meet the staff
An experienced cricketer who has won 13 Test, 73 ODI & 3 T20 Caps for England, Laura joined the ECB to work on increasing participation within the women & girls' game.
Laura is an honorary life-member of the MCC & was recently appointed chair of the MCC women's cricket sub-committee.
Laura became Director of Women's Cricket at Warwickshire in 2018, before embarking upon her role within the new Women's Regional structure in 2020.
DIRECTOR OF WEST MIDLANDS WOMEN'S CRICKET
Lloyd has extensive experience with international athletes and the game of cricket. He is a former player, having served time playing for Leicestershire between 1986-91. Tennant also played minor county level for Staffordshire in 1995. In 2020, Lloyd was appointed the Head coach of the Central Sparks and since then, he has been a key figure in the coaching staff, helping the team progress and become a strong regional outfit. He has also worked with the Manchester Originals in the Hundred.
Darren has been involved with Warwickshire Women in a coaching capacity since 2013, becoming Head of Women's Cricket at Edgbaston in 2016.
Darren was then appointed Head Coach of the West Midlands Wildcats Regional Development Centre in 2017 & 2018.
Following this, Darren began his role with the ECB as a Women's Regional Talent Manager in 2019, before prior to becoming Central Sparks Senior Talent Manager in 2020.
academy head coach
Beth has managed team operations at multiple ICC events around the globe, including 3 Cricket World Cups.
She manages Birmingham Phoenix in The Hundred and in 2021 was appointed Team Manger of Team Abu Dhabi in the Abu Dhabi T10 League.
Beth has also been the Team Manager of the ICC Women's Global Development Squad & acted as a liaison officer for international teams playing in England.
team operations manager
Since qualifying in 2022, Julia has worked both in the NHS & sport. Julia has travelled the world with her job and is inspired by the dedication & commitment of the athletes and staff that she has worked with.
Julia has been a lead physiotherapist for the Sparks since December 2022, having formally worked for England & GB badminton, England hockey.
Strenghth & Conditioning Lead
Nick is the lead strength & conditioning coach for the Central Sparks. He has spent over 10 years working in professional cricket, and the international and domestic mens cricket game.
Dom represented Warwickshire in a career that spanned 14 years & saw him amass over 10,000 first class runs.
Since retiring from professional cricket, Dom has been the lead batting coach at Midlands based coaching company 'Complete Cricket' for over 10 years,.
In 2019, Dom became Head Coach of the Warwickshire Women/Birmingham Bears Women's First XI, leading them to their first ever title of National T20 Champions. In 2021 Dom was the Assistant Coach of Birmingham Phoenix.
Having spent the 2022 season with Vitality Blast champions Hampshire CCC, George was appointed our Performance Analyst in March 2023. A field in which he has completed both a BSc and MSc in. George has also gained analytical experience with Hong Kong's national cricket team and football club, Cercle Brugge.
Lauren has played women's county cricket for 13 years, including captaining Worcestershire.
Lauren has gained a BSc in Sports Coaching Science and Development at the University of Worcester. Lauren has worked for Worcestershire Cricket Board and Loughborough Lightning and on several girls county pathway programmes. In 2022 she was appointed Head Coach of the England Learning Disability team.
Alongside her role with Sparks, Lauren also coaches on the Warwickshire CCC Girls Pathway Programme and is studying for her ECB Level 4.
STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACH
Andy has joined on board as the academy Strength & Conditioning coach, having previously worked in S&C with England Women and Hampshire's men's team.
DIGITAL CONTENT EXECUTIVE
Having spent three years working on the media teams of Blackpool football club, Fleetwood Town football club & Rochdale Hornets rugby league club respectively, Callum took up the role of digital content executive in April 2023. He has completed a BSc degree in sports journalism and joins the Sparks hosting to continue producing good quality content for a team on the rise.
Becky is our Academy physiotherapist, after previously working in the NHS, private sector and elite sport. Becky is new to the world of cricket and is loving her journey in the game so far.
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