Loretto School, Musselburgh, has appointed Michael Powell, right, former captain of Warwickshire Country Cricket Club and an England A player, to develop and manage its buoyant cricket department.
Powell has had a distinguished, 15-year cricket career as a professional with Warwickshire CCC. In 2001 he was appointed captain of Warwickshire and led them to victory in the Benson and Hedges Cup. He played for England A in 2003.
He is currently concluding his successful benefit year and will take up his new post at Loretto in January.
Mr Peter Hogan, Headmaster at Loretto, said: “This is a very exciting new appointment at Loretto and continues our strategy of employing professional sports stars to supplement our core sports coaching. Loretto has always had a reputation for being good at cricket and, with Michael’s wealth of experience coaching and playing cricket, we are investing in its continued success and development. In the last six years Loretto has established a reputation for having one of the best school based Golf Academies in the UK and we plan to create the same level of success for our cricketers.”
Michael Powell commented: “Loretto is a small, friendly school and I am looking forward to spearheading the ambitious plans for developing its cricket as a centre of excellence. I enjoy nurturing the talents of children; it is something Loretto already does well and by adding my experience I hope to give more opportunities for pupils to develop and shine in cricket.”
David Burton, Director of Sport at Loretto, added: “Cricket is one of our main sports at Loretto, pupils love it, and we play all-year round by using indoor nets in the sports hall during the winter.
“We have had a number of recent successes including three local boys, Johnny Perriam, Charlie Tressider and Charlie Buchanan Smith, being selected, last month, to play for Scotland U-15. Catherine Smaill, a sixth former, played in South Africa for the Scotland Women’s team in the World Cup Qualifiers earlier this year.”
In addition to cricket, Michael Powell will coach a range of other sports at Loretto. He will also run Easter and summer cricket camps.