March 28, 2017, at 11:19am
Former England international wicket keeper Chris Read has been appointed as Director of Cricket.
The 38-year-old, who played in 15 Test matches and 36 one-day internationals, is retiring from the first-class game with Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club at the end of the 2017 season (September) when he will take up the new position at Uppingham School where he will develop excellence in the sport among pupils, both girls and boys.
Cricket is one of the School’s most important sports and there is a collective vision for it to be played to a very high level by both girls and boys, especially as women’s cricket is one of the fastest growing sports in Britain.
Chris Read, who has captained Nottinghamshire for almost ten years and led the club to the county championship in 2010, will work with pupils of all abilities, whether that is facilitating opportunities for aspirational players whose talents can take them to county, regional or national level, or enabling players to advance within the School’s own team structure.
His appointment is a further indication of the commitment to and investment in the future of sport at Uppingham School in the county of Rutland. Recently, former Scottish international Nick De Luca was appointed as Director of Rugby.
Chris being applauded from the field by his teammates after recording his 1000th dismissal in first-class cricket
The School’s vision for sport is to create an environment where all pupils can achieve success from engagement and participation through to competition and performance. The Uppingham School Sports Centre, which was officially opened by the current chairman of the British Olympic Association, Lord Coe, in 2010, houses a large six-court sports hall, a six-lane swimming pool, gymnasium, glass-backed squash courts, two dance studios, a 53-station fitness studio and a hospitality suite. The School also has 65 acres of playing fields.
Uppingham School’s Headmaster, Dr Richard Maloney, said: “I am thrilled that Chris Read will be joining our teaching staff later this year as Director of Cricket. He is an inspirational person and will be a very significant appointment as we further strengthen our world-class sports coaching team.
“Uppingham School not only nurtures academic excellence but fundamentally values the broader aspects of an all-round curriculum which embraces sporting participation and achievement. As a full boarding School, we have 800 boys and girls who play sport every day of the week. Many Uppinghamians aspire for excellence in their sporting discipline; others simply enjoy the camaraderie of team games. We want all our pupils to love the game of cricket and feel there is a place for them in the sport. I have no doubt that Chris will be hugely successful in delivering our aspirations”
Chris Read said: “I am so pleased to be joining Uppingham at this most exciting time for sport at the School. I have been honoured to have played cricket at the highest level for both club and country. Now I am delighted to have the chance to pass on my knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to the next generation, to help them achieve personally on the cricket field and enjoy playing sport as part of a broader healthy lifestyle. I am particularly pleased that my new role will include the development of the game for both sexes and look forward to growing a strong girls cricket programme at the School.”