The Leicestershire Young Cricketers Education Trust
The David Wilson Trust Fund (LYCET) has been set up to benefit young Leicestershire and Rutland cricketers. Leicestershire had 5 young England age group internationals in 2008 in Josh Cobb, James Taylor, Greg Smith, Nathan Buck and Shiv Thakor.
All these players started their cricket careers with Leicestershire under 11s and it is the first time Leicestershire has had this number of representatives at international level. All have already benefited from the Trust Fund, in particular Josh Cobb and James Taylor, who spent time in South Africa, and Greg Smith who spent two weeks in Bangalore.
The Trust has set up excellent working relationships with the North West Cricket Union based in Potchefstroom, South Africa, and the Darren Lehman Academy in Adelaide, Australia. The Trust is also setting up an agreement with the New Zealand Cricket Board via an ex-Warwickshire player, Andy Moles, who is now coach to the national side and is keen to work with the Trust on player exchanges.
The Trust feels this will give an excellent opportunity for its young cricketers to be fast-tracked in their learning processes by playing cricket in a variety of conditions abroad.
In addition, many of the young bowlers have learned from the great fast bowler Dennis Lillie in his bowling camps in India: Alex Wyatt, Nathan Buck and Harry Gurney have all benefited via the Trust Fund in working with Lillee.
Young cricketers from the age of 11 are also benefiting from the Fund as a number of ex-Leicestershire cricketers are helping in the delivery of the winter programmes to both county and district cricketers: Phillip De Freitas, Carl Crowe, Trevor Ward, Nick Cook have all assisted recently with coaching. None of these experiences would have been possible without the David Wilson Trust Fund.