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Kirby named as MCC Head Coach

Steve Kirby in action for Somerset
Steve Kirby in action for Somerset

Former Yorkshire, Gloucestershire and Somerset fast bowler Steve Kirby has been appointed Head Coach of MCC.

Kirby will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Club’s coaching structures, including the MCC Young Cricketers, who compete in the 2nd XI Championship, the MCC Academy based at Lord’s and the Club’s burgeoning community coaching programmes.

He will assume the role in late April.

Words can't describe how excited I am to be taking on such a prestigious role

Kirby began his career at Leicestershire as a 17-year-old but after suffering a back injury was released from the County before playing a first-class match.

Posting 7/50 on his first-class debut for Yorkshire in 2001 in a championship-winning season, Kirby would go on to take 572 first-class wickets for three counties in a fourteen-year playing career.

A hugely competitive cricketer, he was selected on four England A/Lions tours and was also an impressive one-day bowler, achieving 142 and 83 dismissals in List A and Twenty20 cricket respectively.

The Lancastrian has been a Member of MCC since 2010 and played in the annual Champion County match on four occasions (taking 5/29 against Nottinghamshire in Abu Dhabi in 2011).

A keen supporter of MCC cricket, he has also represented the Club on overseas tours to Papua New Guinea, Fiji and Argentina. 

Kirby’s extensive coaching experience has been earned with county academies at Oxford MCC University and by leading numerous community coaching programmes throughout the South-West.

John Stephenson, MCC Head of Cricket, who oversaw the recruitment process, said: “In a competitive field, Steve’s passion for the role and for MCC shone through and this was a key reason why we decided to appoint him. He has energy, drive and commitment in spades and his ambition to drive forward all the Club’s coaching structures was clear throughout the robust interview process.

“With a successful playing career and impressive coaching credentials, we feel we have, in Steve, someone who is going to really inspire young cricketers of all ages either to take up the game or to take their game to the next level. His infectious love of cricket will also rub off on our MCC Academy and Community coaches and we very much look forward to him joining the staff as we start another busy cricket season.”

Steve Kirby said: "Words can't describe how excited I am to be taking on such a prestigious role of MCC Head Coach and I can’t wait to get started. Mark Alleyne did a tremendous job over the previous seven years and they are very big boots to fill.
“Lord’s has always been a special place for me and I’m truly thankful and honoured to be given this opportunity with MCC.

"This role is about helping to unearth the hidden talent of young players from all age groups and backgrounds, helping them to excel in their dreams of playing professional cricket but most importantly helping them to become truly well rounded confident people that can cope with any hurdle that life throw's at them.
“I want to teach them to treasure and respect the values MCC stands for within the game, nurturing them to be role models and ambassadors that MCC can be proud of, but most importantly they are extremely proud to say they are a real part of.”

Responsible for developing coaching structures throughout MCC, Kirby will lead the MCC Young Cricketers, the Club’s famous programme which gives gifted young players the chance to benefit from top level coaching and elite facilities, while also developing their non-sporting skills for alternative career options.

Many former Young Cricketers have gone on to international success including most recently Alex Hales (England), Darren Sammy (West Indies) and Ross Taylor (New Zealand).

Steve Kirby succeeds Mark Alleyne, who left Lord’s in October 2015 after seven years as MCC Head Coach.

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