Clubs can now enter our 2021 Youth Cricket Competitions, the Gray-Nicolls Gloucestershire Youth Cricket League at U11, U13 & U15 and the Marsh U16 and Stuart Turner U19 T20 Competitions.
We’re delighted that the Gloucestershire Youth Cricket League will return in 2021, after a year away due to COVID, and to announce that we are extending the opportunity for clubs to opt into Countywide Performance and/or North/South Leagues across all age groups. This will create more opportunities for cricket clubs to offer meaningful cricket to their young players.
In addition, to compliment the U15 League, 2021 will see the introduction of a Festival at the U15 age group in August, to further enhance the opportunities for players at the older age groups to be identified for performance pathway squads. Non-Development Squad/County players will be selected to make up four festival teams based on their GYCL Performances. The four teams will play against each other over three days at the end of next summer in front of Gloucestershire County and Development Coaches. The top festival performers will be invited to play for a GYCL Select XI game against the Development Squad. The aim is to maximise the opportunities for young Gloucestershire talent to be identified.
The Marsh U16 and Stuart Turner U19 T20 Competitions will continue to offer Performance and Development Competitions, after a positive up take in 2020. The exciting and fast paced competitions, which are played with pink balls and in coloured kits, are aiming to appeal and be accessible to a wide range of clubs across the County. Clubs have the opportunity to opt into the standard of cricket most suited to their current age group or if they have the capacity, to enter a team into each competition (player crossover restrictions will apply). Alongside the Development Leagues will sit the Performance Competition, the structure that existing clubs and any club that has entered in the past will be familiar with.
Gloucestershire Youth Competition entries are now open. Sign your teams up using the button below – the deadline will be Sunday 31st January.
My club is interested, but we’re not sure we have enough players?
In order to promote and increase the number of young cricketers playing the longer game, if your club is unable to enter a team on its own we are happy for clubs to link together to field a joint team. Of course this needs to be well thought through with effective communication between clubs. We have several good examples of where this has worked to great effect, for example, in the North West of the County, four clubs came together to form Leadon Young Cricketers at all age groups. In addition, had the GYCL gone ahead in 2020, we would have seen clubs pull together to form North Bristol Young Cricketers, Cotswold Young Cricketers and SDCA Young Cricketers at various age groups.
If you have any questions or for additional information, please contact:
Club Development Manager
Mobile – 07958 271414