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28 Sep

Players' Association gives boost to YCC

The Yorkshire Cricket College (YCC) has been given a boost to help with the opening of a new gym to support young people.

Former cricket umpire and Yorkshire icon Dickie Bird, presented £1,000 of funding to the award-winning college – based at the Headingley Cricket Ground, on behalf of the Yorkshire County Cricket Club (YCCC) Players’ Association.

The boost – part of a three-year plan by YCCC Players’ Association to provide funding for the Cricket College through the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation – will help fund a new gym that will be opened on site at Headingley Cricket Ground this week.

Pictured from left Dickie Bird , alongside Nick Robinson.

The cheque was presented to Nick Robinson, head of Yorkshire Cricket College and the Education Manager for Yorkshire Cricket Foundation, at Yorkshire County Cricket Club’s recent Championship match against Essex at Headingley by Mr Bird, who umpired 66 Test matches and 69 One-Day Internationals during his career.

The new gym facility, located in the East Stand of Yorkshire County Cricket Club’s headquarters, is set to be opened this Friday, 30 September, 2022.

Mr Robinson said: “The funding from the Players’ Association has played a massive part in the completion of our new gym facility for the college.

“Their backing has allowed us to procure a wide range of equipment that will facilitate physical development, not just to increase cricketing performance, but also provide a physical foundation and understanding of how to stay fit and healthy as the students enter adulthood.”

Pictured Players’ Association secretary, Geoff Cope (centre), who is also president of Yorkshire CCC, with Yorkshire Cricket College students last year.

The Yorkshire Cricket College, established in 2017, which is run through YCF, offers business and sport qualifications for students aged 16-18 years old this year saw a record number of students – with an enrollment of 77 learners across both years groups starting the 2022-23 academic year.

As well as providing youngsters with a qualification that enables progression to universities, apprenticeships and careers in sport, the college programme builds cricket into their timetable. In total, groups are allocated six-hours per week to focus on their cricketing development.

Players’ Association secretary, Geoff Cope, who is also president of Yorkshire CCC, said: “The Association and its members are delighted to be involved in the development of students at the college.

“It is important that those young cricketers who are learning the game within the county are provided with the best of facilities and we will be delighted if some of them can go on and play cricket for Yorkshire and become household names like Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow and Harry Brook.”

Find out more about our award-winning college here.


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