'Whoever takes over is a very fortunate person...'
Feb 1 2013
Hampshire's lead physiotherapist, Craig de Weymarn has been offered the opportunity of a lifetime as the England Mens' Team Physio - a role he will take up in mid-April.
He replaces Ben Langley who has been promoted to England Lead Physio, after the previous incumbent, Mark Young left the role.
And, when ageasbowl.com caught up with him, he couldn't disguise his delight at the opportunity:
"I'm hugely excited to take the role on and I feel very honoured and privileged to be able to join the England set-up.
"I'm sure the structure will be very different to what we have here at Hampshire. It will come with new challenges but I think a lot of the basic principles are the same and lots can be transferred across from what we do at County level as well."
But, although it's a fantastic opportunity, de Weymarn admits it's hard to leave the County he has been a part of for the last three years and enjoyed a lot of success with.
"I'm hugely upset and sad that I'm leaving my role at Hampshire. The past three years it's been an exceptional job to have and I've enjoyed every minute.
"Our injury record hasn't been too bad over the last couple of years but it's difficult for me to take the entire credit for that. I think the weather plays a big part; we've lost quite a lot of cricket over the last couple of years so the amount of potential time these players are playing out on the pitches is reduced and, therefore, their chance of injury is reduced also. But, certainly that's something that we try to be as proactive as possible at at Hampshire in terms of trying to introduce strategies into the playing environment whereby we can try to reduce these injuries.
"I'm sure England will be right at the top of the game already in terms of that so I look forward to learning lots of new things in their set-up also."
The club are now recruiting for a new Lead Physio (see full job advert) and Craig says it will be a fantastic opportunity for someone else:
"Whoever takes over is a very fortunate person in the fact that they'll be dealing with an excellent coaching and management staff, an excellent bunch of players who are committed to improving and developing - not only from a playing perspective but from a physical perspective as well - and the Ageas Bowl is an exciting place to play cricket at the moment."
In a full-length interview with ageasbowl.com, de Weymarn talks about how his own cricketing background played a part in his success at the Club, the prospect of going straight into two Ashes series almost straight away and the current health of the Hampshire squad.
To hear the full interview with Craig click on the link below:
Words, Interview and Images: Simon Vincent