SCB staff

Cricket Development Manager - Andy Fairbairn

Andy joined the Somerset Cricket Board in March 2012 having previously been employed by Devon Cricket Board for six years. Andy's main areas of responsibility are strategic planning and financial management as well as line managing all SCB employees. Andy is also the main contact for clubs and schools regarding facility development and funding applications.

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Senior Development Officer - Brian HoyleBrian Hoyle

Brian has been employed by the Somerset Cricket Board for 12 years and has a vast understanding of cricket development in Somerset. Brian is in charge of coach education in the county and ensures that the needs of new and existing coaches are met by putting on and administrating numerous coach education courses throughout the year. Brian also leads on ClubMark in the county and manages a team of volunteer ClubMark accreditors who support our many clubs through the process. Brian manages our junior competition program which includes the ECB club U13 & U15 cups and primary school ASDA Kwik Cricket competitions.

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Youth Development Manager - Scott Chappell

Scott joined the staff in October 2016 having previously worked in South Devon as a Community Coach, County Age Group Coach and Tutor. Scott manages Somerset’s Chance to Shine projects and offers support to the clubs and schools involved. Scott also manages the board’s Community Coaches and casual coaches, as well overseeing the board’s holiday courses, Development Centres and other coaching activities. For more information on any of these programmes please contact Scott directly.

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Performance Head Coach - Matt Drakeley

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Women & Girls' Performance Coach & Community Coach (part-time) - Sophie Luff

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League & Club Development Officer - Matt Counsell

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Richard Huish Academy Head Coach (part-time) - Keith Parsons

Ex Somerset professional, Keith Parsons manages the Richard Huish Academy programme and also heads the coaching on the programme. The Academy is the result of a successful partnership between Richard Huish College and the Somerset Cricket Board that has 12 players on its books. The players combine academic studies at the college with a mixture of weekly 2:1 coaching sessions, group coaching sessions and fitness sessions throughout the off season and a full calendar of fixtures during the summer. The academy is based at The County Ground, Taunton and has a fantastic team of level three and four coaches who are all vastly experienced in coaching and developing talented players.

Please contact Brian Hoyle with any queries regarding the Richard Huish Academy.

Community Coach, South Somerset - Andrew Skidmore

Appointed in January 2015, Andrew Skidmore heads up Chance to Shine delivery across the south of the county. With a range of experience working in sport development and four years as a coach on the Bridgwater Cricket Club Chance to Shine programme he is well acquitted to head up school delivery and his passionate coaching style will no doubt engage the next generation of young cricketers.  With a role that predominantly focuses on Secondary School delivery Andrew runs a number of extra-curricular sessions at a range of schools, he also oversees all secondary school competition. For more information on schools competition or cricket coaching across South Somerset please contact Andrew directly.

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Community Coach, North Somerset - Alex Taylor

Alex was appointed in March 2015 as our new community coach in North Somerset. Heading up Chance to Shine delivery for the region, he is based at Wellsway School and works predominantly in the Bath, North Somerset and South Bristol areas. Playing his cricket at Keynsham CC and with a wide range of coaching experience Alex is highly qualified to deliver the Chance to Shine and Somerset Cricket Board message to both primary and secondary pupils across the region. Alex is an ECB level 3 coach delivering on the SCB boys and girls performance programmes. As well as now being an ECB coach education tutor.