A former England cricket coach delighted Ashville College students this week.
Peter Moores, who played as a wicketkeeper for Worcestershire and Sussex, arrived at the Harrogate school to mentor its cricket enthusiasts.
Peter is currently coaching at Lancashire County Cricket Club after a two year spell in charge of the national side.
At Ashville this week, he led a coaching session with the school’s senior squad.
Later, the coach delivered a presentation to staff and sport scholarship pupils on achieving elite performance.
Phil Holmes is Ashville College Director of Sport.
He said: “We really are delighted that Peter come to Ashville to speak to our staff and lead a coaching session with our senior cricket team.
“With over a decade of coaching at the highest level, Peter’s wealth of experience and knowledge of the game is superior to almost anyone’s, and having access to someone at this level certainly proved invaluable to our cricketers.”
The arrival of the former coach follows the appearance of England hockey stars at the school.
Maddie Hinch and Sam Quek spent a day passing on their skills to pupils.
Maddie, the current England goalkeeper, ran a series of goalkeeping clinics, whilst Sam coached the children, aged between 12 and 18, in outfield play.
Sally Warren, the school’s Assistant Director of Sport said: “We have some very good hockey players at Ashville, and Maddie and Sam spent the day helping them develop and hone their skills in various aspects of the game.”
The training sessions were held on the school’s new all-weather surface, which has been designed to accommodate hockey matches played at a county level.
Thanks to the provision, the school hosted a three-day Hockey Masterclass this summer with Alice Sharp, a member of the England U21 squad, coaching on one of the days.
Mr Holmes added: “Peter’s visit was part of our ongoing commitment to sport at Ashville.
“Our rugby teams are being coached on a regular basis by players and staff from Leeds Carnegie, and our hockey players recently benefitted from a visit by two members of the England ladies squad.”
Mr Homes added: “Even though it’s six months until the start of the 2014 cricket season, our players are already practising in the nets to keep their skills honed.”
Peter Moores was named England coach in April 2007.
He brought in players such as Matt Prior and Ryan Sidebottom.