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26 Sep

Geoff Cope gives boost to help young people

Geoffrey Cope, the former Yorkshire and England off-spinner, has given a boost to the Yorkshire Cricket College (YCC) to help inspire young people.

Cope, 74, presented £1,000 of funding to the YCC – based at the Emerald Headingley Stadium, in Leeds, on behalf of the Yorkshire County Cricket Club (YCCC) Players’ Association.

The boost will help fund specialised gym equipment for the college.

This generous donation from the Player’s Association ensures that our current and future cohorts will leave us as fitter, stronger and healthier individuals – Nick Robinson, the head of the Yorkshire Cricket College

Cope, the president of the YCCC, said: “We felt it was important to make a commitment to the Yorkshire Cricket College for the important work it’s doing and to help increase the opportunities young people have.”

The college, which supports 55 students across two year groups, provides Level 3 business and sports qualifications (the equivalent to three A-Levels) for young people aged 16-18 years old.

Alongside this professional cricket coaching delivered by the Pro Coach organisation, is used to holistically develop the students by developing teamwork skills, enhancing self-confidence, leadership ability and autonomy.

Cope said: “At the college there’s an opportunity here to go forward cricket wise but equally you have got the chance to establish a career with the subjects they are offering.”

While presenting the funding to the students the ex-Yeadon player, who played for England boys at the age of 15, spoke to students at the college about what it meant to wear the White Rose and be a professional cricket player.

The former cricketer, who has packed more into his 70 plus years than most – including losing his parents when he was relatively young, and suffering from retinitis pigmentosa, a gradual loss of eyesight that will ultimately render him blind – also stressed the importance of building a career as well.

He said: “It’s been 60 years now since I walked through the gates with a bag in my hand hoping I could play cricket and I’ve had 60 years involvement with Yorkshire Cricket and cricket will always be in my life.

“The first question I asked was who wants to play for Yorkshire and the hands shot up – they all want to play.

“But equally I stressed the importance of having a good career and options to go into – which is something this college puts great importance on.”

Currently there are two women first year students studying at the Yorkshire Cricket College and going forward the Leeds-based institute is looking to support more female students while also increasing it’s annual intake.

Nick Robinson, the head of the Yorkshire Cricket College, said: “Our aim at the college is to develop all aspects of the students’ cricketing skill set.

“This generous donation from the Player’s Association ensures that our current and future cohorts will leave us as fitter, stronger and healthier individuals.

“Improving both cricketing ability and equipping them with the knowledge to safeguard their health and wellbeing as they enter adulthood.”

Yorkshire Cricket College

Find out more about the fantastic Yorkshire Cricket College here.

There is still time to sign up for this year’s college courses, with a the deadline on Friday, 8 October.

For further details please contact Nick Robinson, the head of the YCC and the Education Manager for the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation, on:

- nick.robinson@yorkshirecricketfoundation.com

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