Watsonian Cricket Club is delighted to confirm the appointment of Andrew Chalmers as Director of Cricket.
Following last season’s conclusion, the committee felt the recruitment of a Director of Cricket was required to take the club forward, subject to a satisfactory role description and credible financial plan.
It was widely agreed that the club needs greater direction as it aspires to be one of Scotland’s leading cricket clubs and to achieve that primarily through the development of its own players, starting from juniors.
Following a lengthy and concerted application process, with both Cricket Scotland and John Blain involved, Andrew came to the forefront and was unanimously voted through as the best candidate.
He is obviously well-known within the club, respected as a player and a youth coach, enthusiastic and energetic. Having first come through the club while still a pupil at George Watson’s College, and now with over a hundred 1st team caps in both of rugby and cricket, Andrew knows the club thoroughly well. It is indeed eleven years since Andrew hit his first club century – 107 against Carlton – when he was still as a school boy.
A PE teacher at Ross High by day, Andrew has successfully launched cricket from a standing start there and number of the lads are now playing club cricket with one in the regional squads.
On his appointment, Club President John Reid commented:
“Andrew needs no introduction – he has been a club stalwart for many years and is hugely enthused about his new role, which he will combine with his PE teacher’s post at Ross High School. As Director of Cricket, Andrew will, be responsible for the coaching programme, organising sessions, and team selection. As a key member of the 1st XI, he will continue to play – and score runs, we trust! Because of existing Super6 rugby commitments, Andrew will not be able to start in earnest until later in the summer, although he has already started planning and organising for the summer – as you may have noticed!
This appointment represents a major step forward for the club and Andrew brings to the role a great deal of energy, cricketing knowledge, and a deep understanding of the club. I am sure that we are all looking forward to working with him – and have a fair bit of fun along the way!”
Andrew, himself, added:
“I am incredibly excited to take on the role and have already been planning and thinking of ideas to implement for the up coming season which can hopefully continue for future seasons. I am very passionate about Watsonians as a whole and I’m keen to strengthen relationships with hockey, squash and rugby.
I think it is important to bring back past players and make them feel still part of the club. This, along with making all new members comfortable and welcomed to the club when they join.
There will be an element of a trial for this season, but I aim to make small changes that should hopefully bring a new, and better, buzz to the club.”