Scott Chappell has recently taken up his new post with the Somerset Cricket Board as the new Youth Development Manager, which includes overseeing the School’s Programme, Community Coaches, Commercial Coaching and Disability cricket in the county.
“I’m very excited about the job and the different challenges it will present me with. It’s something I’m really looking forward to,” said Scott, who hails from Kerswell in East Devon and plays cricket for his local club Kentisbeare. “It’s great to be involved with a First Class cricket county and oversee county wide programmes.”
Before joining the SCB Scott was a community cricket coach working within the Dartmoor School Sport Partnership based at South Dartmoor Community College in Ashburton.
“I have a lot of experience of working within cricket and schools and knowing how things work, as well as knowing how to get the best out of children and the people around them,” he said. “It’s great driving through the gates and seeing the ground everyday. I don’t need much more inspiration than that to come to work. Where else would you rather be than here at the Cooper Associates County Ground. It’s a dream job for me.
“One of the first things that I’ll be doing is preparing for next summer and also getting out to meet the clubs and the schools across the county. That is something I’m really looking forward to.”
Finally what sort of health does Scott feel recreational cricket is in? “I think that there are a few challenges nowadays with getting people to play cricket,” he said. “But it’s up to us to provide them with the opportunities that they need. Whether it’s Saturday afternoon, evening, informal or indoor cricket in whatever format. It’s up to us to provide that.”
The SCB new Youth Development Manager can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org