NEW Ossett Cricket Club chairman Bob Schofield has continued his restructuring at Dimple Wells by welcoming former Yorkshire and Derbyshire player John Sadler to the club’s coaching staff.
Schofield has highlighted a need for a more professional approach at the club since he took charge at the end of last season - and Sadler fits the bill.
He has a wealth of experience at professional county cricket level, playing over 60 first-class matches for Yorkshire, Leicestershire and Derbyshire, and his family has a long-standing relationship with the Ossett club.
John’s dad, Michael, coached the junior section when John and his two brothers, Jamie and David, played for the club.
And John has followed in his dad’s footsteps by taking a coaching role at Dimple Wells and helping to fine-tune the club’s players of the future.
“I’ve always said the future of the cricket club is with the junior section,” said Schofield.
“It was important that we got a more professional approach to things and bringing John in does exactly that.
“He’ll help out with the juniors in the nets and he’s also helping with the senior players too. He’s been running coaching courses of his own for a while now and he can also offer one-on-one coaching if players require it.”
Sadler, who now plays for Hoylandswaine Cricket Club in the Huddersfield Drakes Cricket League, has already started helping out at the club’s winter net training at Wakefield City Academy in Eastmoor.
And Schofield says the impact has been extremely positive.
“There’s a big change in the coaching and the juniors, and seniors, are loving it,” he said.
“Before we’ve had parents helping out and although we’ve been grateful for that, it’s often the case that they move on as soon as their children move on from the club so we had to do something to stop that.”
Schofield has revealed an encouraging increase in player numbers, both in the junior and senior set-up, ahead of the forthcoming 2012 season.
And he’s appealing for more players to come down and bolster the Ossett ranks.
“The more new faces that come along the better for the club, and for the players,” he said.
“It means we have stronger squads and it means players have to work hard and impress in training in order to earn their places in the team at the weekend.”
Winter training is currently taking place for juniors and seniors weekly at Wakefield City Academy on Tuesday night.
Outdoor training starts on Friday, April 6 ahead of a new season which starts on Saturday, April 21 for the senior teams. The junior campaign, with teams competing in the Heavy Woollen Junior League, starts from Sunday, April 29.
Anyone interested in joining the club should contact Bob Schofield on 07846 754059 for more information.
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