After an extensive period of consultation, discussion and collaboration with all existing regional organisations across Wales, Cricket Wales announced changes to the structure of provision of regional cricket within the national pathway in August 2020 to ensure that the future direction of junior representative cricket is an exciting one.
The regional programme now encompasses four regions across the U11-15 age groups (U10s to be come in during 2021/22); these are Cricket Wales North (CWN), Cricket Wales South (CWS), Cricket Wales East (CWE) and Cricket Wales West (CWW).
The below document was produced document to facilitate the understanding of the new regional cricket structure that will commence from January 2021, to come into effect for the 2021 season.
Pathway Changes Information Document
“The changes will give every young cricketer the very best opportunity to reach their potential. Cricket Wales, and I personally would like to place on record our sincere gratitude to all of the regions who have worked tirelessly to ensure this strand of the pathway remains a key one moving forward. We look forward to sharing and implementing the plans of the new structure, and continue to enhance our relationships with clubs and Glamorgan County Cricket Club who link in to the pathway either side of us.” (Matt Thompson, Cricket Wales Head of Talent Pathway)
"We at Glamorgan Cricket are fully committed to continue to produce a high quality home grown young cricketers. Our relationship with Cricket Wales is crucial to being able to achieve those aims and these exciting changes to the regional programme across Wales will further enhance our performance pathways. We look forward to working with all four regions in our quest to find and develop the next, and future generations of Welsh cricket talent." (Richard Almond, Glamorgan CCC Head of Talent Development)
It is worth noting that the structure and subsequent programme was originally scheduled for a November 2020 start date. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic there are various aspects of the programme that will sadly not be able to evolve to their fullest extent until the October/November of 2021 and the summer of 2022.
These are detailed in this document, but should you have any queries please do not hesitate to get in touch. Any queries or questions on the back of the information document should be sent to your regional Pathway Lead.