We are delighted to announce the appointment of Sophie Luff to the role of Women & Girls Performance Head Coach. Sophie has replaced Paul Lawrence who stepped down from the role recently. Paul will continue to be Head Coach for the Somerset Women and also coach on the player pathway.
In her new role Sophie will be responsible for managing our female player pathway. The pathway includes all cricket above club and school standard up to and including our Somerset Women’s team who will compete in Division One of The County Championship this summer.
The purpose of the pathway is to help players develop so they can enjoy a successful career in the game. We want to develop cricketers who can win games for Somerset at senior level and then go on to represent Western Storm and England. We are also very passionate about developing every female player, so the South West Premier League and Somerset Ladies League become a viable option for talented women to play the game more locally.
Somerset Cricket Board Performance Head Coach, Matt Drakeley, who oversees the male and female pathway in Somerset is delighted with Sophie’s appointment. “Sophie has been coaching on the pathway for a number of years now and her ability to inspire and get the best out of players has shone through. A successful player herself, Sophie knows what is required to help players reach their potential and I’m looking forward to her taking our programmes to the next level.”
Sophie, who started in her new role on the 1st May is already planning for the 2018 winter training programme. “It’s a perfect time for me to come into the role. Matt, Paul and Michelle Brooks (Performance Administrator) have the summer programme planned so I can help the players get the most out of this summer at the same time as planning future structures and programmes. Youth performance cricket will be undergoing some exciting changes under Matt’s management and I’m really looking forward to playing my part with the female pathway.”
Sophie will continue to captain Somerset Women and play for Western Storm in the Kia Super League and Matt Drakeley is keen for this to continue. “We will be forming a management committee for the Women’s team to take away any conflict of interests that Sophie has as the Women & Girls Performance Head Coach and captain. We are also fully supportive of Sophie continuing to improve as a player herself and would love to see her join Anya Shrubsole and Fran Wilson in the England team.”
Sophie will combine her new role with her existing Community Coach role in the county where she delivers cricket in schools and clubs to help inspire the next generation of cricketers in Somerset.
If you are female and interested in giving cricket a go then why not get involved in some new soft ball opportunities that are launching around the county this summer.