The creation of a ‘James Anderson Bursary Scheme’ designed to provide financial assistance to talented youngcricketers, supporting them so that they are able to achieve / maximise their potential
The ‘Scheme’ will be made up of 2 key strands which will include the funding of LCCC Scholarship Players (inbetween the academy and a professional contract) which has been identified as an existing gap and the establishment of a ‘discretionary fund’ which will be utilised on a case by case basis to support promising junior players involved in age group cricket with kit etc. to help with their progression as well as, in extreme circumstances,supporting talented young players with their school fees as was done with Haseeb Hameed. Any individuals funded (in particular the funded Scholarship Players) would be celebrated and utilised to support wider community initiatives (delivered by the Foundation) to give something back and help inspire additional young people in return for the financial support they receive.
1) LCCC Scholarship Players
Identified by LCCC Academy and First/Second team coaching staff selected individuals who are not initially taken on a full time professional contract will be provided with the necessary funds required to enable them to continue to train and develop with the LCCC squad for an additional year. The number of individuals provided with this support will vary from year to year based on the identified potential of individuals to progress if given additional support. This ‘Scheme’ and the funding support it provides will be suitable for players that the coaches feel have the potential for further development; recent examples include Rob Jones and Danny Lamb who were given a similar opportunity and have subsequently been offered a professional contract. Successful recipients of funding through the ‘Scheme’ will be announced at the annual Gala Dinner and Player of the Year Awards and it is intended that this is recognised as prestigious, that it is public facing and could therefore be used to help raise the wider profile of cricket / LCCC. Additional mentoring support will be provided by James Anderson (and others) as and when required by the individuals / where his schedule allows.
2) Discretionary Fund
With cases for consideration put forward by the existing cricket network / structures (LCB led / run) on an annual basis (at 2 agreed points in the year) funding would be made available to support identified promising young cricketers involved in the existing County Age Group player pathways as follows:
Kit Equipment Travel
Funding will be made available to support promising young cricketers involved in the existing County Age Group player pathways who struggle to fund the kit, equipment and travel costs required by a player at this level
In rare cases, where there is a real possibility that young talent will leave the Lancashire system, educational support would be considered (Haseeb Hameed being a recent example) Funding would also be made available as and when required to the wider local cricket network in extreme/unique cases; an example being the floods of 2015/16. In all cases any funds provided would be
designed to give every individual receiving support through the ‘Scheme’ the maximum opportunity to succeed /
fulfill their potential. All the strands identified as a part of the ‘Scheme’ are easy to scale up and down year on year dependent on the funds available.
LCCC Board representatives will be primarily responsible for seeking funding for the ‘Scheme’ from individual donors and sponsors as well as carefully selected and approved corporate/commercial partners. No corporate/commercial funding would be agreed without approval from James Anderson himself.
Funding will be initially sought to establish a seed fund to support the first few years of awards and additional fundraising will be carried out during this cycle to ensure sustainability.
The ‘Scheme’ will be run on an annual basis and the funding made available for each year would be agreed in line with the funds that had been raised / previously held in the seed fund.
The ‘Scheme’ would be managed, delivered and administered by the LCCC Foundation, an independent & registered charity working with schools & community groups to develop and deliver a range of Education, Health, Community Cohesion & Cricket Development projects, programmes & events designed to ‘inspire communities through cricket’.
Decisions on the awarding of funding will be made by a ‘committee’ established for this very purpose which will involve James Anderson, Luke Sutton, an LCCC representative, an LCB representative, a Foundation representative and selected individual / corporate funders who provide the necessary revenue.
Any funds awarded will be distributed through the existing financial mechanisms the Foundation has in place and monitored accordingly.
February 2017 Document circulated for further comment to all parties involved in shaping it to dateMarch 2017 All parties to meet to ‘sign off’ the ‘Scheme’; the ‘Scheme’ to be shared with the relevant Boards (LCCC, LCB, LCCC Foundation) for approval Once approval is secured the Timeframe (as referenced earlier in the document) will be followed.