Foxes duo amongst record number of Rookie Camp inductees

Leicestershire County Cricket Club bowlers Alex Evans and Nat Bowley were amongst a record 52 of England and Wales' young cricketers inducted into the professional game at the PCA’s tenth annual Rookie Camp this week.

Rookie Camp saw more players in attendance than ever before, surpassing the previous record total of 37 set last year, and the PCA has now helped over 300 players through their entry into professional cricket through the initiative.

As in previous years, players attended a number of informative workshops with guest speakers including England stars Rory Burns and Saqib Mahmood, as well as Warwickshire sporting director Paul Farbrace. The workshops aim at helping them to get to grips with the reality of life as a professional cricketer, including what the County Partnership Agreement will mean to them.

Benefits of the agreement, which was negotiated between the PCA, ECB and all 18 first-class counties over an 18-month period, include an increased salary collar for young players, a binding minimum wage for all full-time professionals, the introduction of staged contracts for 18-21 year olds and increased accountability to the PCA from all counties regarding youth contracts in particular.

The new guidelines mean 2020 will be a game-changing year for youngsters in England and Wales, and there has never been a more rewarding time to get into professional cricket.

Rookie Camp forms part of the PCA’s Personal Development and Welfare Programme, which aims to improve players’ performance on the pitch by minimising distractions off it, as well as helping them to better prepare for life after cricket.

The PCA’s Director of Development and Welfare Ian Thomas said:

“It’s been absolutely fantastic to see a record number of young cricketers here at our 10th Rookie Camp, and once again we are greatly appreciative of the support from the Professional Players Federation and the Tom Maynard Trust, who we have partnered with for eight years now.

“More important than the figures, though, is the information that this group of players has picked up from the likes of Rory Burns, Saqib Mahmood and Paul Farbrace today, as well as the key learnings which they will take home with them.

“There has never been a better time to be a young cricketer in England and Wales than right now, and I hope we have made that clear to the 52 players present, whilst also educating them on the potential pitfalls involved with a career in professional sport.”

*You can see Evans and Bowley in action throughout the 2020 season at the Fischer County Ground with our new £99 adult membership, available to purchase HERE. Further, Under 12s go free for every fixture of the 2020 calendar and can be purchased HERE.