Guernsey and Sussex CCC partner up for EPP camp

Thu, Apr 12, 2012 4:37 PM

Three future stars of Guernsey Cricket recently returned from an amazing cricket experience in Abu Dhabi as part of the Sussex CCC EPP Training Camp.

Luke Le Tissier, Jordon Martel and Toby Belton joined up with players on the Sussex CCC EPP list who all hope to one day secure a professional County contract. Accompanying them was Ben Ferbrache from the GCB Coaching Staff who along with Keith Greenfield (SCCC Cricket Performance Manager) and Andy Cornford (GCB National Coach and SCCC EPP Coach) put them through their paces. The squad was based at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium for their daily classroom based activities and grass net sessions. Accommodation was provided at the marvellous Centro Yas Island complex.

The Camp aims to demonstrate to players the demands that a professional cricket player can expect and mixes both the playing and psychological elements of the game.

To remind the group of the fantastic position the group found themselves in they were required to run a training camp of their own for the local UAE school children who turned up in their hundreds.

Commenting on the Guernsey players Keith Greenfield said, "The trip went absolutely brilliantly and all the lads did really well and learnt and improved. The group as a whole integrated really well and I am sure we have seen some future Senior Guernsey players if they keep working as hard as they did here."

The trip was funded primarily as an integral and, now annual part of the GCB Development Programme with some contribution from the player's families. It was also assisted by a generous contribution from the newly created Guernsey Sporting Dinner Club set up this year to raise funds for the Programme.

Jeremy Sharratt, Chairman of Guernsey Sporting Dinner Club LBG, said: "We are delighted to have been able to provide funding support for this coaching trip as the first utilisation of the funds that we have raised to date for the development of Guernsey youth cricket. The trip will clearly be of enormous benefit to the three Guernsey boys who took part, as well as the young Guernsey coach, and such opportunities to further their playing and coaching skills and knowledge in a very professional environment, in the process challenging them outside of their island comfort zone, are an invaluable part of their development both as cricketers and as individuals."

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