The Leicestershire CCC Academy provides the stepping stone from county age-group players to future second and first team cricketers, with a dedicated regime involving skill work such as fielding, batting and bowling.
Gym work helps to develop strength and conditioning, and personal development and psychology sessions help broaden social and personal skills as well as helping the players with their cricket.
The Academy offers the chance to work with highly skilled coaches and alongside high ability players to develop individually and as a unit. It also gives players the opportunity to make the step up from age-group cricket in a supportive and encouraging environment.
The Leicestershire CCC Academy has welcomed Harry Swindells, Sam Evans and David Sayer into the setup as part of the 2014-15 intake.
Batsman and wicket-keeper Swindells plays his club cricket for Narborough and Littlethorpe and fellow top order batsman Sam Evans, who is at Leicester Ivanhoe, also came through our Leicestershire Young Cricketers system.
Left arm seamer David Sayer, younger brother of Leicestershire professional Rob, has also joined. He came through the ranks at Huntingdonshire like Rob and James Sykes and has been part of the England under 17s setup.
Players staying on the Academy are Syston Town all-rounder George Corbett, left arm seamer Joe Clarke, wicket keeper and opening batsman Joe Kendall, who plays for Market Harborough and Cropston’s Alex Kent, who was 12th man a few times for the first team in 2014.
A number of players have now come off the Academy. Zak Chappell has signed a professional contract with us, Tom Moores has joined Nottinghamshire, and Eben Kurtz and Danny Murty have also left the Academy.