Gloucestershire County Cricket Club
As well as sharing a home – The Brightside Ground, Bristol – the GCB works closely with Gloucestershire Cricket.
Over the last year alone the two organisations have joined forces to help identify and develop young players, host community match days and allocate professional players to local clubs.
Gloucestershire Cricket is one of the 18 first class County Cricket Clubs in the UK. It was established in 1870, with one of the most famous and influential cricketers in history – WG Grace – a founding member.
The Club is based in the heart of Bristol, in Bishopston, just off the Gloucester Road. Its home and main ground, The Brightside Ground, has undergone a complete redevelopment over the last few years in order to secure international cricket at Bristol. The development includes floodlights and the Bristol Pavilion.
The Pavilion – which opened in 2013 – has state of the art media and hospitality facilities and enjoys superb views of the ground from behind the bowler’s arm.
The Club has a strong focus on developing young cricketers with many of the current first team developed through the Gloucestershire Cricket Academy. From the current first team squad Chris Dent, David Payne, Liam Norwell, Jack Taylor, Craig Miles, Matt Taylor, Miles Hammond, Will Tavare, George Hankins and Brandon Gilmour have all graduated from the Academy. Four of these players featured in the club’s 2015 Royal London One-day Cup winning side.
A major emphasis is placed on developing relationships with the local community. Gloucestershire Cricket runs community activities at both the ground in Bristol and at the Brewin Dolphin Cheltenham Cricket festival each summer.
For more information visit www.gloscricket.co.uk