Wiltshire Cricket

Emerging Player Programme

The Emerging Player Programme (EPP) is a prestigious one to one elite coaching programme for the most talented cricketers in Wiltshire between the ages of 13 and 15.

The aim of the programme is to prepare players to go on to a First Class academy or the Wiltshire 2nd XI at the age of 16 through a regular programme of intense, quality coaching and a closely managed match play programme. On an annual basis only a handful of players will be invited to be on the EPP as it is a big commitment for both player and coach and is pitched at a very elite level.

From 2017 onwards, we entered in to formal partnerships with Gloucestershire Cricket Board and Hampshire County Cricket Club to co-deliver two EPP programmes in Wiltshire.

These are dual branded programmes as follows:

  • Wiltshire/Gloucestershire EPP (based in the North of the county)
  • Wiltshire/Hampshire EPP (based in the South of the county)

Both programmes involve:

  • Weekly, two hour EPP sessions held at a Wiltshire venue (one in North and one in South)
  • Sessions led by an EPP coach from the respective First Class county
  • Supporting these sessions are Wiltshire county age group coaches

The number of players attending the EPP sessions will be flexible and dependent on the number of players identified to be suitable to be invited on to the programme. However, the group will be a small one, to enable one to one coaching to take place within the sessions, but also so that players can work together with other likeminded players

The cost of the programme is free to the players invited.

Who qualifies for the programme?

Players selected for the programme will come from the under 13, 14 or 15 age groups (age group that they will play for during the following summer)

How does selection work?

The selection process for the programme involves:

  • At the end of each season, proposals will be put forward by the previous summers’ county under 12, 13 and 14 coaches
  • A selection meeting between these coaches, and the EPP assistant coaches will take place in the autumn (with invitation open to Gloucestershire and Hampshire coaches to attend)

This approach helps us achieve two key things:

1. A wider group than just one person taking responsibility for selection

2. By increasing the size of the programme, through having two centres, the programme will appear more open and accessible to players

2016-2017 EPP Players

Charlie Slade – Wiltshire / Gloucesterhire programme

Toby Kershaw – Wiltshire / Gloucesterhire programme

Kian Chivers – Wiltshire / Gloucesterhire programme

Keron Bennett Thomas - Wiltshire / Gloucestershire programme

Edward Wade – Wiltshire / Hampshire programme

Bryce Furlong – Wiltshire / Hampshire programme

Jayden Atkinson – Wiltshire / Hampshire programme

Benji Tucker – Wiltshire / Hampshire programme

Ben Higton – Wiltshire / Hampshire programme

History of the EPP

Since the EPP began in 2007 Wiltshire has enjoyed great success in terms of the numbers of players who have left the programme to join First Class academies and so a key role of the EPP Head Coach has always been to facilitate links with First Class counties to ensure that they are aware of Wiltshire's EPP players and to add value to Wiltshire's programme where possible.