Published: 6th March, 2020
Richard Bedbrook has been named Regional Director of Women’s Cricket for London & the South East.
Bedbrook’s new role means he will oversee the new elite senior team and academy programmes spanning the traditional major cricketing counties of Kent and Surrey.
This move to eight regionalised centres across the country comes as part of the ECB’s plan to transform women and girls’ cricket and will ensure year-round training programmes and 40 full-time contracts for players, across the eight regions, outside of the England Women centrally contracted players.
While they are yet to be announced, it is expected the senior teams will play their maiden 50-over fixtures following the completion of this summer’s The Hundred women’s competition on August 14.
Speaking about his new role, Bedbrook said: “I am very proud to have been given the opportunity to lead the development of the new Women’s Elite Domestic Structure for London and South East, that ties into the County programmes of Kent and Surrey. I look forward to being able to help continue the drive towards providing women and girls with improved opportunities to play cricket at the highest level and to promote and encourage the vision that it can become a career choice for more players in the future.
“It’s a hugely exciting time for women’s cricket and the investment into this new regional structure will help with continuing to improve the high standards of the game that we are seeing today, inspiring many more to take up the game and pursue their dreams of representing their country in the sport they love.”
This new role continues Bedbrook’s work in the women’s game after spending ten years as Performance Manager alongside Surrey Academy Director Gareth Townsend producing future talent in the men’s game.
After playing a pivotal role as a pathways coach in the development of the likes of Sam Curran, Ollie Pope and Amar Virdi, Bedbrook moved from men’s to women’s cricket to take charge of the Surrey Stars in the inaugural Kia Super League of 2016.
He became the first ever full-time Head Coach of a women’s county team in November 2017 when he was handed the reigns of the Surrey side alongside his KSL duties and has also been lead coach of the South-East Regional Development Centre programme since that point.
Through these programmes, Bedbrook has assisted with the development of players such as Sophia Dunkley, Bryony Smith and Mady Villiers, each of whom have achieved their international debuts. Surrey Women achieved promotion to Division One in 50-over cricket in 2018 and Bedbrook led the Surrey Stars to Kia Super League victory in 2018.
Bedbrook will be replaced by his assistant Tom Lister as Head Coach of the Surrey Women for the season of 2020. Lister’s new team will play eight T20 Division One fixtures early in the summer as well as a London Cup meeting with Middlesex at The Kia Oval on 20th May.
Lister said: “I am delighted to have been given the opportunity and responsibility of leading the Surrey Women’s training and matchplay programme for the upcoming season. From a personal perspective, I have seen the commitment and effort that the squad have put in over the past 18 months and am really excited at how I can now take that on through the remainder of the winter and throughout the summer season to help players achieve their personal ambitions as well as the squad achieving some great things this summer”.