Coaching Team

Our North East Cricket Academy (NECA) coaching team is led by our Director of Coaching, Keith Newell and is supported by a fantastic group of ECB qualified coaches ranging from Level ECB 2, 3 or 4. Our coaches, who include current and past professional cricketers, offer a diverse range of specific skills coaching alongside their own high level playing experience.

It is a core aim of NECA to be a centre of training excellence for all of our players, for all clubs in the North East. Our Women’s’ and Girls’ section is our largest growing sector, and we continue to encourage participation. 

Our leading indoor training facilities enable us to offer winter and pre-season coaching programmes to ensure that juniors continue to use the skills acquired in the summer sessions throughout the year. To book or find out more about our NECA programmes we offer, click HERE.

All coaches are DBS checked, First Aid trained and have the required ECB Safeguarding qualifications. 



Keith Newell

Director of Coaching

ECB Level 3


Graham Clark

ECB Level 2

Professional Cricketer for Durham Cricket


Nicky Phillips

ECB Level 3

Ex - Professional Cricketer for Sussex and Durham Cricket

Ruaidhri Fletcher

ECB Level 3 Coach

South North CC 2nd XI Captain

Jen McDowell

ECB Level 2

Women's 1st XI Captain and Female Club Safeguarding Officer 

Nathan Byerley

ECB Level 2

Jack Slane

ECB Level 2

Freya Rook

ECB Level 2

Gavin Paton

ECB Level 2

James Lunn

ECB Level 3

Development Officer for Durham Cricket

Ben Davidson

ECB Level 1

Cricketer for Scotland Cricket