Somerset Vice Captain Sophie Luff, who is also a Member of the Western Storm squad, has this week been included on the England Women’s Senior Academy.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has announced a restructure of the England Women’s Pathway and also named the players who will be supported and developed through the England Women’s Senior Academy and England Women’s Academy during the winter.
Sophie has played senior cricket for nearly 10 years and this summer lined up for Western Storm in the inaugural Kia Super League as well as fulfilling her Somerset commitments. After the announcement she said: “It’s great to be involved once again. This will be my fourth year on the programme so I’m probably viewed as one of the older, more experienced players but I can only see it as a positive.”
“We will be up at Loughborough for a training camp this weekend and then we have another two lined up before Christmas. We have already got together as a group twice for team building and fitness testing, and at Christmas re-selection will take place.”
The 22 year old, who has recently joined the Somerset Cricket Board coaching team went on: “There is a huge amount of excitement around the women’s game at the moment and to be involved in one of the England Development programmes is extremely pleasing. There are a few areas of my game that I know I need to work on if I am to progress to the next level, so it’s just a case of knuckling down over the winter and putting in the hard work.”
A number of other Western Storm players have also been named in the England Women’s Senior Academy including Georgia Hennessy and Freya Davies whilst two South West based players linked to the Western Storm (Danielle Gibson & Emily Edgcombe) have also been named in the England Junior Academy.
Commenting on the pathway, ECB’s Director of England Women’s Cricket, Clare Connor, said: “The England Women’s Academy and England Women’s Senior Academy are in place to help bridge the gap to international cricket whilst also developing players with the skills needed on and off the field to perform for England.
England Women’s Senior Academy & England Women’s Academy winter training squads 2016-2017:
|England Women’s Senior Academy||England Women’s Academy|
|Head Coach: John Stanworth||Head Coach: Salliann Briggs|
|1||Georgia Adams (Sussex)||Lauren Bell (Berkshire)|
|2||Hollie Armitage (Yorkshire)||Maria Bouchier (Middlesex)|
|3||Georgia Boyce (Nottinghamshire)||Izzy Cloke (Kent)|
|4||Thea Brookes (Worcestershire)||Charlie Dean (Hampshire)|
|5||Ellen Burt (Sussex)||Alice Dyson (Derbyshire)|
|6||Alice Davidson-Richards (Kent)||Emily Edgcombe (Cornwall)|
|7||Freya Davies (Sussex)||Danielle Gibson (Gloucestershire)|
|8||Sophia Dunkley (Middlesex)||Sarah Glenn (Derbyshire)|
|9||Sophie Ecclestone (Lancashire)||Amy Gordon (Surrey)|
|10||Kate George (Hampshire)||Eva Gray (Surrey)|
|11||Georgia Hennessy (Warwickshire)||Lucy Higham (Leicestershire)|
|12||Evelyn Jones (Staffordshire)||Anna Nicholls (Middlesex)|
|13||Hannah Jones (Surrey)||Tara Norris (Sussex)|
|14||Emma Lamb (Lancashire)||Millie Pope (Middlesex)|
|15||Sophie Luff (Somerset)||Rihanna Southby (Surrey)|
|16||Paige Scholfield (Sussex)||Alex Travers (Surrey)|
|17||Bryony Smith (Surrey)||Katie Wolfe (Middlesex)|
|18||Linsey Smith (Berkshire)|
|19||Ellie Threlkeld (Lancashire)|