Reece Bird, national hub director for the MCC Foundation, was very impressed on visiting the new West Norfolk Cricket Hub at Lynn’s King Edward VII High School.
The Hub, which has received three years’ funding, will coach future talent.
Back in September head coaches Josh Ring and Peter Coote trawled all schools in West Norfolk for the best and most dedicated 16 players aged U13 and U15 and invited them to attend two hours of coaching each week, to develop their personal cricket development and to train to play matches against other Hubs across the country.
Jack Southgate and Tim Coote also coach and assist Ring and Coote. KES, Downham, Hamond Academy, Smithdon, King’s Lynn Academy, Litcham and Springwood were all visited and their pupils all attend the local Hub.
Head coach Ring said: “It’s a great opportunity for all the players involved. The hub will help develop the standard of state school cricket in West Norfolk and we can’t wait to deliver our elite coaching programme.”
West Norfolk Hub manager Ross McNeil said: “Every week 32 passionate and committed state school cricketers in West Norfolk receive two hours of high quality coaching.
“This is a fantastic scheme to be involved with and we are extremely thankful to the MCC Foundation for supporting our bid.
“We have just received confirmation from Reece Bird that we are going be funded and supported with this scheme for the next three years.”
Bird was very impressed during his recent visit and inspection, with the set-up, standard of coaching and development and how passionate the kids and coaches were.
“We are delighted and excited to be setting up one of the new hubs this year, joining 28 other MCC Foundation Hubs across the country. Youngsters in West Norfolk really needed this and they certainly are making the most of it,” he added.
Each week the kids get coached by Level 2 ECB coaches and are pushed and challenged to better themselves .
The scheme runs every Wednesday at KES Academy Sportshall and using this facility, for free, has been a positive factor in securing the funding and backing for future developments to run in West Norfolk.
McNeil added: “Summer nets have already been planned and funding agreed. In addition to this, the scheme will see us take on other hubs from Cambridge, Northampton, Norwich and Essex.
“These competitive games will be the cherry on top.”