Essex Cricket Academy gets up and running for 2017


With the domestic cricket season now over for the winter months, there are a group of players who are back in action ahead of the New Year. The Essex Cricket Graham Gooch Academy squad came together for the first time this week with some new faces to the group.

The Academy is now being led by Director, Barry Hyam who has taken over the reigns from John Childs, who stood down from the role at the end of the season and will now take up the role of Head Scout. Barry will be working closely with the recently appointed, Tom Huggins (Player’s Pathway Manager) in running the sessions as the conveyor belt of cricket talent in the county continues to produce the Club’s future stars.

The opening Induction Day gave an opportunity for the players in the Academy/Emerging Players group, and their parents to come together and learn about what is expected from them and familiarise with schedules for the year ahead. Activites involved include sessions on Strength & Conditioning, physiotherapy, nutrition and modules on pressure situations.

The group also took part in some competitive action at the weekend by competing in the Brentwood Park Run. New Academy player, Alex Agedah came first in the group with 23.07. A special mention goes to Essex Physio, Chris Clarke-Irons who was third quickest with 24.49.