WEMBDON Cricket Club player, youth team coach, All Stars Cricket coordinator and vice-chairman Joe Syvret was recently invited to the ECB National Cricket Performance Centre at Loughborough University, where he collected the special accolade of 'Somerset Young Cricket Coach of the Year'.

Syvret spent the day working with some of England's greats, including Mark Ramprakash, Peter Such and Graham Thorpe.

The 21-year-old has been involved with Wembdon CC for many years, despite his young age.

He played through Wembdon’s successful youth set-up, along with brothers Jack, Max and Tom, under the watchful eye of dad Paul.

It was at the end of his youth team playing days that Syvret begun coaching the next generation of cricketers, helping to score and umpire, and supporting brother Max in managing teams.

In more recent times he has dedicated his time to leading Wembdon’s All Stars Cricket programme aimed at five-nine-year-olds.

Syvret is often the first coach that boys and girls get when joining the club from the age of four, and he also volunteers his time supporting the Under-13, Under-15 and Ladies teams whenever possible.

He is loved around the club by its members, who are extremely grateful for his commitment to youth cricket.

Without Syvret and others like him, Wembdon’s youth cricket programme, which has run for many decades, could not continue to flourish and thrive.