The Emerging Players Programme (EPP) is a high performance development programme designed to be a stepping stone between county age group teams and the Gloucestershire County Cricket Club Academy.

Run by the GCB’s head of performance Tim Hancock and a team of specialist coaches, the EPP offers additional coaching opportunities to the county’s best young players during the winter.

The principal idea behind it is to identify the most talented young 13-16-year-olds who the county coaches believe have the potential to become future Academy and First-Class players.

Gloucestershire’s programme consists of both one-to-one and group sessions.

There is also a separate Girls EPP for the best young female players in the county. This is run by Lisa Pagett.

The programme:

  • Is designed for those players identified as having the necessary aptitude, attitude, and athleticism to be potentially future elite cricketers.
  • Focuses not just on skill work, but the technical, tactical, physical and mental aspects of the game, protocols which must be utilised to reach elite levels in all sports.
  • Is designed to be a high quality addition to a player’s county age group programme.
  • Provides players with the opportunity to reach their potential.
  • Is an enhanced version of the county age group programme.
  • Is designed to underpin and supply talented players for Gloucestershire CCC’s Academy.