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Durham academy sessions for Thorp cricketers

YOUNG cricketers with the potential to shine are hitting the crease at the Emirates Riverside.

YOUNG cricketers with the potential to shine are hitting the crease at the Emirates Riverside.

Students from Ryton’s Thorp Academy and Hartlepool’s Dyke House College – two Northern Education Trust schools – are gaining valuable experience from the visits to the home of Durham County Cricket Club.

Thorp and Dyke House both have excellent sports scholarship programmes and are sharing sessions at the excellent facilities led by Durham’s academy manager John Windows and his assistant James Lowe.

There will be 12 sessions held at Durham from January through until July when they will get a chance with bat and ball to have a flavour of what it is like for first class cricketers.

Danny Evans, who oversees the sport scholarships at Thorp and Dyke House, said: “We have identified talented potential cricketers at the two schools and invited them to train at Durham’s world class facility, the Emirates Durham.

“The sessions will include coaching from John Windows and James Lowe, a tour of the facilities and they will meet some of Durham’s professional players.

“At the first session they worked alongside Durham's academy and it was a great insight for our students to see the standards they need to reach if this avenue is to be their aim.

“The students will work in different areas of the indoor and outdoor facility where international teams play throughout the season. They will be in the nets and use bowling machines, with the aim to supplement the coaching they already receive at local cricket clubs.”

The Elite Performer Programme at Thorp Academy and the Elite Development Squad at Dyke House College provides scholars with the necessary information and opportunities to help them fulfil their potential in a sporting sense and academically.