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David Court has been appointed ECB Player Identification Lead

David Court
David Court

David Court will return to the ECB in April having accepted the role as Player Identification Lead for the men’s pathway after four years at The Football Association.

Court held the role of Performance Education Lead at The FA and previously worked as a Regional Performance Manager at ECB between 2013-16. He also was employed by Surrey CCC in performance coaching roles between 2007-13.

He replaces Mo Bobat in his new role, who was named ECB Performance Director in October. Court will work closely with Bobat as well as the selection panel led by Ed Smith, the England and pathway coaches, regional talent teams and the network of scouts who work across the First Class and National Counties.

Under Bobat’s guidance, the player identification process expanded greatly with improvements in scouting and analytics to help inform and support selection decisions. Now, the rigorous processes underpin player identification for England, the Lions and Young Lions.

Court said: “It’s great to be joining the ECB at an exciting time off the back of an inspiring 2019 summer.

“I’m looking forward to continuing the excellent work done in player identification in recent years and supporting England’s short, medium and long-term selection needs.

“The prospect of leading the scouting team is exciting, as is working closely with the counties who work hard to develop players

“With the new CPA standards, we have a great opportunity to work with counties to create a connected and aligned player identification system and I’m looking forward to working with the counties on this.”

Bobat said: “I’m absolutely delighted to have somebody of David’s calibre joining us as Player Identification Lead.  It’s great to be able to bring him back to the ECB for what is a crucial role within our men’s pathway and I have no doubt that David’s experiences within football over the last few years will add huge value to us as an organisation.

“We’ve made significant progress in how we identify players across every level of our international pathway and we’re ambitious about firmly establishing ourselves as world-leading in this area. A key responsibility will be to work closely with our counties and through the new County Partnership Agreement (CPA), enhance the rigour of player identification structures and systems across the county game.

“David’s knowledge of both cricket and talent identification, alongside his experience of leading talent identification and technical director programmes for the FA, make him the ideal candidate to help us realise those ambitions.”