Emerging Players Programme
The purpose of the Emerging Player Program (EPP) is to aid the development of talented cricketers aged between 13 and 18.
Players invited on to the programme do need to show a high level of commitment and parents will be charged a monthly contribution to the costs although it is heavily subsidised by the Dorset Cricket Board. The programme is aimed at the very best players in the county and our aim is to transfer as many players as possible to first class Academies when they reach the entry age.
The Emerging Players Programme is run by the County Head Coach Matthew Keech and is a programme designed to support the development of our very best players at age groups from Under 13 to Under 18. The programme includes regular group coaching sessions as well as Strength and Conditioning and is an all year round programme. The players are monitored on several areas such as tactical, technical analysis of game, Sports Psych, and physical competency testing. Participation on the programme is by invitation on recommendations and assessments through county managers recommendations and talent identification by the EPP Head Coach and his assistant.
The EPP uses an athlete centered approach based upon the the ECB Player Development Model, in order to support the development of selected young cricketers with elite performance potential along the development pathway.
The aims and visions of the EPP are:
To underpin and support the First Class County Academy programme, the development XI and the Dorset County Cricket Club 1st XI
To link the player pathway between County age group cricket and the First Class County Academies.
To provide an enhanced ‘talented’ player pool with the appropriate skills and knowledge to progress to the First Class Academies.
To create an integrated player centered development pathway by introducing Players to Individualized Training Programmes.
Increased technical work and tactical awareness on; front foot and back foot offensive and defensive shots; pace and spin bowling techniques; enhanced keeping and fielding skills; effective practice techniques; raising awareness and increasing responsibility.
Emphasis on general physical conditioning including the key fitness components of endurance, flexibility, strength and speed.
Extension of mental skills and mental toughness training.
Teaching of Performance Lifestyle Skills including the important ancillary areas such as health and nutrition, communication skills, balancing study and play, time management etc