Two Kent coaches are honoured for their loyal dedication

Sunday 23rd August 2009

Two men instrumental in the development of many talented Kent youngsters have both been rewarded for their Outstanding Contribution and Services to Cricket Coaching by the England & Wales Cricket Board. David Sear (pictured) and Chris Swadkin were both honoured last week at the Fifth Ashes Test match between England and Australia at The Oval. They were handed a certificate and some ECB clothing by former England captain Michael Atherton, now a TV commentator with Sky Sports.

David Sear, who is currently coach of the Kent under-11s girls squad, has helped elevate girls“ club and county cricket in Kent to a pre-eminent level in the UK. There are girls playing at county and national level who, without him, would almost certainly not be cricketers.

Chris, who is Chairman of the Kent Board, continues to display dedication and professionalism by organising the huge colts section at Blackheath Cricket Club while simultaneously managing to organise both County and District commitments. The coaches associated with Greenwich and Blackheath trust Chris“ judgement, organisation and personal skills. He has helped many younger coaches to develop within their role.

Commenting on this national recognition, Kent Cricket Board“s Director of Cricket Development, Jamie Clifford, said: “I am delighted for David and Chris. It is due recognition for the hours and hours they have given to the development of the game. They have both put so much into the establishment of quality coaching programmes in Kent, and they deserve the plaudits they have received.”

Picture:David Sear with Sky TV’s Michael Atherton