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Richard Damms (Academy & Development Coach)


Playing Career:

Represented Yorkshire Schools from U13 to U16 Level between 1985 -1988

YCCC YTS scheme under Ralph Middlebrook between 1988 -1990. Damms was in the same year as Darren Gough, Paul Grayson and Jeremy Batty.

Played league cricket until 2010 with Darfield CC, Kexborough CC, Penistone CC and Darton CC.

Coaching Career:

Achieved National Cricket Association Coaching & Teaching Award in 1990, currently in final stages of Level IV Elite Coach Qualification.

Part time Community Cricket Coach in Barnsley 1990 – 1998

Denby Dale CC Head Coach between 1999 – 2009

ECB Coach Education Tutor since 2005

Yorkshire Women Senior Head Coach 2007 – 2009

Assistant Coach to Andy Rowsell for Yorkshire Schools U15 from 2008 to date

Coach for YCCC U16 since 2008

Part time Assistant Coach to YCCC academy from 2010, before becoming Development Manager in December 2011.

Assistant Head Coach for England Women U15 Development Programme 2013 to date.

Overseen two trophy-winning years for the Yorkshire Academy in 2014 and 2015.

In the book, Yorkshire – A Champion Year, published in November 2014, Jason Gillespie said of Damms: “He’s been around for a while now, and a lot of the kids coming through the Academy or seconds, he knows quite well. It’s a similar sort of thing with Dewsy. He’ll ring me up and said ‘I was watching Jack Leaning and picked up this, what do you think?’ That’s how a good team works.”


  • Name Richard Damms
  • Born 13 October 1971, Barnsley, South Yorkshire
  • Role Academy & Development Manager
  • Nickname Dammsy