Back in 2012, the lack of representation from women in the professional cricketing arena inspired Whitgift’s Head of Cricket Performance, Mr Kendrick, to join the England Women’s Cricket Pathway.
Since his encounter with Director of England Women’s Cricket, Jonathan Finch during his Level 4 Coaching Course he has worked with the spin bowlers, initially with the Academy’s former Head Coach and current England Women’s Head Coach, Lisa Keightley, and now alongside the current Head Coach, Jon Stanworth. During the Winter months, he has assisted at their team camps at Loughborough University, and in the Summer helped to scout players at various Kia Super League and Women’s County matches. In addition, he worked closely with the South East Stars regional team, coaching the spin bowlers on a 1:1 basis.
Mr Kendrick explained “While I am fortunate enough to coach across a full range of Cricket abilities at Whitgift, the experience of an unfamiliar environment and different ways of working provided me with a new personal challenge. When I joined the England Women’s Cricket Academy, I had coached boys for close to 20 years and the change of environment was refreshing.”
He commented, “Women’s sport in the past five to ten years has come so far and I am passionate about transforming how it’s perceived and developing sportswomen to be positive role models for all young people.”
Motivated by helping players grow and develop as people – both at Whitgift and within the England Women’s programme – a notable highlight for Mr Kendrick was seeing a sportswoman he worked with becoming the number one spinner in the world and global inspiration to other cricketers. Another was witnessing a player he had coached forging a successful media career after losing her central contract and is now back playing for her regional hub.
Whitgift celebrates and encourages staff and pupils to follow their passions and support causes that are meaningful to them. Mr Kendrick said “I have been extremely lucky that Whitgift has always supported the coaching I do away from School. Without this flexibility over the last eight or nine years, it would not have been possible for me to play a small part in the development of the women’s game in this country.”