Scotland international Kyle Coetzer has joined the North East's leading sports college Gateshead College as assistant cricket coach to Mick Armstrong.
Gateshead College's Cricket Academy is run in partnership with Durham County Cricket Club - where Coetzer used to play - at Gateshead College's Academy for Sport.
Fresh from playing in the ICC World T20 in India earlier this year, where Scotland beat Hong Kong to end a long run without a match victory in global ICC tournaments, Coetzer is now set for his new role back in the North East.
"This role is a perfect opportunity for me to pass on my knowledge and skills to the next generation of professional cricket players," Coetzer said.
"I’ve already been very impressed by the dedication and talent of the students enrolled at the Cricket Academy, and I look forward to seeing current and future students’ technical ability and professional sports careers progress under my guidance.
"The facilities provided through the academy are fantastic. Gateshead College’s Academy for Sport provides students with outstanding opportunities to develop their knowledge and practical skills in a fantastic environment, with key support from industry experts and access to specialist equipment."
Coetzer, 32, has more than 12 years of professional playing experience to call upon and pass on to the academy players, including playing at Durham and Northamptonshire to add to 27 One-Day and 35 Twenty20 International caps for Scotland.
He has also recently achieved his ECB Level 3 coaching qualification while coaching the Scotland Women and Scotland Under-19s.
The Gateshead College's Cricket Academy was launched in 2011 and has already put a number of players on the pathway towards first-class cricket. Current student Alasdair Appleby was recently picked as one of six players to travel to Bangalore with the Durham Cricket Academy.
The 18-year-old from Ponteland said: "It is fantastic to have mentors like Kyle and Mick who have come from professional sporting and coaching backgrounds.
"Gateshead College has provided me with some great opportunities which I wouldn’t have had access to otherwise.
"I hope to go on to a professional career in cricket and I feel confident that I can following my training with the Cricket Academy."
The academy is based at Gateshead College's Academy for Sport at Gateshead International Stadium and boasts a fully-equipped gym, a performance lab, an aerobics studio, sports science and medicine facilities and indoor athletics track including a 60m sprint straight, jumps and throws cage.
The Cricket Academy provides a two-year programme for 16 to 18-year-olds which includes five hours of training per week from expert coaches as well as video analysis, nutrition, physiotherapy, technical and tactical training and net practice. Elite athletes have available to them the option of strength and conditioning training.
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