NWCU announce summer youth pathway programme
The NWCU have announced details of a busy summer programme for their boys and girls development squad programmes.
The North West Warriors U15 and U17 Boys will play in a bilateral series against NCU with fixtures starting next week with the Warriors U17s away to NCU at CIYMS on 6th August and the return fixture at Ardmore on 13th August. The Warriors U15s will play at Lisburn on 12th August followed by a home game against NCU at Donemana on 19th August.
A number of U17 Warriors have been playing in the recent Warriors Pathway series at Eglinton, with more opportunities to impress in the weeks ahead. The NWCU have arranged a further four Pathway games, the first of which are this Friday with an U19s game at Ardmore and an U15s game at Donemana.
The North West Warriors girls will play a number of games against the Northern Knights at various ages groups with fixtures planned at U13, U15, U19 and U23 level. The first game is an U19 game against Northern Knights at Coleraine, on Friday 31st July.
Peter McCartney, NWCU General Manager, explained the revised schedule this summer
With travel limitations and the various protocols in place, we are restricted to just fixtures against the NCU this summer but it’s great to get in bilateral series’ across the age groups with them.
It’s unfortunate we don’t have the usual week-long Interprovincial series but Covid-19 makes it simply impossible to do and we can’t travel to Leinster or Munster for any games. However we are trying to provide as much game time as possible and therefore are arranging additional pathway games similar to those ongoing at Eglinton. We will change the age groups around depending on the games so this week for example we have an U19 Pathway game at Ardmore and an U15 Pathway game at Donemana.
The girls programme has plenty of games too with the Northern Knights across the age groups from U23s down to U13s combined with some intra-squad games as well. There are a number of girls who would fit into various squads and the coaches are keen to give as much playing time to all the age groups this summer.
Our U13 Boys started their summer camp last week and they will have a mixture of training sessions and intra-squad games throughout August. We are also doing something similar at U11 level and combined with their club fixtures it should be a pretty busy August for them.
The coaches, parents and clubs have all been very understanding in arranging the programmes and the support from Cricket Ireland has also helped.