Revd Tim Wright of Boulton St Mary's Church, Alvaston, has been appointed as Cricket Derbyshire Chaplain.
Revd Wright will offer pastoral and spiritual support to everyone connected professionally with the Club - including players, coaches, staff and officials regardless of their faith.
He will play a major role in player and employment welfare; mentoring players and staff to cope with life at a professional sports Club and helping individuals through difficult circumstances that arise in either their personal or professional life.
There are over 220 Sport Chaplains in the UK, providing care for a large number of high-profile professional sports clubs including Premier League football clubs and others in county cricket.
Club Captain Wayne Madsen said: “Revd Tim Wright will perform a valuable service to the Club, providing pastoral support for players and staff both in and out of the cricket season.
“Chaplains can be of help to all sorts of people involved in sport - offering an independent ear, spiritual support and confidential advice. We believe the appointment of a Club Chaplain will offer valuable support as we continue to strive ambitiously in all areas both on and off the field."
Derbyshire Chief Executive Simon Storey said: “Revd Tim Wright, a local cricket enthusiast, will provide great support to all at the Club, offering supportive care for players, coaches and staff and helping them to deal with the demands of professional sport.”
Revd Wright added: “Sports chaplaincy is well established in professional football but less so in county cricket, so I am excited about being given the opportunity to work with the club in developing this new role.”
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