Friday, 17 November 2017 00:00

Gresham’s Coach / Norfolk Captain Chris Brown takes the stage at ECB conference

Written by  Louise Cowell
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Chris Brown, Gresham’s Cricket Coach and Norfolk Emerging Players Programme lead has taken to the stage at the England and Wales Cricket Board Coaches Association (ECB CA) National Conference.

Chris joined an impressive line-up of speakers including England cricketing greats, Jonathan Trott, Graham Thorpe and Ian Salisbury.  As a spin consultant on the ECB’s Elite Spin Bowling Programme, Chris delivered ‘Spinning it up’, a presentation that included practical exercises, to a packed conference hall.

Three hundred delegates attended the event, billed as the flagship coaching event of the year. ‘Change the Game’ took place at St George’s Park (the home of the Football Association’s national football centre) in Burton on Trent.  The conference enabled coaches to broaden their knowledge by listening to and interacting with some of the top coaches and practitioners in the country exploring relevant and contemporary issues.

A former first-class cricketer, Chris Brown has captained Norfolk since 2013, as well as being the team’s coach and Norfolk Cricket Board’s performance manager. He also holds roles for the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), as a Young Lions scout and a spin consultant working alongside head spin coach, Peter Such, on the ECB Elite Spin Bowling Programme.  Chris joined Gresham’s as Director of Cricket in September 2017 and recently supported Gresham’s pupil, Ben Wilcox through the Norfolk Emerging Players Programme.  Ben has since been selected to join Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club’s Supported Talented Age Group (STAG) Player Programme. 

Steve Adams, Gresham’s Sports Development Director said: This is a tremendous accolade for Chris and the School to be invited to present at the ECB National Conference, it clearly shows how highly thought of he is with the ECB! 

“With Chris being appointed Director of Cricket we are so fortunate he is directing all our talented cricketers, both boys and girls, throughout the school in terms of their playing development. He is also integral to the link between the players and Norfolk CB as well as first class counties including Essex, Northants and Nottinghamshire CCC. In his role with school he will benefit our current and future players enormously with his extensive skills and specialist knowledge which is certainly unique in this region.”


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