Rounders England Director of Development announces departure

Rounders England’s current Director of Development, Rhian Lilley, will be leaving her current post in November to take up a role with the Football Association.

Rhian joined Rounders England in September 2020, as the organisation was embarking on developing their new 10 year strategy, Rounders: Reconnected.

Over her period as Director of Development Rhian has redefined the player pathway, introducing a brand new Talent Pathway supported by player development hubs. She harnessed the profile of rounders’ ability to bring communities together and tackle inequalities. She established regional tournaments across the country and developed a new education offer to increase the participation in schools, colleges and universities. Ahead of leaving the organisation she has finalised steps in The Rounders: Reconnected heritage project, to rescue and preserve the memories and the records of those participants who have played and maintained rounders since 1943.

Announcing this news, Natalie Justice-Dearn, CEO of Rounders England said

“Rhian was not only critical in developing our new strategic vision but has been instrumental in its delivery too. Through engagement with the rounders community, developing partnerships and always looking for new opportunities, Rhian has certainly brought us on a journey. Although we are sad to be losing Rhian, we want to congratulate her on her new role and thank her for everything she has done for Rounders England.”

In response, Rhian said

“My three years at Rounders England have been thoroughly enjoyable. I have loved working with the team, board and amazing rounders community. I would like to thank all for welcoming me into the sport and am proud to leave Rounders England in a strong position to continue thriving.”

Details of the recruitment process for the successor Director of Development, are announced here

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