A professional cricketer has joined a Malvern school to mentor the next generation of sportspeople.

George Rhodes, formerly of Worcestershire County Cricket Club and Leicestershire County Cricket Club, is joining Malvern College as Cricket Professional.

The 30-year-old resident comes from a dynasty of cricketers, including his father, Steve, and grandfather, Billy.



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Rhodes began his cricketing journey in the town, and progressed through the county's youth system, ultimately earning a professional cricket contract before making his debut in 2016 aged 22.

He studied sports and exercise science at the University of Worcester whilst in the academy and continues to play for Suffolk and Birmingham Premier League team Barnards Green.

Rhodes said: "As a young professional I benefitted from the use of the elite facilities at Malvern College, and now as a coach it is a privilege to have these on site.

"I feel that I have an opportunity to develop and enhance the delivery of the school’s high-quality cricket programme, which I am extremely excited about."

Rhodes added "As one of the UK’s top performing cricketing schools Malvern College has produced a number of elite cricketers that have gone on to achieve great success and I'm delighted to have the opportunity to coach the next generation of cricketing greats."

The director of sport at the school, Lee Hilton, said: "Our pupils are in the fortunate position of being able to learn from a team of sports professionals, many of whom who come from a background of elite level sport, whether that be in the coaching or playing space.

"We are delighted to welcome George to that team, who brings with him a wealth of experience through a professional career with Worcestershire CCC and Leicestershire CCC and a strong reputation in the Worcestershire pathway as one of the top young coaches in their system."

He added: "Our world-class facilities and expert coaching staff make Malvern College an exceptional environment for young sportspeople to progress across a range of sporting disciplines and we are thrilled that the next generation of elite-cricketers will be able to benefit from George’s expert coaching."