Ireland Under 19 international Mitchell Thompson has been appointed by Fingal County Council and Leinster Cricket as part of the cricket development team to support programmes in Tyrrelstown.
Fingal CC have been very supportive of cricket in recent years, and this latest appointment is further proof of that.
Thompson, who has played cricket in South Africa and Australia, is a first-year Sports Management and Coaching student at TU Dublin and YMCA club member.
His role commences in May for a six-month pilot period with weekly school coaching visits now arranged with Tyrrelstown Educate Together NS, Powerstown NS & Le Cheile secondary school.
“Development coaches helped me take my first step into cricket for which I will always be grateful," Thompson told the Fingal County Council website.
"I am honoured to have been selected for this new exciting role to help develop cricket in Fingal. I hope to engage as many young people as I can to make that first, life-changing step into cricket in the Tyrrelstown community”.
Brian O’Rourke (pictured right with Mitchell Thompson), Cricket Leinster Development Manager said: “A lead community coach for Tyrrelstown was a clear step we needed to take to meet the growing cricket culture in the area (the game is the third most popular in the area behind basketball and GAA) and Fingal County Council’s investment, alongside its passion for cricket is a shining example of how a council can help a sport grow in its community”.
Mayor of Fingal Cllr. David Healy added: “Fingal has a rich history of cricket, and the work of the Sports Office in partnership with Leinster Cricket has seen the game continue to grow. I look forward to seeing the Tyrrelstown cricket community go from strength to strength.”
A talented cricketer, he has been training with Munster Reds ahead of the start of the Interprovincial season, and as an extra spinning option plus decent batsman, he could well figure in Head Coach Ted Williamson's plans.