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Women YC's unveil ECB collaboration

MCC has announced a collaboration with the England and Wales Cricket Board to enhance and expand the MCC Women’s Young Cricketers programme.

Based at Lord’s throughout the summer, the MCC Women’s YCs will have access to world-class facilities and expert multi-disciplined coaching, to help them prepare for the challenges of playing international cricket.

Each player will work to a bespoke programme, addressing their technical, tactical, psychological and physical development through a range of dynamic and supportive training environments.

They will also get the opportunity to test their skills on the field of play, with fixtures organised against a variety of tough opposition, including boys’ county sides and schoolboy teams.

Away from the cricket field the MCC Women’s YCs programme will simultaneously develop the non-sporting skills of its participants through work experience placements within various departments across MCC on Major Match Days, in addition to working closely with the Professional Cricketers’ Association, to help guide their career paths.

The programme will be directed by England Women’s Head Coach, Mark Lane, with input from MCC Head Coach, and former England international, Mark Alleyne, and former Australian Women’s captain and England Women’s Academy Head Coach, Lisa Keightley.

Fourteen players have been chosen for the 2012 intake, with selection criteria aligned to the existing England Women’s succession framework.


ICC Women’s World Cup and ICC World Twenty20 winner, Sarah Taylor, is one of eight players already with international experience, who have been selected on full-time contracts, while seventeen-year-old Jodie Dibble from Devon has been offered one of six part-time places.

All fourteen members will receive financial assistance to allow them to train and play as full-time cricketers throughout the season.

MCC Head of Cricket, John Stephenson, declared his delight at the partnership.

He added: "The partnership demonstrates the Club’s determination to foster new talent and maintain its reputation as a strong supporter of women’s cricket.

“It is fantastic to see how far the MCC Women’s YCs scheme has developed since it was first introduced nine years ago, and I am very excited to watch this latest progression unfold.

"The England Women’s team has played exemplary cricket during the past few seasons, and this collaboration with the ECB will ensure that the next generation of players are given an ideal structure to concentrate on their game in the best cricket environment in the world.”


ECB Head of Women’s Cricket and former England international, Clare Connor, said: "The ECB are thrilled to be working so collaboratively with MCC to develop women’s cricket.

"The original MCC Women’s YCs scheme was revolutionary in terms of the on and off pitch support it offered to a handful of cricketers each summer.

"From 2012, a full squad of players will be involved with the revamped scheme, enabling us to have more contact time with our high potential players, and allowing us to build a broader fixture list.

"This step represents another significant stride for the women’s and girls’ game in this country; the ultimate aim being to ensure that England Women remain the number one ranked team in the world for many years to come."

MCC was the first cricketing organisation in the world to pay female cricketers as professionals through the MCC Women’s Young Cricketers scheme in 2003.

Over the last nine years the scheme has helped to develop some of the most promising women’s players in England – including ICC World Cup winners Caroline Atkins and Beth Morgan.

The collaboration with the ECB represents the most recent development in the MCC Women’s YCs programme.

2012 MCC Women's Young Cricketers
Full time
Tammy Beaumont
 Kent & England
Georgia Elwiss
 Sussex & England
Heather Knight
 Berkshire & England
Susie Rowe
 Kent & England
Anya Shrubsole
 Somerset & England
Sarah Taylor
 Sussex & England
Fran Wilson
 Somerset & England
Danielle Wyatt
 Staffordshire & England

Part time
Jodie Dibble
Amy Jones
Beth MacGregor
 Essex & England
Alice Macleod
Natasha Miles
Natalie Sciver

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