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Further details of Somerset's Potential Player Programme links
Somerset County Cricket Club have just launched a new initiative entitled the Potential Somerset Player Programme (PSPP) in an effort to create a working link between what is already taking place at the County Ground and the most talented young cricketers across the south west.
One of the young cricketers who is involved is Lewis Goldsworthy (left with Jason Kerr) who plays his club cricket for Troon in Cornwall.
Jason Kerr, Head of Talent Development and Assistant Coach at SCCC said: “ We looked at what we are already delivering through the Academy, the Emerging Player Programme (EPP) and the Age Group system and felt that we needed another layer.
“Most of the minor counties have their own EPP prgrammes in place and players who aren’t ready for the Academy are working with their own counties at that level , but we wanted something that is a joint venture that we can work together to aid the players development and also to try to accelerate that process so that they are ready to come up to the Academy.
“This is bridging a gap and building a much closer relationship with the minor counties, in particular Cornwall and Devon where we can work with the player on both programmes.
“The new PSPP gives the players more contact time so from a relationship and coaches point of view we know what Cornwall and Devon are delivering on their programmes, and we know what we are delivering on ours so this makes it a much more cohesive pathway throughout the south west.”
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Kerr went on: “Another of our initiatives is to send coaches into Devon and Cornwall to help them and also to see what we can glean from the way that they work that we can bring back here and vice versa so it is very much a joint venture.
“For us this is about making sure that all of the young cricketers in Devon and Cornwall have a clear understanding that if playing first class cricket for Somerset is what they aspire or dream to want to do then that door is very firmly open, that is the key message we want to convey to young cricketers across the south west.
Kerr outlined what the new programme involves.
“In practical terms the minimum amount of time that any young cricketer on the PSPP can expect is eight Sunday sessions with the Academy and age groups, with the programme being led by Paul Tweddle.
“We are also looking to see other ways in which we can add to that which maybe in delivering one to ones in the respective schools or counties or whether we can organize for them to come to the County Ground midweek as well.”
“This is a really exciting development and we kicked it off last Sunday. It was fascinating to see the intensity with which the programme was delivered and the ways in which the guys involved responded to the environment was brilliant. “
Kerr added: “The PSPP group have also seen the way that the Academy operate as well and that will give them a target to aim for and we are really excited by the four who are on the programme.”