Exciting new appointments for Wellingborough School Sport!

Whole School Staff

Wellingborough School are delighted to confirm two new appointments to the Games department with immediate effect. Clare Drakeford has joined the School as Head of Netball and Luke Sharples has been appointed as the new Cricket Professional.

Clare Drakeford brings with her a wealth of playing experience, having represented Northamptonshire from the age of 11. As an U17 player Clare was the England vice-captain at the European Championships and later went on to represent England at U19 level. Clare is currently plying her trade for the Benecos Mavericks in the English Netball Super League and the eagle-eyed amongst you will be able to see her from time to time on Sky Sports. 

Clare’s playing experience has exposed her to a variety of coaching styles which see her ideally placed to drive forward Netball at Wellingborough in the hope of replicating England Netball’s vision of creating a fast-paced, dynamic sport. Clare is hoping to ensure that inclusion for all girls at all age groups is a priority, as well as developing our elite netballers. Speaking about her appointment, which began in January, Clare stated, “I strongly believe playing within a team sport brings skills that might not be accessed within a classroom. I would also like to introduce elements of what I have learnt as a player, to reflect England Netball's movement of promoting this dynamic, technical and fast-paced game. This will hopefully give the girls an edge and bring flair and creativity to their game play, and I am excited about the future of Wellingborough School netball.”

Luke is a highly experienced cricket coach who is currently undertaking his UKCC Level 4 qualification. This qualification is the highest award currently available and is run directly by the ECB at the National Performance Centre at Loughborough University. Luke has a plethora of experience coaching a variety of Performance Squads at all age groups for Northamptonshire, Staffordshire, Shropshire and Warwickshire.  Last season, Luke gained a valuable insight into the professional game, working as a Performance Analyst for all Northamptonshire CCC home matches, which also involved all aspects of match day preparation for the players. Speaking about his appointment to the role of Cricket Professional, Luke stated, “My aim is to create, through cricket, strong learning environments that help develop a person’s self-esteem, belief and skill in all aspects of the sport (Technical, Tactical, Physical and Psychological) that can transition into, and strengthen, other areas of their lives. I am looking forward to creating a strong cricketing legacy at Wellingborough School.”

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