Geographically, we will look at players not just based in Middlesex; but also neighbouring counties. We are looking for players who do not belong to a County Age Group squad for Middlesex CCC. Borough, Regional and Regional Select players would be suitable for this programme and players from the various local counties: Hertfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Surrey, Essex etc ideally within the M25.
Schools, clubs, parents (directly but we have a vetting process in place), cricket coaches (We would give our Player Development Plan thoughts to their nominating coaches to ask them to deal with the technical aspect of coaching in particular and work on other areas of their game that are raised by our coaching team).
We have an electronic application form, we will ask you for the player(s) play-cricket statistics link, details about their game and video links on youtube (we recommend that the videos are uploaded and are not made public by using the ‘Unlisted’ option which requires a direct link to view the video).
To request an electronic application form please contact Peggy Zaman at firstname.lastname@example.org
The pathway programme works at 2 levels. We have a development side who will be used in fixtures more appropriate to their developmental stage. We have a main side who will compete in our competition games/tours. The age groups have a tour that is more a development level tour and one that is a play to compete tour. We host various sides in competitive friendlies and need to ensure that our opponents gets what they require out of the fixture by challenging them appropriately. Players from County Age Groups that train with Elite Cricket Performance Academy will attend training to prepare for the competitive fixtures and get to know their age group squad.
Trials begin in late September through October, there is a £10 Administration fee per trialist. Players are assessed over 4-5 weeks but do not need to attend each week, players will be informed about their time slots for each trial in advance.
Players will be split into 2 training squads which alternate on Saturdays on a fortnightly basis, players will have additional session time with our Strength and Conditioning coach, we also have Mental Well-Being workshops for the players conducted once every 2 sessions for that training group.
We train until Mid December then restart in January until April.
Players will be asked to purchase 1 Middlesex Schools Cricket Training shirt once they are selected into training squads from our clothing partner www.rccricket.co.uk who shall show the various types of clothing available. Players will be able to purchase a match coloured shirt and match tracksuit bottoms. They can then purchase a second set if they are playing on tours so that one can be worn and one can be washed. Long sleeve jumpers will be available and a cap is given out to players for free when they make their debut for us, they can purchase a spare if they so wish.
Players on the programme will have access to Masterclass sessions which include elite coaches providing specialist sessions on specific themes of learning. We have a head of: Fielding (Chris Taylor – Former England Fielding Coach), Batting (Mark Ramprakash – Former England Batting Lead), Fast Bowling (Steffan Jones – Rajasthan Royals Pace Coach), Spin Bowling (Eranga Mendis – Surrey CCC Spin Coach), Power Hitting and Throwing (Will Lintern - Great Britain Baseball), Sprinting (Marvin Rowe and Jonas Dodoo of Speedworks). We have various research programmes running about visual cue detection, human preferences and more through Elite Cricket Performance Academy.
Starting in April we have a tour abroad (optional), we then start with internal fixtures for the squad groups to come together and get to know each other around May/June. We move into external fixtures from May onwards building up the level of difficulty.
Weekend tournaments are run in July, with Tours (Development level and Competitive level) take place in July and August.
We have some 2-day fixtures and mini tours planned domestically to different parts of the country.
The programme runs around the Borough and Regional Middlesex Pathway so that players can be available for their trials process, some games/tournaments etc might clash with the Middlesex pathway, however no Middlesex pathway players would be used in those games/tournaments.
Middlesex Schools Cricket Association expect players to respect their team mates and opponents, this applies to all parents/guardians of the players participating.
Players must attend training once selected throughout the winter.
Players must be available for the tours, the sides will be selected in July which is late but we need to assess which tour is most appropriate for which player. The players learn a lot of life skills when they attend tours which aids their independence, time management and more.
Players must prioritise any County programme above our programme during the summer, if we have a fixture and a county has county training/fixtures then they must prioritise their county age group programmes as our goal for this programme is to feed players into counties.
County Age Group players can usually attend the tours arriving later in the evening if they have a CAG fixture for their county. With Middlesex CCC Age group players we can liaise with the county to see what clashes there might be with our tours and we aim to minimise them moving forward with dialogue with the county leads.
Middlesex Schools Cricket aims to provide state school cricket coaching in various boroughs of the county with free Leadership through cricket programmes sponsored by the Eshaki Foundation who have been our partners for 4 years on state school projects.
Our goal with the projects is to aid students to develop leadership skills through sport and get more state school students into cricket as a sport to develop personal skills as well as getting more children active.
Middlesex CCC have a participation team that also runs programmes in schools to get children into the sport, we tend to operate in schools that they do not visit so that more students experience cricket as a sport and learn life skills from the sport.