The fifth intake for the Tom Maynard Academy is complete, with eleven young cricketers confirmed on the programme with ages ranging from 17 to 26.
Gloucestershire seam bowler Ollie Currill, who attended in 2017 will be part of the programme alongside team mate and off-spinner Miles Hammond who will be taking part in the academy for the first time.
The 2018 group will spend nine days from 15th to 23rd February at the Desert Springs resort in Spain, working on a carefully planned programme covering technical skills, strength and conditioning and both individual and group activity.
The programme finishes with two special one-day matches between the Tom Maynard Academy XI and a Spanish national side at the newly constructed cricket ground at Desert Springs.
Matthew Maynard will again head the delivery of the programme and will be assisted by Assistant Head Coach at Gloucestershire Cricket, Ian Harvey.
The 2018 programme is being funded in its entirety by the Trust.
After a nominations process, the eleven successful players are:
Kieran Bull (Glamorgan), Ollie Currill (Gloucestershire), Liam Gough (Unattached), Miles Hammond (Gloucestershire), Rob Keogh (Northamptonshire), Tom Moores (Nottinghamshire), Nicholas Oxley (Sussex), Billy Root (Nottinghamshire), Tim Rouse (Somerset), Tom Sole (Northamptonshire) and Roman Walker (Glamorgan). The twelfth will be added at a later date.
Ollie Currill said:
“I am extremely pleased to be asked to go on the Tom Maynard Academy trip for a second time. My time in Spain will allow me to start my pre-season slightly earlier than others and help me get used to things I’ve been working on over the winter, in more realistic conditions.”
Matt Maynard said:
“We are delighted again to have had such great support from the counties and I’m really looking forward to working with another group. Originally we set out to run five of these annual programmes and this is the fifth, so our aim is to make this the best we’ve had so far.
Desert Springs has excellent facilities for the players to work on their games and on their fitness and we’re pleased again to be partnering with them, and particularly excited that this year we are going to be playing our traditional end-of-programme T20 matches at the new ground there. We have a great mix of talented players and some very knowledgeable people involved in delivering the programme and I have no doubt it will be of real benefit to the lads involved as they approach pre-season.”