King Edward’s Witley creates new sporting role

Former Northamptonshire and Leicestershire batsman, Paul Harrison, is the school’s first head of cricket

King Edward’s Witley has appointed former professional cricketer, Paul Harrison, as its first head of cricket.

Harrison played professionally as a batsman and wicketkeeper for 10 years, representing Northamptonshire and Leicestershire, with whom he won the Twenty20 Cup in 2006.

He also played for five seasons in Australia, and holds a BSc in geography and sports science from Loughborough University.

Harrison’s first teaching position was head of cricket at Reigate Grammar School, where he also studied for his PGCE. Following this, he became director of sport at a state academy near Ealing, and then acting head of geography and games lessons assistant at Thomas’s Battersea.

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Commenting on his new role, Harrison said: “I see my role as encouraging more pupils to take part in cricket, in line with the school’s emphasis on equal sporting opportunities for all; this will, of course, include introducing a growing number of girls to the sport.

“I will try to create a positive environment that provides pupils with the opportunity to hone their skills and gain invaluable mentoring and guidance from myself and other professionals at the top of their game.”

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