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Coaching at Poulton


The departure of Liam Smith, our player coach, has meant that the committee has had to overhaul our coaching offering for the 2022 season. We have spent over £1,000 putting senior club members through the ECB's coaching courses in order to have a larger coaching team that is no so dependent on a few individuals and can share the administrative demands of such an important job.

For the 2022 Season, the club coaching team will comprise the following coaches who have all passed the ECB's programmes. The old level 1 & 2 structure of coaching training has been replaced by new Foundation and Core qualifications respectively.  Coaches who have the level 1 & 2 or Foundation & Core qualifications are able to lead coaching sessions on their own with each of these individuals passing enhanced safeguarding checks & training as well as first aid qualifications. To have seven level 2/Core coaches in the same club is a rare resource and we are looking to build on this number moving forward, maitaining the club's focus on coach to child ratios. 

Our plan for the 2022 season is that each age group is lead by a level 2/core qualified coach with at least a level 1/foundation or support coach as back-up in support. Rather than post contact details on the website, you can contact each of the Coaches via the Spond app. We have taken note of the 2021 surveys and will be placing greater emphasis on batting coaching during the 2022 season. 

If you have a question regarding coaching, please approach your respective coach in the first instance. Our coaches will be happy to speak to you before or after training or at another convenient time. Please do not interrupt coaching sessions, as this may distract the coach when he or she needs to be supervising and indeed coaching children.

As of April 2022, our coaching team is as follows. 


Level 2/Core Coaches

Dave Dunn

Dave will be the lead coach for the Under 13s for 2022 having looked after the under 11s last year. Training for the u13s will be on Monday night between 6-8pm.  He's also the club Chair

Gaby Reeves

When she is able to, Gaby will back up other coaches this season along with Ladies Coaching as well. She is an ECB Coach Development scholar, in an important fnal year of school and still playing for the County Ladies team. 

James Newman

James will design the coaching plans for the club and lead Senior section coaching on a Thursday night at the club, He is also the 1st XI Vice Captain. 

Mark Robbins

Mark will be the Lead Coach for the Under 15s. Training will be on Thursday evenings 

Max Arnold

Max will be looking after the Under 19s GYL squad this year as well as helping with other age groups when he is able to. 

Neil Cheesewright

Neil will be looking after the Under 9s from May this year having coached at all levels of the club. U9s Training will be on Sunday mornings from 10am

Philippa Dunn

Philippa will be the new Ladies coach as well as their Captain for the 2022 season. 

Will Bathurst

Will is going to help coach the Under 9s until May and will also be stepping in on the Under 11s given Gaby's commitments. He is also making himself available for flexible girls only coaching sessions with the aim of developing a girls team at Poulton CC. He is also the club's deputy Safeguarding officer, Youth Section Manager and Treasurer. 


Level 1/Foundation Coaches

Fred Bayliss

Fred will help with with several of the junior sides over the course of the season as well as being a 3rd XI stalwart passionate about developing the technical skills required in cricket.