The purpose of the county academy system is to develop players capable of performing at 1st class and International level. Academy programmes are holistic in their approach and deliver a balance of technical, tactical, physical, mental, leadership and lifestyle aspects.
Established in 2002, the Lancashire Academy gives talented young cricketers an opportunity to benefit from professional training and education whilst still at school or college. The Academy aims to develop home grown players and prepare them for a future in the professional game.
Counties are accountable for the delivery of their programme, inline with the ECB strategic Performance Review. The ECB have a long term plan which promotes the development of a world leading Academy System. We aim to deliver an environment that promotes excellence, nurtures talent and systematically converts this talent into professional players capable of playing first team cricket at the club, which develops them. The ECB must promote technical excellence and ensure financial viability now and in the future.
Gary Yates, Academy Director said, “Lancashire has a long and distinguished history of producing first class and international cricketers.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for this exciting and talented cohort. It is also the first time that we have had two girls simultaneously selected into our academy.
“Successful selection into the academy is just the latest pathway on their journey to become an elite cricketer. The academy is a challenging environment and I look forward to working alongside them.”
Eleven players have been named in the Academy for next year, including six new players. The squad also includes two girls simultaneously for the first time, in Bramhall’s Emma Lamb and Sophie Ecclestone from Cheshire.
Players remaining on:
- Josh Bohannon U19 (Southport and Birkdale CC, batsman and has produced some impressive performances for the Lancashire Second XI this year)
- Calum Turner U19 (left handed batsman, Captained Lancashire U19’s this year, helped Urmston CC to promotion into Cheshire Premier League and made his Lancashire Second XI debut against Leicestershire)
- Sam Oldham U17 (Leyland CC, made his Lancashire Second XI debut against Scotland A in 2015 and has recently been selected for the North England U17’s)
- Tom Lawson U17 (Plays for the Burnley CC First XI and is a left arm bowler)
- Emma Lamb U18 (Plays for Bramhall CC and has recently been named in the England Women’s academy pathway winter squads)
- Dan Houghton U18 (right seam bowler who attends Runshaw college, made his Lancashire Second XI debut against Leicestershire (1/17 and 1/18) this year and plays for Rainford CC)
- George Lavelle U16 (plays for Ormskirk CC, Bunbury Player of the Tournament this season and is a wicket keeper batsman)
- Rehan Udwadia U16 (all-rounder, fast bowler, featured for the U15 National Lancashire winners, plays for Norden CC and attends Manchester Grammar School)
- Sam Perry U16 (A right handed top order batsman, plays at Alderley Edge CC and attends Manchester Grammar School)
- Ed Fluck U16 (A right handed top order batsman, Alderley Edge CC and attends Cheadle Hulme Grammar School)
- Sophie Ecclestone U17 (From Cheshire, plays for Alvanley CC and has recently been named in the England Women’s academy pathway winter squads)
This process recognises players’ development and potential for next level involvement. So I am delighted for Toby Lester that he has made the step up to our professional ranks for next season.
We have awarded two Scholarships to players for 2016.
Rob Jones remains as a Scholarship player and will train with the Lancashire First Team squad over the winter. Meanwhile, Danny Lamb, after a successful summer with the Lancashire Second XI, makes the step up from the Academy to Scholarship.
Gary Yates, Academy Director