Regional Pathway Leads Appointed


On the back of the recent news regarding changes to the regional structure across the national pathway, we are delighted to announce the appointments of our Pathway Leads for Cricket Wales South, East and West, who are due to commence work from 16th September.

The new Cricket Wales South region (CWS) which is made up of the previous West Glamorgan, Mid Glamorgan and The Vale region is Port Talbot Town’s Mark Cox. Mark is a hugely respected figure across the South West of Wales, bringing with him a wealth of experience in junior cricket for boys and girls as an administrator and coach up and down the pathway.

Mark has been instrumental in developing the junior section at Port Talbot Town Cricket club, and the resurgence of junior girls softball across the area. He has a sound knowledge of cricket development, and is a current committee member on the South Wales junior league – he has also coached at national level for Cricket Wales. Mark currently works for the Youth Justice Board with the responsibility for oversight of the youth justice sector and will continue in this role alongside his Pathway Lead commitments.

Heading up Cricket Wales East (CWE), which comprises of the Cardiff and Gwent regions will be Ian Williams and Geraint Leach in a job share capacity – more detail regarding this will be forthcoming. Ian is a current director and solicitor specialising in criminal and child care law at Robertson’s Legal Ltd. He has occupied the position of Cardiff & Vale chairman for the last year, and has a plethora of experience at club and regional level as an administrator, team manager and coach. Ian has a deep knowledge of the national pathway with his children being involved over a number of years. He remains a key senior figure at St Fagans Cricket Club and has strong connections with Glamorgan CCC in a number of capacities.

Geraint has been one of three Regional Performance Managers employed by Cricket Wales over the last two years which has involved a number of leadership, management, administration and coaching roles. Geraint has been heavily involved in the national pathway for a number of years from coaching in Gwent, to coaching at national age group level. A current ECB Level 3 coach with a Masters in Sport Coaching and Performance, Geraint remains heavily involved in the thriving junior section at Abergavenny Cricket Club.

Cricket Wales West (CWW) - the forming of Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire regions will be led by Steve Lewis. Steve has been an integral member of the Pembrokeshire Junior Regional Committee, serving a vice chairman for the last four years in addition to team manager duties within the region. A maintenance supervisor for Haven Engineering Steve has a wealth of leadership and management skills to bring to the role, and is widely respected across West Wales during over thirty years of involvement on the club circuit.

Cricket Wales Head of Talent Pathway Matt Thompson stated, “we always said from the outset that a key component of the new structure was getting the right people in the right places, and I am delighted that we have four outstanding people in Mark, Ian, Geraint and Steve to drive the direction forward. They all possess a fantastic knowledge base and are hugely respected in their areas and we all welcome them into the Cricket Wales team.” You can meet your new Pathway Leads by signing up to one of the virtual information evenings in your area via page 3 of the information document.


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