Willow Shines in Somerset Player Pathway
King’s Hall pupil and talented cricket player, Willow Simpson, received some special news over the holiday, when she was selected as part of Somerset Cricket Girls’ Junior Pathway Winter Training Squad.
Last summer, the Year 6 pupil, who currently plays for Brompton Ralph Cricket Club, made quite the impression in an Under 11 match against Wellington School. Her talents were spotted by an ex-England women’s coach who recommended she try out for Somerset. As a result, Willow attended the recent Junior Player Pathway Assessment.
Over 600 young cricketers, nominated by clubs and schools across Somerset, attended the trials, resulting in 40 girls aged between 10 and 13 being offered places in the Junior Pathway Squad – including Willow.
The Junior Pathway programme provides talented young players, who currently sit outside of the County Age Group Programme, the opportunity to access increased training and playing time throughout the year.
As part of the Junior Pathway Centre Programme, Willow will attend seven two-hour winter group sessions. This additional training programme will run alongside the County Age Group Programme and allow for more transition across the two groups, with the squad taking part in a special Progressive Playing Programme over the summer.
Ruth Thomas, Willow’s coach at King’s Hall, said: “This is great news! Willow is a very keen and talented cricketer who deserves the opportunity to show what she is capable of.”
Published on: Wednesday, January 16, 2019