John Peplow has been appointed as the Gloucestershire Cricket Board’s (GCB) new clubs and programmes officer.
The former secondary school teacher will be responsible for supporting clubs in Bristol and the south of the county.
He said: “For me the role is about being able to help clubs and to encourage people of all ages to play cricket.
“It is a big challenge, there are lots of other things for people to choose to do these days and we have to make sure cricket is at the top of the list.”
John brings a wealth of experience to the role through his time at Old Down Cricket Club where he has held every role from child welfare officer to chairman of selectors.
In nearly a decade on the committee he has overseen huge growth in its junior section, improved facilities including new nets and the first silverware in the club’s history – the 2013 Mann Broadbent County Trophy.
He is currently secretary, under nines coach and has run the club’s successful Chance to Shine programme for the last four years.
John was named Chance to Shine’s Volunteer of the Year in 2014 and hopes to be able to help clubs benefit from the knowledge he has acquired across his wide range of roles.
He said: “I think I a lot of my role will be listening to clubs and finding out what they want and need. We won’t be able to give them the world but hopefully I can help support clubs, through their own endeavours to achieve their goals.
“Old Down is a small club but we have achieved a lot in the last few years by having a really strong committee. Hopefully I can use the experience I have gained to help other clubs -whether they are looking to develop their junior section or find funding to improve their facilities.”
A father-of-two John grew up in Manchester and picked up his passion for cricket from a family full of club players including his father and uncles.
He trained as PE teacher in Kingston and worked at schools in Surrey and Ealing before moving to Bristol in 1984.
John held deputy head positions at St Mary Redcliffe, St Mark’s in Bath and Filton High (now Abbeywood) where he was also acting head.
During his time as a teacher he taught a wide variety of sports including basketball, rugby and football and also played semi-professionally in the Western League for Bristol Manor Farm FC.
Following his retirement five years ago he set-up his own company consulting and helping project manage the building of new schools and colleges.
John’s new role with the GCB mirrors that of Eric Woodmason in the north of the county. He takes over from Lisa Pagett who recently moved to the role of women and girls officer.
To contact John please email firstname.lastname@example.org