- Tue Aug 13, 2019 1:51 pm
I think I may have unintentionally opened a ‘can of worms’ here over junior cricket in Wales and thank others for their more knowledgeable input. A friend, who saw my post, contacted me to say it’s a ‘shambles’ with no coherency. I have been known to spout ‘inaccuracies on here, so would really like someone with all the necessary information to explain the system to ALL of us. It appears that, although the ECB covers England and Wales, Wales has its own body ie CRICKET WALES. In England, the various counties control the junior programmes and it comes out of their budgets so all youngsters regardless of ability to pay are given a chance at little cost. However, in Wales,Glamorgan has no influence whatsoever and there are lots of administrators, coaches etc being paid to run the CRICKET WALES separate programme. They then charge children this extortionate amount for taking part making it very elitist and only for those who can afford to pay. We are, therefore, losing so many children to the game. Also, the children who go to these training sessions also play for their counties eg West Glam, Cardiff And Vale, Gwent, Etc (not sure how it works in Mid and North Wales) and have to pay for their representative kit, transport and match fees for those games, too. I am told that Gwent Young Cricketers charge the youngsters in their many age groups £15 per match home and away while their opposition pay £5. Is this true as, if so, how on earth can they justify this? I think it’s about time the governing body for Sport in Wales looked into this as it can’t possibly be fair! Surely other sports such as football, rugby, etc don’t work on this basis. Sorry for this very long post but I am gobsmacked and would like someone in the know to give me the FACTS! No wonder we don’t seem to have many young Cricketers making it through to forge a successful career with Glamorgan!!! Only a small minority are getting the chance!