Brian O’Rourke joins Cricket Ireland staff

Tue, Feb 2, 2010 12:59 PM

Cricket Ireland have announced another important advance in its coaching structure with the appointment of Brian O'Rourke as Leinster Development Manager.

O'Rourke has been instrumental in the successful Leinster Underage coaching programme for boys from Under 11's through to Under 19's, along with girls Under 11's through to Under 17's throughout the winter.

Mark Garaway, Cricket Operations Director is delighted with the appointment: "By bringing Brian under the Cricket Ireland umbrella there are benefits for both parties, and it's a win-win situation as far as Irish cricket is concerned. Brian has done some brilliant work over the past 11 years, particularly in the area of player development. You only have to look at the Under 19 World Cup squad to see the results of his hard work.

O'Rourke has big plans for 2010 - as he continues to grow the Leinster touring programme, with six tours planned to various tournaments in England. In the area of Coach Education -he will continue to offer courses for our coaches to attend and gain valuable knowledge, with more than 60 coaches a year going through this programme.

O'Rourke is delighted to be joining the Cricket Ireland staff saying: "It's a great move for me, and gives me the opportunity to continue the work that I've been carrying out since I started work with the Leinster Cricket Union. I'm very proud of my work introducing cricket to schools -from nothing up to 100 primary schools as part of the 'school coaching visit' programme. The better schools play in the newly established Leprechaun Cup, which is a hard ball competition for 32 Primary schools."

His work is not just confined to Ireland and the UK -he has run four training camps in Mumbai for the more talented Leinster players, and he has developed extensive links with South Africa.

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