Talented cricketers throughout the region formally began an industry-leading training programme that will continue throughout the winter.
Rydal Penrhos is once again hosting the Marylebone Cricket Club Foundation Hub, which offers high-quality cricket coaching to talented children in the state school system, who have displayed the potential to become good cricketers.
The MCC will fund three coaches for 25 two-hour sessions at the school for under 13 and 15 players, which equates to a session every week in the off season.
The Hubs are put together, funded and mentored by the MCC Foundation. The day-to-day running of each Hub is left to a local manager, who runs local trials to identify talented children and who oversees the coaching sessions, which are open to male and female players from state schools across North Wales.
This is the fourth successive year that the MCC will be using Rydal Penrhos as their venue for the initiative, which has gone from strength-to-strength since its inception.
The scheme is available to players who qualify for U13, U15 and U18 levels and it has already seen success in the form of Welsh youth international Owen Reilly, who is also the school’s first XI captain and secured the North Wales Cricket League Premier Division title with Bangor this summer.
Head of Physical Education Nicky Head, said; “The Marylebone Cricket Club Foundation Hub is a brilliant opportunity to work with young aspiring cricketers from North Wales and I a block of structured sessions at Rydal Penrhos can only aid their cricket development.
“It aims to focus on all three disciplines of the game before testing skills against other MCCF hubs around the country in the summer.”