Former England cricketer Geoff Cook has joined Philadelphia Cricket Club as the club’s new performance director.
The former Durham head coach’s appointment began last week.
Cook, who played for England in the 1980s and subsequently led Durham to major trophies as coach, has been appointed to improve skills and performance across the club.
His new role, which will see him taking training sessions with all teams, from U11s up to the seniors, has come about thanks to a sponsorship deal with Felling-based brick supplier W. McGovern & Co.
Cook said: “Grass-roots cricket is at the heart of developing talent for the sport.
“Philadelphia is a well-run club and has a solid foundation, with their first team finishing third in the Durham Cricket League last year.
“I am thrilled to assist Phili with their cricket and help fulfil the ambitions that the club have.”
Philadelphia chairman Malcolm Pratt said: “I am over the moon that Geoff is joining us.
“He is regarded as one of the best coaches in the country and has a fantastic CV, having coached Durham to three county championships.
“It is a wonderful opportunity for our players, particularly the junior members, whom Geoff will be coaching on a regular basis.
“He will also be watching all of the teams in action. We are keen to attract more emerging talent and if any youngsters would like to join the club they can contact me on 0191 3890484 for more information.”
Rob Hughes, managing director of W. McGovern & Co., said: “I am delighted that we have been able to bring Geoff Cook on board for the club.
“We are a local company with a long history of working with and supplying bricks to local businesses.
“The North East is part of our heritage and it is great to be able to support nearby sports clubs and give something back to the communities we work alongside.
“I am looking forward to seeing the club develop under Geoff’s coaching.”
Cook will meet parents and junior members in the clubhouse this Saturday from 7pm. Senior players will also attend.
Any youngster wishing to join the club is invited to attend.
Cook will also be at the club’s senior indoor nets at Sandhill School on Saturday morning from 11am.