Gloucestershire's cricket stars of tomorrow will be able to watch the current team for free next summer after it was agreed that all junior county players will receive complimentary membership.
Around 170 youngsters from the county's 12 age group squads will benefit from the offer, which forms part of a closer working relationship between Gloucestershire Cricket and the Gloucestershire Cricket Board.
The membership package includes free entry to Gloucestershire home games across all competitions. It will be given to every player that makes their respective summer county squads from under 10 to under 17 boys, under 13, 15, 17 girls and the senior women.
Gloucestershire chief executive Will Brown said: "It is recognition of how important they are to the club and its future. We want to reward them for getting into the final county squads and make them feel like an integral part of Gloucestershire Cricket."
The move follows the club's announcement that it has dropped the cost of junior membership for next season from £27 to £20 - or just £17 if you sign up before January 10. The club has also raised the age limit to 19 to try and increase the number of young fans who come to watch.
Will added: "We have reduced our membership prices for juniors this year which shows our ongoing support of our junior following. We hope that by offering them top-class cricket, in a great venue and at an affordable price, we can encourage the next generation of Gloucestershire players and supporters."
GCB cricket development manager Steve Silk welcomed the offer of free membership to county players.
He said: "It is a wonderful gesture from the county club and a great reward for our young county players. It reinforces the idea that everyone from our under 10s up to the first XI are all part of the same club. I hope our youngsters will take up the opportunity to come and watch games and it will inspire them to follow in the current squad's footsteps."
As well as its new junior membership, Gloucestershire Cricket is also offering its senior supporters a range of revamped packages for 2014.
These include the Twenty20 Plus offer which includes all t20 home group stage matches and all LV County Championship and one day group stage matches that fall on weekends. This package is £99, with a £10 early bird discount if purchased before 10 January.
For more information about the different membership options available please visit http://www.gloscricket.co.uk/cricket-membership/
About the Gloucestershire Cricket Board
The Gloucestershire Cricket Board is the governing body for cricket in Gloucestershire and the local delivery arm of England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). Gloucestershire Cricket Board works with clubs, schools and community groups to improve and increase cricket provision and competitive opportunities in Gloucestershire. It provides training and guidance in a range of areas including coach education; groundsmanship; and umpiring and scoring. Gloucestershire Cricket Board also runs high performance cricket in the county for both male and female cricketers.
About Gloucestershire County Cricket Club
Gloucestershire Cricket is one of the 18 First Class County Cricket Clubs in the UK. The Club was established in 1870, with WG Grace a founding member, one of the most famous and influential cricketers in history. GCCC is based in the heart of Bristol, in the Bishopston area, just off Gloucester Road. The home and main ground, The Bristol County Ground, is currently undergoing a complete redevelopment which is designed to secure International Cricket at Bristol and transform our facilities for match days and for events on non-match days. A key part of this development is the new Bristol Pavilion which opened in August 2013. It has state of the art media and hospitality facilities and superb views of the ground from behind the bowler's arm.
Source: Gloucestershire Cricket Board