THREE Cumbrian cricketers have been accepted on to the Diploma in Sports Excellence (DiSE).

The programme is run by the English Cricket Board (ECB) and helps aspiring young players take steps towards going into professional cricket.

Dec Tyson, Jenny Fallows and Olivia Brindsen from Cumbria Cricket have all secured places on the programme which will take place over the next 18 months through Loughborough University.

Cumbria Cricket's EPP and boys pathway lead, David Fallow expressed how proud he is of Dec for securing his place on the programme.

Fallows also detailed how the programme will support Dec's studies whilst he continues to develop his cricket career.

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He said: "This a fantastic opportunity for Dec to be involved in a national cricket education programme to run alongside his practical cricket development and his college studies.

"The diploma gives Dec the chance to explore cricket from the academic point of view and gain UCAS points over the 2 year duration to go towards a university application if he chooses that route."

Graeme Dodds, female pathway lead at Cumbria Cricket also explained why the DiSE is such a significant programme for women's cricket in Cumbria.

He said: "Cumbria Cricket are looking raise the profile of female Cricket across the county from All stars to the professional game. This programme is a great opportunity to enhance the profile of female participation. 

"We have some very talented girls in the area and the DiSE programme is a stepping stone to the professional game.

"It's a first for Cumbria and a great opportunity for Liv and Jen to take their career to the next level. It goes without saying they will do Cumbria proud and we wish them great success."

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