Tom Scanlan


My first cricket coaching job was at the DCF Burton (the old Yorkshire captain) School near Sunningdale in 1962! That was the same year that I captained my school team, Beaumont College, since defunct, against The Oratory at Lord's. 

I played most of my cricket for Teddington CC in the days before the Middlesex league was formed and then for a couple of seasons in the league.

I was Assistant Editor of The Cricketer magazine in 1970-72 and then spent a long time in various postings overseas with British Forces Broadcasting Service, which pretty well put cricket to a stop apart from occasional games in far-flung outposts.

I formalised my cricket coaching on my final posting back to the UK and became a Senior ECB coach in 1997. Since then, I spent five years managing the Berkshire Cricket Centre and have been coach or manager to ten Berkshire County youth teams and in a similar role in District youth cricket since its inception in 2003. I am a member of the coaching panel for Berkshire U10s, U11s and U12s’ winter development sessions and County U14 and U15 winter training programmes. I’m currently the Under 15 Reading District manager..

I thoroughly enjoy coaching young players, whether they are county cricketers or beginners. My main aim is to bring the best out by making coaching so enjoyable for the boys and girls that they just want to keep coming back for more!