Repton School is delighted to announce the appointment of Martin Speight as Technical Director of Cricket, who will join the School in January 2024.

Martin could be said to be the preeminent school cricket coach in the UK. A hugely talented wicketkeeper-batsman himself, formerly playing for Sussex and Durham, he was the recipient of the Walter Lawrence Trophy for the fastest First-Class century although he is most remembered for his performance in the 1993 NatWest final. As a coach he has been successful in leading teams to National success and is well respected in the cricket world for his nurturing of exceptional talent – he has helped to develop a number of First Class and International cricketers (boys and girls) including current England batsman Harry Brook, George Hill, Matthew Revis, Danielle Hazell and Amy Campbell to name a few. Whilst he continues to work with a number of Yorkshire cricketers, Martin considers himself to be developmental coach, keen to start working with young players and overseeing their development throughout their cricketing careers.

At Repton, throughout the year during the school day, aspiring professional cricketers have access to regular one to one coaching sessions supported by strength and conditioning programmes, helping to develop the necessary physical and technical skill sets. Allied to a strong competitive fixture list that challenges players at all levels and fosters strong mental and tactical skills, Repton creates an environment to support players as they progress through the levels from beginner to elite. This season ten boys and girls are progressing in various county setups, the U15 Girls finished second in the National Indoor championships, and both the boys and girls 1st teams continue to progress through the national outdoor competitions.

Headmaster Mark Semmence, “Repton has produced over 150 first class cricketers, and we know that Martin will be instrumental in adding to that tally. He is an exceptional coach not only of the technical skills but the character that is required to be the best in the game, and we know that scores of Repton pupils will have defining experiences with him. We are delighted to welcome him to our community.”

Martin commented that “he is very excited to be joining Repton, a school steeped in cricket history, and is looking forward to developing the next generation of cricketers, hoping to inspire every young player regardless of ability, to enjoy this wonderful game both at school and beyond.”

Learn more about the cricket programme at Repton