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Gary Yates attends County Academy Directors Meeting

Gary Yates attends County Academy Directors Meeting

Gary Yates attends County Academy Directors Meeting

Lancashire Cricket Academy Director, Gary Yates, joined representatives from all 18 first-class counties, who gathered at the National Cricket Performance Centre in Loughborough last week, as momentum gathers over new plans to support the County Talent Pathway.

The counties and the ECB united in their support of Cricket Unleashed on the crucial importance of developing home-grown players for county and international cricket, using the network of 18 first-class counties, and 21 non-first class counties.

That led in the spring of 2017 to the appointment of Alun Powell, who had previously worked in both codes of rugby, as the ECB’s new National Talent Manager for men’s cricket.

And now, one year on, Powell assembled the Academy Directors from the first-class counties to outline details of the Talent Map, the ECB’s strategy to support the County Talent Pathway.

Yates believes that meetings like the one held at Loughborough are a significant step towards the increased support of the County Talent Pathway and recognises his duty at Lancashire to continue to develop home-grown talent.

Lancashire’s Academy Director, Gary Yates, said, “It was a really productive meeting at Loughborough last week and it is always good for the ECB and the counties to get together and have discussions like this.

“Our record of producing home-grown talent here at Lancashire is very good, with players from our Academy regularly going on to play first class cricket and in recent years the likes of Haseeb Hameed and Liam Livingstone have also gone on to make their England debuts.

“Over the winter, we had four players in Alex Davies, Matthew Parkinson, Saqib Mahmood and Liam Livingstone who have all come through the Academy, representing England Lions in Australia and the West Indies.

“We are proud to have 18 home-grown players in our First Team squad of 25. It is this track record that keeps both players and coaches hungry to continue our proud tradition of producing talent.”

ECB’s National Talent Manager, Powell added, “It was a really significant and uplifting day for those of us at the ECB involved with the County Talent Pathway, and I hope the guys who made the effort to attend from the counties at such a busy time of year would agree.

“They have such important roles, back at their counties and therefore for us at the ECB. The great thing for me was to see their enthusiasm to enhance the system, and their desire to play a key part in the changes we’re making.

“The Academy Directors are doing great work, and we want to improve the support we provide to them. Through our Regional Talent Managers, we will have a much greater presence in the academies and will support the delivery of coach development, parent education, and the Academy Director with their planning and delivery of pathway programmes.

“We’re working towards 2025 as the stated goal to have established a game-wide, connected and world-renowned talent pathway. This 2018-20 period is all about establishing the foundations, as a key part of the new County Partnership Agreement – and taking in various key strands of Cricket Unleashed such as our South Asian Strategy to increase the reach of our counties.”

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