Published: 20th March, 2017
The Surrey CCC Academy has been given 100% in its annual ECB Performance Review.
Conducted by former England Chairman of Selectors David Graveney, the review concluded that Academy Director Gareth Townsend “should be commended on running an “Outstanding” Academy programme, which delivers on its objectives of developing cricketers and people.”
13 of the current Surrey CCC squad of 23 players have graduated from the Surrey Academy over the last decade, including England white ball opener Jason Roy, recent Test debutant Zafar Ansari, vice-captain Rory Burns and Tom and Sam Curran, who have both spent the winter with the England Lions.
Academy Director Gareth Townsend reflecting on Zafar Ansari’s recent England call up
As well as those five, Matthew Dunn, Freddie van den Bergh, Arun Harinath, Jade Dernbach, Stuart Meaker and Dominic Sibley have all signed professional contracts in recent years – with wicket keeper Ollie Pope and off spinner Amar Virdi last summer becoming the most recent graduates.
On top of their success developing male cricketers, the Academy has also seen female cricketers such as England all-rounder and Surrey Stars captain Natalie Sciver and Surrey CCC Director of Women’s Cricket Ebony Rainford-Brent graduate from their tutelage to play International cricket.
The report graded the Academy on three main categories: ‘Leadership and Management’, ‘Quality of Coaching and Learning’ and ‘Player Progression and Outcome’, with each being judged to be outstanding.
In the summary of their findings, the ECB judges comment that “Surrey will continue to drive their own standards forward”, adding that they consider the Academy to have a clear and well managed pathway, a committed and passionate work force and good financial resourcing.
After last year becoming the first county to win the U17 three day and One Day double (pictured above), Townsend is currently preparing to take an Academy side on a two week tour to Sri Lanka – the squad for which will be announced later this week.