Essex Cricket confirm new Deputy County Welfare Officer appointed


Essex Cricket can today confirm that a new Deputy County Welfare Officer has been appointed.

Phil Knappett will take over the role of Deputy County Welfare Officer currently held by Louise Mitchell on Friday 13th November 2015 whilst Lorrie Austin will remain in his position as the County Welfare Officer.

Phil is the first contact for any safeguarding concern and can be contacted via phone on 07768 558090 or by e-mail on [email protected]. Any concerns surrounding female safeguarding issues should also be directed to Phil in the first instance who will then delegate your query to a female member of staff if requested.

Phil has taught in Secondary Schools in, Kentish Town, Hackney and Haringey with responsibilities for Pastoral Care and Management. He then joined the Middlesex Cricket Board at Lord’s Cricket Ground and was appointed as the Head of Recreational Cricket. Responsibilities ranged from ensuring clubs were supported, developed a Coach Education programme, ensured schools receive high quality coaching and there was a sound safeguarding programme throughout all activities.

Phil was involved in developing and writing the UKCC level 2 for the ECB and has continued to develop and tutor courses for the full range of participant between parents being involved for the first time to members of the England National Cricket Team. He is currently involved with Essex Cricket delivering coaching in schools as part of the Chance to Shine Inspirational Schools programme and delivering the full range of Coach Education courses across the county.

Phil has also been involved in training the Club Welfare Officers in Essex for four years and also delivers courses for Surrey, Kent, Middlesex, Hertfordshire and Northants. He works for Sports Coach UK and has delivered over 1,000 courses with the majority being Safeguarding and Child Protection.

Phil is also starting an MA in Advanced Child Protection at Kent University and will be looking at the importance of ensuring sport has the necessary policies and procedures to ensure young people have a safe and enjoyable experience.

Phil can be contacted via phone on 07768 558090 or by email on [email protected].