Pathways to Excellence

The Pathways to Cricket Excellence Winter Coaching Scheme incorporates the coaching sessions run by the Yorkshire County Cricket Club and the Yorkshire Schools Cricket Association and the former YCA Centre of Excellence.

Boys and girls usually enter the scheme at Level 3 and hopefully progress to Level 1


Virtually all Yorkshire's current county players have progressed through the scheme.

Level 1

Yorkshire CCC players contracted to the Academy and scholarship players are YCCC Staff. Their coaching is dealt with at sessions supervised by the County Club`s Coaching Staff.

Once a Student attains Level I, he ceases to attend any other Pathways nets.

Level 2A

This is for established and identified talented players. This Centre currently meets at the Yorkshire Cricket Centre.

Level 2B

For identified talented developing players. There are two centres at this level. One Centre also currently meets at the Yorkshire Cricket Centre and the other at St Aidans High School in Harrogate.

Level 3A

These are District-based Centres for improving and developing players. There are currently 7 such 3A Centres around the County, based at Northallerton Community College (North), Sheffield Utd Cricket School (South), The Normandy Barracks at RAF Leconfield (East) and Heckmondwike GS and Woodlands CC Sports Centres (both serving the West of the County). In addition, the MacMillan College in Middlesbrough serves North Yorkshire and Cleveland and Burnholme Community College (York) takes Students from the York/Scarborough area.

Level 3B

This is a relatively newly instituted developmental level for young or developing players. Many will eventually enter the full Scheme at 3A. Sessions are held in Leeds and Bradford.

SPECIALIST COACHING SESSIONS - Each Centre Director will ensure that all his Staff can dela with batting and bowling and specialist sessions are also arranged for Wicket-Keepers. Last year, for the first time, specialist fielding sessiosn were also introduced.


Level 1

This is for those players who have played or who will play Senior Yorkshire matches in previous or the forthcoming Summer. Many also have extra sessions with ECB Development squads and have sound expectations of International honours as well. This Centre currently meets at the Yorkshire Cricket Centre

Level 2

This is for improving and identified talented players. The Centre currently meets at Heckmondwike GS.

Level 3

These are District-based Centres, currently based at St Mary`s High School in Menston (West Yorkshire) and the Sheffield Utd Cricket Centre in the South of the County. The YCB is pleased to be able to add to the Scheme, through the hard work of Development Officer Ian Dews and the advent of the ECB`s Active Sport initiative, a Development Centre for East Yorkshire, to be based at Bramcote School in Scarborough. The Board is also trying to resurrect the North Yorkshire Development Centre under the same Active Sport banner. It is hoped to base a Centre in Harrogate for the Winter sessions, beginning in January/February 2004. The Centres cater for women and girls who would wish to learn the basics of the game. Some Students at these Centres are improving and developing players. They will be ear-marked by the Directors to move up to Level 2 eventually.










Men 2A - Yorkshire Cricket Centre

9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.

Bill Roberts

Dave Robertshaw

Men 2B – Cricket Centre

9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.

Dave Robertshaw

Jim Leathley

Men 2B – Harrogate Grammar School

10.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m.

Peter Hepworth

Tony Pickersgill

Men 3A – Northallerton Community College

9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.

Andy Mackle

Umar Rashid

Men 3A – Sheffield Utd/Hallam University Cricket School

10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.

Jack Bethel

Andrew Watson

Men 3A – The Normandy Barracks, RAF Leconfield

10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.

Brian Roper

Tony Kirby

Men 3A – Woodlands Sports Centre (W1)

9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m

Bren Terry

Philip Dibb

Men 3A – Heckmondwike GS (W2)

10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.

Richard Horner

Ian Hales

Men 3A – Burnholme Community College, York

9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m

Alec Backhouse

Ian Dews

Men 3A – Ormesby Sports Centre, Middlesbrough

1.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m.

Ian Powell

Umar Rashid





Women 1 – Cricket Centre

9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m

Bill Roberts

Peter Kippax

Women 2 – Heckmondwike GS

10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.

Jan Tedstone

Beverley Nicholson

Women 3 South – Sheffield

11.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m.

Dale Kerruish

Rebecca Vernon

Women 3 Central – St Mary`s Sports College, Menston

10.45 a.m. to 1.45 p.m.

Vanessa Holliday

Jane Walne

Women 3 East - Bramcote School, Scarborough

11.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.

To be arranged

To be arranged

All Coaches employed in the Scheme are affiliated to the YCBCA through the ECBCA and will be CRB checked for the 2004 sessions.

Full details of the scheme and all nominations should be made to the Pathways to Excellence Sub-Committee Secretary:

Howard Clayton, 22 Montagu Court, Oakwood Lane, Leeds LS8 2TT Tel/Fax 0113-265-4401


Once a Student accepts a place at any of the Centres within the Pathways Scheme, the YCB and the County Club strongly recommend that he attend no more than two net sessions per week. This usually means the weekend Pathways session and, if he is invited, the extra mid-week sessions that are normally arranged.

All necessary nomination forms can be found by clicking here