Junior Cricket – “Bulldog Academy” & Western Spirit

Junior Development Work planned for 2018/19

Section 1.


FCC have 3 Blocks off Development Sessions throughout the Year for Invited players off approx 45 players from around the State at each training session


These sessions will be run by Specialist Coaching Team 


Senior Head Coach Stan Nell,

1st XI Captain Dylan Kight,

1st XI player Lucas Dredge,

3rd XI Captain Stu Wilson,

4th XI Captain Harshad Dixit,

Chairman of Selectors Kirk Lucas,

Talent Identification Officer George Shaw

Other FCC players will also be in attendance.


Section 2.


Bulldog Cricket Academy set up to Develop Juniors in Western Region through the WRJCA Association/ FCC programs  ,  which incorporates the Spirit Pathway Program along with Clubs in the North West Region that live in Region 9 Area


U 14’s , U 16’s & U 18’s Player list is made up the following way


1/            WRJCA performances from the past season  as recorded in MyCricket.

2/            Players were required meet certain criteria to be considered (Runs/Wickets/Dismissals) in their age group

3/            All WRJCA clubs also has the opportunity to nominate suitable players.

4/            Region 9 based clubs that participate in the North West Cricket Association were also invited to nominate players.

5/            They have Involved Spirit Rep Teams U 14, U 16 & U 18’s or they are nominated by key people in the Region


U 14’s      looking at 3 Teams (Spirit & 2 VMCU Teams) Need 39 players plus 2 emergency’s

U 16’s      looking at 2 Teams (Spirit & 1 VMCU Team) Need 26 players plus 2 emergency’s

U 18’s      looking at 2 Teams (Spirit & 1 VMCU Team which is an Under 17 Team ) Need 26 players plus 2 emergency’s




1/            To have a well structured Program

2/            Age appropriate.

3/            Includes development opportunities for junior players in the region.




1/            Program that Continues the skill development of players.

2/            Improves players along with a specialist Coaching session for feed back to all players

3/            Allow players the understanding of the game of cricket.




1/            program that will  Prepare players to be fit and ready for the upcoming season.

2/            we  Identify suitable players to progress to trial for representative teams


Responsibilities & Expectations


1/            Respectful and courteous behaviour at all times.

2/            Players/Parents/Coaches we all have a responsibility to our Code of Behaviour (Nil Tolerance)




1/            We will have 4 Training sessions with back up day the U 14’s & U 16’s & 3 Sessions for U18’s , which all players are expected to attend

2/            We will then Cut the Squads to 48 players to cover off 2 trial Matches where coaches will assess players under match conditions.

3/            Final squads will be selected at the conclusion of the practice matches of which the Spirit U 14 , U16 & U 18 Squads of 15 will be picked (13 players & 2 Emergencies for U14 & U18 , U16 will look at 15 due to new format)

4/            Coaches of each team will hold individual training sessions leading into respective carnivals / championships.

5/            You will also be trialling for the VMCU Teams which is 2 x U14, 1 U16 Team & 1 x U18 Team which will be made up of many U17 Players

6/            Some lads will go back to the North West Teams for their VMCU trials , which we will advise the Regional people who they are


The Carnival is also trials for Vic Try outs of which last season we had 7 Players play in Victorian Rep teams at Under 19 , Under 17,  Under 15 & Under 12


FCC have the most Test Caps since late 50’s from one Club in Australia along with being the awarded the Best Premier Club in Australia the past two years



George Shaw

Talent Identification Director

Footscray CC

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