The Bank of Bermuda Foundation supports the 14&U Youth League. Over the past years, the league has grown considerably from 6 teams to 15. In that time the U13 National Programme was launched from the 13&U League and several players have moved from the league and now play for Bermuda in the National U19 Squad.
In 2009, the 14&U League grew to accommodate three regions - East, Central and West, with a total of fifteen teams. Twelve clubs and three schools entered teams - a BCB record for the 14&U age group.
The BCB is extremely proud of the way in which the leagues have developed since its inception. The BCB have offered a variety of coaching courses and resources to assist the many volunteers with coaching. Not only have the numbers increased but the quality of players have improved, many of which feed into our national programs which have been the foundation of our development program. Many of our U19 National Team players played in our Youth League.
Greg Maybury played for Somerset CC in the 14&U League and has been extremely successful. He is currently on a BCB scholarship and attends Oakham School, UK. At only 14, Greg opened the bowling in senior domestic cricket in Bermuda. Greg was a member of our U15 national team and has now progressed to the U19 National side. He competed in the ICC U15 Americas Regional Championships in the summer of 2008 and competed in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in March 2008. Greg is currently in trials to train and play with Leicester County U16 side, which will be a huge achievement and a great learning experience.
Joshua Gilbert also played for Somerset CC in the 14&U League. He continues to progress through the BCB National Programmes where he started in the National U13 side. Currently he is a member of the U15 and U19 National Team. Joshua was picked to represent Bermuda in the Americas XI Team at the CLICO Tournament in April 2008 with only four other Bermudian players. He competed in the ICC Americas U15 Championship in the summer of 2008 and took 5 for 15 against the Bahamas. Joshua won Young Player of the Year Award in the Domestic League. He took 17 wickets in 7 games and had an average of 14.88 for Somerset CC.
These are just two of the players who have started in the BCB Youth League and who are progressing successfully through our national programmes. The BCB would like to thank the Bank of Bermuda Foundation for their continued support of this valuable programme which helps young Bermudians find the right path for a successful future.