The 2016 group will spend ten days, from 18th to 27th February next year, at the Desert Springs resort in Spain working on a carefully planned programme covering technical skills, strength and conditioning and both individual and group activity. The programme finishes with two Twenty20 matches between the Tom Maynard Academy XI and a Spanish national side at the La Manga complex.
Somerset Director of Cricket Matthew Maynard will head the delivery of the programme. He will be assisted by former Australia all-rounder and current Gloucestershire Assistant Head Coach Ian Harvey and, it is hoped, by former Leicestershire, Kent & England wicket-keeper/batsman Paul Nixon. All three were involved in the Tom Maynard Academy in each of the two previous years.
Jamie Dalrymple, former Glamorgan captain and Middlesex and England all-rounder, will again provide insights into leadership, sports psychology and dressing room dynamics, and Ireland’s former Head of Performance and now Millfield School’s Head of Cricket Coaching, Mark Garaway, will be back to carry out some personality profiling and to support the 2016 intake with expert advice on how to use that to beneficial effect in their careers. Mike Fatkin, one of the Trustees of the Tom Maynard Trust and a former CEO at Glamorgan, will provide management support for Matthew and help the players to understand some of the off-field pitfalls of being a professional sportsperson. Former England Head Physiotherapist Dean Conway will oversee the fitness and physical work while the group is in Spain.
Once again the 2016 programme is being funded in its entirety by the Trust.
The twelve successful players are:
Lukas Carey (Glamorgan); Ryan Davies (Somerset); Tom Hampton (Gloucestershire); Jamie Harrison (Durham); Ryan Higgins (Middlesex); Jonty Jenner (Sussex); Chris Jones (Surrey); Matt Lamb (Warwickshire); Harry Podmore (Middlesex); Ed Pollock (Warwickshire); Ryan Stevenson (Hampshire); and Olly Stone (Northamptonshire).
Matthew Maynard said:
“We are delighted again to have had such fantastic support from the counties and I’m really looking forward to working with another group of young cricketers as we continue to establish the Tom Maynard Academy as an integral part of the ECB’s and the counties’ player development pathways.
There are some very knowledgeable people involved in delivering the programme and the quality of the facilities at Desert Springs continues to improve year on year. A large proportion of the lads who have come through the Academy have gone on to play senior level cricket and I have no doubt the experience will be of real benefit to the twelve cricketers involved as they approach pre-season.”
The Trustees acknowledge the support of the Dr Mortimer and Teresa Sackler Foundation in helping to establish the Tom Maynard Academy.