Lancashire head coach Peter Moores ‘honoured’ to land elite coaching role ahead of 2016 Rio Olympic Games

By Ross McLean

Proud Lancashire coach Peter Moores is one of only ten people nationwide to be accepted onto UK Sport’s Elite Programme for world-class development.

The programme is designed to ensure leading athletes benefit from world-class coaching as part of UK Sport’s wider planning for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

The former England coach is one of two non-Olympic coaches invited to join the three-year programme, with Moores expecting to thrive in the elite surroundings.

“I am honoured to have been selected for this fantastic programme,” he said.

“I have always thrived in elite coaching environments and to be working with top coaches from other sports will be an incredible experience.

“I continue to have very strong ambitions for my coaching career within cricket and I see this as a great marker in that path.

“I’d like to thank Lancashire CCC and the ECB for their support throughout this process.”

Moores joined Lancashire in 2009 and was in charge when they secured their first outright County Championship win for 77 years two years later.

The 50-year-old also led Sussex to the title in 2003 – the first in their 164-year history – before succeeding Rod Marsh as ECB National Academy Director in 2005.

Lancashire Cricket Director, Mike Watkinson, played a big part in bringing Moores to the North West and acknowledges the former wicket-keeper batsman’s insatiable desire for improvement.

“We are delighted that Peter has been accepted to be a part of this world class coaching programme,” he said.

“Despite his successes and achievements as a coach he always strives to improve personally and create a challenging environment for himself and his players. 

“This will be a great opportunity to further develop and share knowledge and experiences across the various sports.”

Moores is renowned as an innovative coach and will share knowledge with leading coaches currently working in British sport as part of the UK Sport programme announced last November.

Hugh Morris, Managing Director of the England and Wales Cricket Board, was delighted with Moores’ accolade, hoping there will be wider future benefits to the game of cricket.

“Peter has always been at the forefront of our on-going efforts to ensure that cricket can learn and share best coaching practice with other sports,” he said.

“I am delighted that he has been chosen to be part of such a prestigious and innovative programme.

“It is a tremendous personal honour for him and will undoubtedly be of long-term benefit to our game.”

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