Not really - most of the school teams are made up of those who already play in Community Clubs. It should be the other way - start scholarships later, not sooner
I appreciate that. I just remember from my youth playing cricket a similar option was available.
That would be a brilliant idea but it would depend on the demand on the kids, we've kids who are being told not to play at their community clubs by the pro clubs.
When I was a kid, all the best cricket players from schools within the Wigan Met Borough (sadly I went to a school in Wigan despite living in St Helens) all came together to play at the relevant age groups against other 'town' teams. I remember playing against Mancester, Tameside, St Helens, Liverpool, Blackpool, Bolton schools etc. We then were given some 'top-level' coaching from various high level coaches in the areas in order to improve our performance. This competition then fed the Lancashire County sides and the centre of excellence. To me, this seems like a perfect model to implement as a development tool. It had no real impact on the local cricket clubs as we trained/played during the week, normally a Wednesday, which freed everyone up to train/play for their clubs as normal.