The Vitality U19 Club T20 in Association with First Class Comms, is a vibrant competition that lets young players take ownership within their club. In 2019 we witnessed another action pack summer of U19 T20 cricket, with eventual winners Bedminster Bashers being crowned Gloucestershire champions following a thrilling Final against Bristol YMCA Warriors.
The Gloucestershire U19 T20 Competition is proudly sponsored by the South West’s Business Telecoms and IT Experts, First Class Comms.
What is U19 T20?
Young players compete in fast paced matches with, and against, their friends in a great social atmosphere. It offers a format of cricket to inspire and enthuse young people to stay in the game at their clubs.
With over 650 clubs taking part nationally, 20 in Gloucestershire, wearing coloured kit, playing music and smashing a pink ball around has made a huge impact and is helping to…
- Retain young players within the game by providing them with additional opportunities to play with friends
- Create exciting match day experiences.
- Create volunteering opportunities for young players within the club
Why do players love U19 T20?
There are many reasons why players love U19 T20. Some of the key areas are…
- Participating with friends from their own age group
- Competing against other peers
- The opportunity to play cricket in front of a crowd
- The opportunity to create their own match day experience
- Player statistics at a county and national level
What can you expect if you enter?
We want to build upon past successes and make the competition bigger and better. Participating clubs can expect the following:
- Free online training for volunteers
- Access to discounted T20 kit
- A support package from ECB – including activation pack, player statistics package and interaction on social media.
- Additional development opportunities for the young players
- The opportunity to fundraise for the club
- The chance to apply for grants
- Pink U19 T20 balls
- 4–6 U19T20 fixtures, leading to a County Finals Day
Once clubs have entered, the GCB will place teams into leagues based on geographical location in February, with fixtures to be played at convenient times for clubs from May to early August. Following the conclusion of the group stages, teams will progress on to Quarter-Finals ahead of a four team Finals Day. We aim to secure the Bristol County Ground for Finals Day each year to offer our young players and their families an experience like no other.
Your U19 team will be invited to a launch meeting before the competition begins to help them take ownership of the competition and organise their own match day experience, which has seen clubs do some incredible and creative things since the competition started.
My club are interested, but we’re not sure we have enough players?
The competition is open to any player between the age of 14-19. Teams are made up of mixed age groups and we are happy for amalgamated teams, enabling a joint club entry, which may suit some clubs to ensure all U19 players have the opportunity to compete.
For more information, please contact Scott Tremain.