Youth – About the Talent Pathway

The Gloucestershire CCC Talent Pathway objective is simple. To identify and recruit talented cricketers within the region to fulfil their maximum potential. The clear and maintained pathway which has been established for several years, provides players to develop in an elite environment with the vision of producing first class cricketers for Gloucestershire CCC.

Once enrolled, players have access to a roster of professional coaching staff who enable the best practice for them to succeed. As a county, we pride ourselves on the close connection our young players have to the professional staff and facilities which are used by our 1XI contracted players.

The pathway is split into our Academy, Emerging Player Programme and County Age Groups. Players which have been produced through the Gloucestershire CCC Talent Pathway set up in recent years are James Bracey, George Hankins, Miles Hammond and Chris Dent.

Click here for more information on our Player Pathway document.

About the Academy

Gloucestershire County Cricket Club are passionate in their desire to develop homegrown players for county and international cricket. Our Academy is the forefront of our Talent Pathway and acts as the final step for the Junior Talent Pathway, which bridges the gap into First/Second Team Cricket.

With 13 players selected for the 20/21 season, each player receives an individual tailored programme to maximise their chance of reaching the highest level of the game. They will have the opportunity to train with 1XI professionals which will enable the players to understand what they need to do to step up to the next level.

About the EPP

The Emerging Player Programme sits just below the Academy in our talent pathway structure and aids us to identify and develop the most promising players aged between 13 and 18 in Gloucestershire.

This group of talented young players have been selected from the County Age Group squads as players that have shown their aptitude and skill to improve as they look to take the next step in their development within GCCC Talent Pathway.

The players selected for the 20/21 season, will be taking part withing a winter training programme based at the county ground led by our Pathway Coaches.

About the County Age Groups

The County Age Group set up aims to develop and nurture players to become well rounded individuals with ambition to play for Gloucestershire and England.  We run representative sides for the following age groups -

U10s, U11s, U12s, U13s, U14s, U15s & U18s

Players gain vast experience through training sessions and fixtures to expand their knowledge on the game by improving within our high performance set up. With tailored coaching programmes for each squad, players are prepared physically and mentally for the season ahead.

Alongside this, we also run our Development Teams between U10s to U14s which is a new concept and evolved from our previously run Districts sides.