Youth leagues were first introduced in Belgium in 2001 when three teams competed at the Under-11 and Under-13 levels and four in the Under-15 age-group.
Preparation for the leagues included courses to qualify the country's first Level One coaches and visits by highly qualified professional coaches from the UK who worked to develop the skills of the players.
In fact, Cricket Belgium's confidence in its youth players led to the first national youth squad travelling to Berlin the same year to play in the European Under-15 B Championships.
Today youth leagues are operated in the Under-11, Under-13 and Under-15 age-groups while national Under-17 and Under-19 selections play in the senior leagues (usually Division 3 or 4) in European Championship years.
Under-13 and Under-15 selections also play in the Dutch youth leagues.