MCC show sup­port for Girls’ Academy

The Cricket Paper - - FEATURE - By Seth Fran­cis

MID­DLE­SEX and Maryle­bone Cricket Club (MCC) have joined forces to launch a new per­for­mance academy for women and girls.

The academy, which will sup­port play­ers aged be­tween 16 to 24 years from Mid­dle­sex and the sur­round­ing ar­eas, will en­able par­tic­i­pants to spend weekly con­tact time with coaches in or­der to de­velop their tech­ni­cal, tac­ti­cal and phys­i­cal skills.

The aim of the academy is to pro­vide a link be­tween county age group cricket and the higher end of the path­way by pre­par­ing play­ers to not only rep­re­sent Mid­dle­sex (or another home county), but to per­form at the re­quired level to make re­gional and na­tional squads, too.

Mem­bers of the academy will be se­lected from the cur­rent Mid­dle­sex county age-group and se­nior squads, as well as neigh­bour­ing coun­ties and other part­ners. MCC and Mid­dle­sex Cricket will also work with lo­cal univer­si­ties to iden­tify stu­dents who would ben­e­fit from be­ing part of the ini­tia­tive.

Claire Tay­lor, chair of MCC women’s sub­com­mit­tee, said: “I’m ex­cited about the new MCC and Mid­dle­sex cricket academy, which will give a path­way for tal­ented fe­male crick­eters to achieve their po­ten­tial. To­gether, MCC and Mid­dle­sex can pro­vide ac­cess to a range of ac­tiv­i­ties which will help play­ers make the jump to the next level.”

Rory Coutts, Mid­dle­sex Cricket’s as­sis­tant head of youth cricket, added: “The game is de­vel­op­ing and in or­der to keep play­ers mov­ing for­ward the ex­tra sup­port play­ers will get through the academy will help to ac­cel­er­ate their de­vel­op­ment.”

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