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22 November 2017

Head of Cricket Bowled Over by King's Potential

e may be heading towards winter, but cricket is still very much to the fore at King’s College, where players train under the watchful eye of newly-appointed Head of Cricket, Rob Woodman.

Rob needs no introduction. Taunton-born and raised, he plays his club cricket for Taunton Deane, having graduated through the Academy before playing for both Somerset and Gloucestershire, as well as Devon.

Reflecting on his new role, Rob says: “I am really delighted to have been appointed as Head of Cricket here at King’s. It gives me the opportunity to spend more contact time with the players and improve the quality of the sessions we are delivering.”

“King’s cricket is in a good place and has been for some time now. I joined after Jos Butler had left, but the school has always taken their sport seriously, whileaiming to retain that fun aspect as well.”

This year, two of our former pupils, Eddie Byrom and Tom Banton, made their Somerset debuts. We also have a strong representation on the Somerset Pathway, with eight players involved in either the Academy, the Emerging Player or the Potential Somerset Player Programmes.

Phil Lewis, our Director of Sport, commented: “Things are moving forward here at King’s. To help us cope with these demands, we have Rob coming on board full-time. This will enable us to give more time to the pupils and develop the cricket programme even further.”

Regarding the number of players involved in the Somerset scene, he added: “To have eight boys involved in the Pathway is fantastic. We pride ourselves on helping Somerset achieve their goals and have really strong links with the club, making sure that our players develop quickly, so that by the time they are leaving school they are already in the mix to play first-class cricket.

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