Lendlease Breakers’ and Sydney Thunder assistant coach Leah Poulton will be joining Cricket Australia in July as the newly appointed High Performance Coach – Female Program.

The role will see the talented Poulton responsible for overseeing the development of Australia’s up and coming female cricketers and overseeing the under-15 and under-18 programs, Australia ‘A’ squad and the inaugural female National Performance Squad.  

After playing 90 matches for Australia and over 100 domestic matches for New South Wales, Poulton made a smooth transition into coaching where she made an impressive impact, first as the Cricket NSW Female Pathway Manager and then as assistant with the Lendlease Breakers and Sydney Thunder WBBL, with her work ethic, one on one coaching and mentoring.

Having recently returned from a study trip to the United States, Poulton said the growth of the women’s game has led to the demand of additional coaching resources at a youth level.

“This is such an important space and there are so many great things happening in the female pathway,” said Poulton.

“Australia’s had such a great history and that doesn’t happen by accident, we have to put a lot of work into our pathway to help cultivate those emerging players. It’s not a case of creating them, the talent is there and it’s about creating the right environments where they can thrive.”

Andrew Jones, Cricket NSW CEO concluded, “We are delighted that Leah has been offered this opportunity. At Cricket NSW we want all our staff and players to achieve their potential in the game and Leah’s potential is obvious to all who have worked with her. A NSW great as a player, she is also a qualified teacher and sports scientist. Coupled with her outstanding work ethic and giving personality, she is an outstanding coach. Australia’s next generation is in the best possible hands and we wish Leah all the very best.”