Sophie Luff appointed as Women’s and Girls Performance Head Coach

Sophie Luff has been appointed by the Somerset Cricket Board to the post of Women and Girls Performance Head Coach, and replaces Paul Lawrence who stepped down from the role recently.

Lawrence will continue to be Head Coach for the Somerset Women and also coach on the player pathway.

In her new role Luff, who captains Somerset Women and was also a member of the 2017 Kia Super League winning Western Storm, will be responsible for managing the Somerset female player pathway.

The pathway includes all cricket above club and school standard, up to and including the Somerset Women’s team.

The purpose of the pathway is to help players develop so that they can enjoy a successful career in the game. The SCB want to develop cricketers who can win games for Somerset at senior level and then go on to represent Western Storm and England.

The SCB is passionate about developing every female player so that the South West Premier League and Somerset Ladies League become a viable option for talented women to play the game more locally.

Somerset Cricket Board Performance Head Coach, Matt Drakeley, who oversees the male and female pathway in Somerset is delighted with the appointment. “Sophie has been coaching on the pathway for a number of years now and her ability to inspire and get the best out of players has shone through,” he said. “A successful player herself, Sophie knows what is required to help players reach their potential and I’m looking forward to her taking our programmes to the next level.

“We will be forming a management committee for the Women’s team to take away any conflict of interests that Sophie has as the Women and Girls Performance Head Coach and captain. We are also fully supportive of Sophie continuing to improve as a player herself and would love to see her join Anya Shrubsole and Fran Wilson in the England team.”

Sophie started in her new role on May 1st and is already planning for the 2018 winter training programme.

“It’s a perfect time for me to come into the role,” she said. Matt, Paul and Michelle Brooks (Performance Administrator) have the summer programme planned, so I can help the players get the most out of this summer at the same time as planning future structures and programmes.

“Youth performance cricket will be undergoing some exciting changes under Matt’s management and I’m really looking forward to playing my part with the female pathway.”

Sophie will combine her new role with her existing Community Coach role in the county, where she delivers cricket in schools and clubs to help inspire the next generation of cricketers in Somerset.

She also plays in the Best Western Shrubbery Hotel Somerset League alongside her brother Jack and her father Dave for Lympsham and Belvedere in Division Three.

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