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News - 31st March 2013

Moores' Elite Coach role

Moores' Elite Coach role

Peter Moores is to work with England coach Andy Flower in a think-tank which aims to spread the best coaching knowledge and practice throughout the national game.

Moores has been appointed to the Fellowship of Elite Coaches, which has been set up by the England and Wales Cricket Board to generate, direct and manage the implementation of cutting-edge coaching solutions and programmes.
"The scheme is in its infancy but it's quite exciting and it's great to share some time with other coaches," said the Lancashire Head Coach. "Hopefully it'll grow and become a really constructive thing.
"Unlike the four coaching levels, it's an offered position," he added. "The idea is to give something back to the sport, study different subjects and work with different coaches. At the moment we're looking at playing spin and the idea is that we will pass information on and cascade it down to different levels.
"The aim is that it will be a positive body that can give something back to the sport. We'll pick a subject, come up with some findings and decide what is the best way to disseminate that information. It's a group of three but we can second those whom we believe have great expertise in the particular area we're studying.
The scheme is based on the idea that those invited will come up with some decent information if you put them in a room together."
Moores, who a couple of weeks ago was accepted onto UK Sport's Elite Programme for world-class coaching development, will be joined by Flower and the ECB's Lead Fast Bowling Coach Kevin Shine to make up a high-powered trio who will study and research major themes.
The new body is the brainchild of Gordon Lord, the ECB's Head of Elite Coach Development, who believed that there was a critical mass of coaching expertise developing in England and wanted to make full use of it.
"Andy Flower has a close professional relationship with Peter Moores and they bounce off each other brilliantly," he said. "While Kevin Shine is one of the most respected lead fast-bowling coaches in the world.
"Peter, Kevin and Andy have met on a couple of occasions and they have already identified a couple of themes. They can pull in research or visiting fellows and appoint  other coaches to the Fellowship. We have also appointed honorary fellows, one of whom is the former England coach Micky Stewart.
"I believe this is the first organisaton of its type, in sport, anywhere in the world and it's modelled on similar Fellowships in other professions."What we've come up with will make a significant difference to the way we develop our players and coaches. It's incredibly exciting because I believe great things can come out of this fellowship."
Coming on top of the news of his role with UK Sport, Moores's appointment to the FEC confirms his status as one of the leading sports coaches in the country. However, it has been stressed that this other work will not conflict with his duties at Lancashire.

Paul Edwards
Photo (c) Joe Giddens/EMPICS Sport


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