Wiltshire Cricket are proud and delighted to announce the selection of Alice Robbins, Carys Shah, Florence Sharman and Poppy Walker in Western Storm's Emerging Player Programme for 2023/24.
On Friday 20th October, Western Storm released the names of 38 players from across 6 counties within the region; Wales, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Somerset, Devon and Cornwall. The 38 players listed will be included within the Western Storm Emerging Player Programme, which provides opportunity to be part of a regional programme and to develop under the guidance of different coaches in the region. It also gives those involved greater access to resources that can help them fulfil their aspirations of a career as a professional cricketer. The EPP bridges the gap between County Cricket and the Western Storm Academy - Read more about the Storm Academy selections here.
Wiltshire Cricket would like to congratulate Alice, Carys, Poppy and Flo for their selections onto the Western Storm EPP. From last year's programme, Alice, Poppy and Flo have been retained. Carys joins these 3 and makes the significant achievement of selection for the first time.
Wiltshire U15s & U18s Girls Coach, Sam Dent said: "I'm very proud of each of our talented cricketers in Wiltshire, and to have a number of these players representing the Storm EPP is a brilliant achievement. Alice, Carys, Flo & Poppy have all worked extremely hard throughout the year and regularly show their exciting skills and talent on the field. Each of these players also has the drive, motivation, enthusiasm and a willingness to learn, which are excellent traits to have. I'm excited to see each of the players develop, explore and showcase their skills in the coming years and wish them the best of luck for their upcoming Emerging Player Programme - well done, Alice, Carys, Poppy & Flo".
Following the announcement of the selections, Senior Regional Talent Manager, Jack Bradbury said: “To have all six of our Counties represented within this year’s EPP intake is fantastic. It is absolutely vital that we continue to ensure that the very best players from across the whole region get the opportunity to access the Western Storm Pathway, and it is a testament to the work that goes on in those six Counties that the EPP is so strong this year. We need to be inspiring everyone in the region and this programme allows us to do that."
The weekly EPP hub sessions will take place at a number of different venues across the region, with sessions taking place at Seat Unique Stadium (Gloucestershire), University of Exeter (Devon), Sophia Gardens & Neath Cricket Club (Wales), Millfield School (Somerset) and Truro and Penwith College (Cornwall) across the winter.
Those players that have been selected for the EPP will receive a range of support services including, Cricket Development, Sports Psychology and a Strength & Conditioning Programme, in addition to the expansive programme offered in Wiltshire, which includes individualised 1-2-2 sessions, a 10-week winter coaching programme, Strength & Conditioning and a full match-play programme.