This is our flagship pathway programme and caters for the most promising young 15–18-year-old cricketers in Wales.
Players on this programme have been identified as having the potential to play at the highest level and will help to prepare the player for the rigours of the professional game.
The selection process is vital in helping to identify these young players. Players are scouted and observed by a number of scouts and coaches and are selected based on their match winning performances as well as their future potential to be successful Glamorgan stars. Both their physical and mental characteristics as well as their technical and tactical ability will be considered during the selection process, emphasis is placed on the specific skills needed to be successful at a higher level.
It is an individualised programme and all the players will have individual cricket, physical and psychological programmes to follow during the 12 month stint. They will also get personal development and welfare support from the Professional Cricketers Association as part of a wholistic development plan.
The club fully understands the need for the boys to follow a dual aspirational approach to their cricket development as statistics suggest that only a small percentage of academy players will have successful cricket careers. A personal development plan will be designed around the player’s academic commitments and work on a plan ‘B’ will be a part of their cricket programmes.
Our aim is to help develop not only great cricketers but also good people who will be role models we can be proud of whether they fulfil their cricket ambitions or not.
The players will have a wide range of competition options in the summer ranging from Wales age group cricket right up to our more senior academy players playing in our Glamorgan 2nd XI. A summer competition plan will be agreed with each player that will be both age and stage appropriate to maximise their development.