The ECB's National Academy at Loughborough University opened for the 2003/04 intake in mid-October 2003, and was officially opened by Her Majesty The Queen on November 14.
The inauguration of the state-of-the-art facility marked a major step forward for cricket in England and Wales.
Renamed the National Cricket Performance Centre in June 2007, the NCPC is much more than just a training centre for the England Performance Programme players, however, as it provides an all-year-round facility to benefit cricket as a whole.
The name change better reflects the scope of activities at the facility, which incorporates all England squads (men and women, disabled and age-groups).
The philosophy is to identify and select the most talented cricketers, and develop them through excellent coaching and support services in outstanding facilities, in order for them to achieve their potential. Thus the ECB aims to produce England cricketers rather than cricketers who play for England.
The Performance programme - under the guidance of the ECB's Performance Director - incorporates technical, tactical, mental, physical and lifestyle development.
The NCPC facility also provides a training base for all the ECB representative age-group teams, senior and junior England Women’s squads - plus a base for development, coaching and rehabilitation programmes.
After more than a decade of planning, the 46-week build of the Loughborough facilities began in September 2002. The £4.5m construction of the indoor cricket centre has been universally welcomed, and become the cornerstone in the development of young cricketers and England's resurgence on the international scene.
In partnership with Loughborough University, which offers a range of world-class training, medical and sports science facilities concentrated together on one site as part of the English Institute of Sport, our cricketers now have the benefit of training alongside many of the country's best athletes from a variety of other sports.
ECB thanks Loughborough University, Sport England, the English Institute of Sport, Vodafone and the Allan and Nesta Ferguson Charitable Trust who have all helped us achieve this ambition.