James Wojda has coached cricket at Packwood for the past two years. In addition to this, he works with the ECB and was recently appointed Head Coach of the Hawks squad, a Disability Premier League Team. This year the squad showcased their skills to the full, finishing top of the group stages and qualifying for the ECB Disability Premier League Final, where they faced the Pirates.
The Final, which took place at Derbyshire CCC, aired live on Sky Sports, as a double header with England Women’s International T20 Series v Sri Lanka.
James had focused on creating a culture of positivity within the team, encouraging the squad to express their natural flair. This was evident across the whole competition, with strong performances throughout, and finished off with Callum Flynn’s 82 not out off 50 balls, which helped the Hawks win the Final by 8 wickets.
James explained that victory in this year’s competition was not just about winning a game of cricket, but about breaking down barriers, shattering stereotypes and inspiring a new generation of players to believe that their abilities are limitless.
James continues to coach at Packwood, offering his expertise and encouragement to Packwood’s cricketers. He now takes on the broader role of full-time sports coach and aims to inspire a love of sport, by encouraging pupils to reach their full potential, support their teammates and have a great deal of fun along the way