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Kent Cricket Board appoint new director of community cricket

Sunday 25th July 2010

The Kent Cricket Board has appointed Gary Stephens (pictured)as its new director of community cricket. He takes on the role immediately and will be responsible for leading the development of cricket in the county.

Previously head of development for Volleyball England and director of development for the English Hockey Association, Gary is a keen club cricketer and is well positioned to bring his professional experience to the game he loves.

Commenting on the appointment, KCB chairman, Chris Swadkin, said: “The development of sport has been central throughout Gary“s career, particularly in his two roles as head of development for two national governing bodies. He brings a wealth of experience in developing sport to Kent Cricket Board and has a strong empathy for the world of the volunteer. He is determined to make a difference to the development of the cricket in Kent and we look forward to working with him to bring this about.”

Jamie Clifford, chief executive officer at Kent County Cricket Club, added: “I believe the KCB now has a team in place to help take the development of cricket to a new level. Kent Cricket Board must be a leading light in the development of cricket in the UK. Gary“s appointment will ensure that the game in the county remains healthy by supporting clubs in realising their ambitions and helping young cricketers pursue their dreams. In turn I hope that this leads to further success for Kent County Cricket Club and Kent women as talented players emerge.”

Gary Stephens added: “I“m very excited to be given this opportunity and look forward to applying the sports development experience that I have built up over the years. I have worked in many other sports and now look forward to bringing the experiences that I have gained to the KCB.”