to the community, enabling more youngsters of all ages and abilities the opportunity to play cricket whilst remaining on the look out for the next generation of players.”

Importantly the business will also provide an opportunity to generate funds for the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation which will be ploughed back into developing up and coming talent, women and girls, special needs /disability groups, Black Minority Ethnic groups and providing support to those from disadvantaged backgrounds. It will not only ensure that youngsters who have the desire can participate in cricket but will also allow the club the chance to identify any players missed by the current Pathways to Excellence programme.

The new partnership, which will use a mix of its current players and coaches, will concentrate on providing development courses as well as specialist skills master classes for children of all ages and standards. With 17 different venues across the county whatever the skill level of the child, from beginner to junior County player, the new venture will benefit each participant technically, mentally, physically and also improve their confidence.

Ashley Metcalfe, General Manager of the Indoor Cricket Centre, said: “This is really exciting - Yorkshire is a vast county with lots of talented cricketers out there and for the first time we are going to take our leading players and coaches in to their back gardens.  Our aim is very simple we need to take Yorkshire cricket to the community, enabling more youngsters of all ages and abilities the opportunity to play cricket whilst remaining on the look out for the next generation of players. The new partnership, which will use a mix of its current players and coaches, will concentrate on providing development courses as well as specialist skills master classes for children of all ages and standards.  We are very keen to increase the opportunities for youngsters to participate in cricket and also to identify any players missed by the current system.”

Andrew Gale said: “At the Pro Coach Cricket Academy we see this partnership with YCCC as the natural progression for our coaching activities. We’ve been very busy over recent years in building a presence throughout Yorkshire and we know that we can be even more successful in the future with the Club’s endorsement.”

Chris Taylor, said: “As Yorkshire players, Andrew and I wanted to build greater links with our own club. It is a great honour to play cricket for your county and hopefully we can help some young cricketers achieve that goal. With 17 different venues across the county whatever the skill level of the child, from beginner to junior County player, the new venture will benefit each participant technically, mentally, physically and also improve their confidence. There really is something for everyone.”

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