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As we embark on the 2019/20 winter, we thought it appropriate time to provide an update on the Cricket Wales pathway as we look forward to the 2020 summer.

It has been a busy last 18 months since the pathway changed in its structure, on and off the field. In November 2018 Cricket Wales announced significant change to the player pathway, including the discontinuation of Wales Age Group Squads at U11 and U12 and the emergence of Regional Performance Centres to replace the traditional National Development Centres. The structure had been the culmination of an extensive collaboration and consultation process with key personnel within the ECB, Cricket Wales, Glamorgan County Cricket Club and Regional Cricket in addition to practitioners within the field of youth and athletic development. The Cricket Wales professional staff delivered a series of pathway evenings to communicate the changes and we thank all those that attended to hear them. 

The game as we know never stands still, and whilst the changes will continue to embed themselves across the country they endeavour to make the player pathway an environment that cultivates and supports talent optimisation irrespective of geography.

It is essential that players and parents understand that whilst they are at a certain stage of the pathway now, it is constantly being scrutinised and reviewed. Transition between Regional Cricket, Regional Performance Centres and Wales Age Groups is expected at various ages and stages. It is important players continue to challenge for places at all time and recognise that talent development is a non-linear process. It is natural to have speed bumps along the way, as players skill, physicality and mentality evolves at varying rates and stages. Placement into a certain stage does not dictate where you will end up being.

Any New Changes for 2019/20?

Cricket Wales North 

Over the last 3 months Cricket Wales has continued to make changes where necessary which has seen the emergence of Cricket Wales North (CWN) - a structure that encompasses Eyri and North East regions in addition to the large Mid Wales that has been largely inactive in its pathway activity over recent years.

Cricket Wales continues to monitor and review the national pathway's changes and impacts and we warmly welcome any feedback or enquiries regarding it.

Winter Development Festivals

Where the WDFs were invitational and inclusive to all RPC players last year, for 2019/20 they will be invitational only. The objective is still to keep these reasonably large but to be more focused and selective than in 2018/19. Dates of the first festival, all of which are held at the National Cricket Centre at Glamorgan CCC (11am-5pm) are as follows: 

2nd January 2020: U11 / U12 Boys

3rd January 2020: U13 / U14 Boys 

4th January 2020: U15 / U17 Boys 

5th January 2020: Girls 

Glamorgan CCC & Cricket Wales Age Groups 

Significantly compared to previous years, is that Glamorgan CCC will be responsible for the running, staffing and selection of the Wales Age Group teams. Cricket Wales will continue to manage and deliver the winter and summer RPC programme (and CWN), regional cricket provision and will work closely with Glamorgan as selection for age group teams narrows. After the January WDF (see above), Glamorgan will run the February & April editions. All queries regarding selection should therefore be directed to Richard Almond (Glamorgan CCC Head of Talent Development) in the first instance, and then the relevant age group coach when appropriate.

 

For any general queries around the pathway contact the Cricket Wales Talent Programme Manager Matt Thompson on matt.thompson@cricketwales.org.uk 

   

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 


 

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