The Junior Academy replaces the current skill set groups (batting, spin and seam bowling), with the rationale behind the change being an attempt to significantly increase the coaching contact time for the best young players across Wales.
The Junior Academy is for players aged 12 through to 16 and bridges the gaps between the Welsh age group teams and the current Academy programme.
Players are selected predominantly from the Welsh age group squads but also through a network of contacts from institutions outside of Wales and are identified through a network of coaches and scouts who look for players with the potential to play at a higher level.
Players are judged not only on performance but also on the desirable high-performance character traits needed to be a successful Glamorgan and England cricketer.
The girls EPP programme for the most talented young girls in the age group squads now benefits from extra investment and mirrors the boys Junior Academy programme.
The girls EPP helps bridge the gap between the age group programme and the full academy programme. With the promotion of the Wales Women’s team into the first division of the Women’s T20 competition it is vital the best girls are equipped to deal with the demands of that competition.
Glamorgan Cricket is also determined to continue to provide women and girls for both the Western Storm Development programme and the Senior Western Storm Team.
The programmes not only help the players develop technically and tactically but also involve a rigorous sports science support programme to help them develop physically and psychologically.
The groups meet twice a week through the winter with further practice sessions in the summer, with the potential for a development programme fixture list over the summer.
By providing the most talented young players in the region with more contact time, their development can be accelerated to assist them in reaching their full potential as early as possible and helps ensure that Wales and Glamorgan can continue to produce high quality young cricketers and role models that Glamorgan, Wales, and English cricket can be proud of.
Glamorgan pathway & academy graduates currently in the first team: