Chris Read joins Uppingham School as the new director of cricket as of September. The wicket keeper, who has played in 15 Test matches and 36 one-day internationals, is retiring from the game with Nottinghamshire Country Club at the end of the 2017 season.
Uppingham’s new director of cricket has captained Nottinghamshire for almost ten years and led the club to the county championship in 2010. He will now work with children of all abilities, whether that is facilitating opportunities for aspirational players whose talents can take them to county, regional or national level, or enabling players to advance within the school’s own team structure.
Mr Read is the latest addition to the Uppingham sports department, which boasts another international player on its staff list – Nick De Luca, who is director of rugby.
The Uppingham sports centre, which was officially opened by the current chairman of the British Olympic Association, Lord Coe, in 2010, houses a large six-court sports hall, a six-land swimming pool, gymnasium, glass-backed squash courts, two dance studios, a 53-station fitness studio and a hospitality suite. The school also has 65 acres of playing fields.
Uppingham School’s headmaster, Dr Richard Maloney, said: ‘I am thrilled that Chris Read will be joining our teaching staff later this year as director of cricket. He is an inspirational person and will be a very significant appointment as we further strengthen our world-class sports coaching team.
Chris Read said: ‘I am so pleased to be joining Uppingham at this most exciting time for sport at the school. I have been honoured to have played cricket at the highest level for both club and country. Now I am delighted to have the chance to pass on my knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to the next generation, to help them achieve personally on the cricket field and enjoy playing sport as part of a broader healthy lifestyle. I am particularly pleased that my new role will include the development of the game for both sexes and look forward to growing a strong girls cricket programme at the school.’
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