Published: 16th May, 2018
Richard Bedbrook is relishing his role as Surrey’s first full-time Women’s Head Coach.
Bedbrook was appointed to the job, which sees him take charge of the Surrey Women and Surrey Stars while working alongside the pathway teams, last November.
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Bedbrook was delighted to see the instant impact a sharper focus throughout the winter provided for Surrey in that opening weekend.
He said: “Like any coach, you’re only ever going to be thought of in terms of how well the players respond and the Surrey Women’s group have been massively committed.
“We have done more training in the winter than they ever have before and that’s down to having someone able to provide them with time. It’s a fairly simple equation; if you give players the time to train then improvements do happen.”
Bedbrook is not the only member of staff able to dedicate more time to improving standards throughout the women’s game in the county.
Working alongside the club’s team of coaches, he is determined to impress upon the players the advantage an improved fitness level can provide.
“We’ve used Joel, a young strength & conditioning coach, and that’s something we will continue. The signs are good as it’s down to being strong enough and robust enough to maintain their skill levels for longer and stretching that level beyond 20 or 30 overs to the full 50 overs,” said Bedbrook.
RANGE OF ROLES
Alongside the coaching, Bedbrook’s job involves a wide range of duties across the Stars, Women and pathway representative teams.
“It is an all-encompassing role, sorting out all the logistics of everything. I try to keep as much time as possible for the actual cricket but it’s always worth the hard work when results go your way.”
Surrey Women are next in action at Berkshire’s North Maidenhead CC on Sunday 20th May in the latest match of the 50-over County Championship.
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