Sedbergh School Appoints James Anyon as New Director of Cricket

Sedbergh School, renowned for its commitment to excellence in education and cricket, is thrilled to announce the appointment of James Anyon as the new Director of Cricket. James, originally from Lancashire, brings a wealth of experience and a passion for nurturing young talent to his new role. In January 2024, he will be relocating with his wife and their two young children from Hurstpierpoint College, where he has served three years as Cricket professional and the last three years as Head of Cricket.

James’ impressive career in the cricketing world makes him an ideal choice for this significant position. After completing a degree in Sports Science at Loughborough University, James embarked on an exceptional professional cricket career that spanned over 12 years. He featured in 110 first- class matches, 43 A games, and 26 T20 matches, representing prestigious teams including Warwickshire and Sussex.

Throughout his career, James has demonstrated his commitment to coaching and player development. He spent two years as the Head Coach for the Sussex Women’s team in 2017 and 2018, contributing to their success. Additionally, he served as a bowling consultant for The Netherlands in their preparations for the T20 World Cup. James’ involvement in the Sussex County Pathway, as an age group coach and a specialist bowling coach, showcases his dedication to nurturing talent at all levels.

James’ coaching prowess extends beyond cricket. He has also coached rugby, hockey, and football, demonstrating his versatility and passion for sports. Outside of work, he loves the outdoors and frequently engages in camping and hiking activities with his family.

Expressing his enthusiasm about joining Sedbergh School, James said, “I am very much looking forward to joining a school with such an outstanding reputation for its cricket. I believe providing a solid technical foundation provides the platform for all good players to then build their own style of play with bat and ball.” In his role as Director of Cricket, James will also oversee the programme at Casterton, Sedbergh Preparatory School, ensuring a comprehensive and unified approach to cricket development.

Dan Harrison, Headmaster of Sedbergh School, shared his delight in welcoming James Anyon to the school community, stating, “We are delighted that James has accepted the role of Director of Cricket and look forward to welcoming James and his family to Sedbergh in January. He has demonstrated so many of Sedbergh’s values in his career, and we cannot wait for him to further inspire our pupils and develop our cricket programme across the Prep and Senior Schools. We look forward to sharing some exciting developments with our cricket offering over the next few months. Sedbergh has a strong sporting reputation, and I am confident that under James’ leadership Sedbergh will continue to be a leading school for boys’ and girls’ cricket.”

We eagerly anticipate the arrival of James and the positive impact he will have on our cricket programme and the overall development of our pupils. His expertise and dedication will undoubtedly contribute to our continued success as a leading institution for cricket education.

James Anyon, Director of Cricket
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