As well as sharing a home – The Bristol County Ground – the GCB works closely with Gloucestershire Cricket.
Areas where the two organisations work in partnership include identifying and developing young players, hosting community match days and contributing to the match day experience by running coaching zones.
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 Bristol County Ground, has undergone a complete redevelopment over the last few years in order to secure international cricket at Bristol. The development includes refurbished training and sports hall facilities, 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, Jack Taylor, James Bracey, George Drissell, Matt Taylor, Miles Hammond, Will Tavare, George Hankins and Ben Charlesworth have all graduated from the Academy. Three 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 Cheltenham Cricket Festival each summer.
For more information visit www.gloscricket.co.uk