6th Dec, 2016

Experienced coaches Steve Perryman and Phil Oliver join Solihull Blossomfield

Solihull Editorial 12th Apr, 2016 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

SOLIHULL Blossomfield have announced this week that Steve Perryman and Phil Oliver have become senior coaches for the upcoming 2016 season.

The pair come with an excellent background starting as players at Warwickshire for many years before becoming coaches.

Perryman, who made 156 first class appearances, was employed as bowling coach at Warwickshire and is credited with playing an important role in the early development of current England star Chris Woakes.

Both Steve and Phil are also coaches of the Unicorns, a team that competes against County second teams for players without a professional contract, as well as Birmingham League Premier Division side, Sutton Coldfield.

When Perryman and Oliver started at Sutton, they won the Warwickshire Premier Division which Blossomfield were competing in and since then have had four promotions in five seasons.

Club captain, Ben Seifas, said: “I am delighted to have the opportunity to announce the signings of such top coaches who have performed at every level.

“Not only have they got County experience but they have also worked hard with Sutton Coldfield to get them through four leagues and progress their Club.

“We have already started work on preparing for the new season with a couple of training sessions, which have gone down very well with our squad. We now hope to see the difference the coaches have made when we play our first match against Castle Bromwich on 23rd April.”

The Solihull team were relegated last season from Warwickshire League Division One and have successfully found new personnel and impetus to take the club forward and create a plan to take the section of the multi-sports Club forward.

Since the start of the New Year, the team based on Widney Lane have recruited a completely new committee with a new chairman in Paul Law and four other current players, the new committee is working on plans to improve the playing side, the facilities, and the infrastructure at the club.

Ben added: “Last year was tough for all involved with poor performances and apathy around the club, however the turnaround this season has been immense. We have really seen everybody pull together and we will hopefully see the improvements on field.

“The youth section at Blossomfield is forever growing in both numbers and quality which is brilliant to see. With a top coach Richard Weaver heading up this section, it can only be helpful to have Steve (Perryman) and Phil (Oliver) to develop the player pathway further.”