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After an extensive period of consultation, discussion and collaboration with all existing regional organisations across Wales, Cricket Wales are pleased to announce changes to the structure of provision of regional cricket within the national pathway to ensure that the future direction of junior representative cricket is an exciting one.

The below document has been produced this document to facilitate the understanding of the new regional cricket structure that will commence from January 2021, to come into effect for the 2021/22 season. There are a number of virtual information evenings that are available to sign up to on Page 3. 

Also below are the links to four exciting new roles as part of the structure that can also be viewed in our vacancies section.

Summary of Changes Videohttps://youtu.be/ODRxs8WjRSE

Pathway Changes Information Document

Cricket Wales West Pathway Lead - Job Description & Specification

Cricket Wales South Pathway Lead - Job Description & Specification

Cricket Wales East Pathway Lead - Job Description & Specification

“The changes will give every young cricketer the very best opportunity to reach their potential. Cricket Wales, and I personally would like to place on record our sincere gratitude to all of the regions who have worked tirelessly to ensure this strand of the pathway remains a key one moving forward.  We look forward to sharing and implementing the plans of the new structure, and continue to enhance our relationships with clubs and Glamorgan County Cricket Club who link in to the pathway either side of us.” (Matt Thompson, Cricket Wales Head of Talent Pathway)

"We at Glamorgan Cricket are fully committed to continue to produce a high quality home grown young cricketers. Our relationship with Cricket Wales is crucial to being able to achieve those aims and these exciting changes to the regional programme across Wales will further enhance our performance pathways. We look forward to working with all four regions in our quest to find and develop the next, and future generations of Welsh cricket talent.(Richard Almond, Glamorgan CCC Head of Talent Development)  

It is worth noting that the structure and subsequent programme was originally scheduled for a November 2020 start date. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic there are various aspects of the programme that will sadly not be able to evolve to their fullest extent until the October/November of 2021 and the summer of 2022.

These are detailed in this document, but should you have any queries please do not hesitate to get in touch. Any queries or questions on the back of the information document should be sent to Matt Thompson (Cricket Wales Head of Talent Pathway - matt.thompson@cricketwales.org.uk).  

 

 

Cricket Wales Age Groups & Glamorgan CCC

As of February 2020, Glamorgan CCC will be responsible for the running, staffing and selection of the Wales Age Group teams. Cricket Wales will continue to manage and deliver the regional cricket programme (see above) in addition to the Wales National County and Disability Performance teams. Cricket Wales will work closely with Glamorgan as selection for age group teams narrows. 

 All queries regarding national age group selection should therefore be directed to Richard Almond (Glamorgan CCC Head of Talent Development) in the first instance, and then the relevant age group coach when appropriate. For all other queries you should contact Matt Thompson (Cricket Wales Head of Talent Pathway). 

Western Storm - Women's Performance Cricket

 

Following on from four successful years in the Kia Super League, Western Storm has proudly become a household name across the South West. With existing strong links across the region, Western Storm has left an excellent legacy of programmes encouraging participation and support for women’s and girl’s cricket.

As we enter the post-Super League era, Western Storm will play a key part in delivering the ‘Transform Women & Girls Cricket’ section of the new ECB strategy, ‘Inspiring Generations’.

Western Storm proudly represents the South West & Wales region, working collaboratively with Cornwall, Devon, Gloucestershire, Cricket Wales, Somerset and Wiltshire to lead the way in driving forward both performance and recreational cricket.

Western Storm is the host of one of 8 regional centres that will, for the first time, enable a number of domestic cricketers the opportunity to train and play as a professional cricketer in what is a huge step forward in the evolution of the female game.

Within the new regional structure, a new Academy system will also be created to provide top quality support to high-potential players across the region providing an accessible and inclusive player pathway for females in the South West & Wales.

“It is a really exciting time to be a female cricketer within the South West and Wales. For the first time, a number of players will have the opportunity to earn a living playing cricket and be part of a top-quality performance environment with year-round support. The region has already achieved many brilliant things within the female game, but I’m really excited that now we will be able to provide the most talented players the support they deserve to help them fulfil their potential – through both the main Western Storm programme and the Western Storm Academy. Hopefully young girls will look up and see some brilliant role models in the Western Storm and Welsh Fire players and see that there are lots of opportunities for cricket to be a game for them”.

Lisa Pagett, Regional Director of Women’s Cricket, Western Storm

For any general queries around the pathway in Wales contact the Cricket Wales Head of Talent Pathway Matt Thompson on matt.thompson@cricketwales.org.uk 

    

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



 

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