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The England and Wales Cricket Board have confirmed the appointment of Dr Jane Powell as Performance Manager for England Disability Cricket.
Jane has had a lifelong involvement in cricket and sport including captaining the England Women’s cricket team in the 1988 World Cup final before going on to be Head Coach of the England Women’s side. Jane also represented England at Hockey and led the strategic direction of all Hockey Coaching in the UK through the 2008 and 2012 Olympic cycles.
Most recently Jane has led Performance and Talent pathways with England Lacrosse and has been working in an Advanced Coach Support role for ECB. Jane was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Worcester in 2013 for Outstanding Contribution to British Sport.
As Performance Manager for Disability Cricket, Jane will oversee the preparation, performance and management of the four England Disability Squads, reporting into Ian Martin, Head of Disability Cricket.
Speaking about her appointment, Dr Jane Powell said, “There is so much talent and opportunity for growth here in the disability set up, it was simply an offer I couldn’t refuse. The potential for the sport as well as the players is massive and something I’m really excited about. I can’t wait to get stuck in!”
Ian Martin said, “I’m delighted that we have managed to attract someone of Jane’s calibre into our disability program. She will bring a wealth of experience that will be of benefit to our program, the coaches and the staff that work within it. I know how passionate she is about our sport and the performance element of it, and I am very excited about working with her and seeing the difference that she will make to our programme.”
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Jane will officially start in the role on Wednesday 1 June.