The club boasts a fantastic coaching department with Director of Cricket Mark Fell at the helm. Mark is supported by several coaches including former Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Surrey Fast Bowler Mark Footitt. Below is a short biography of some of our coaches. The club always makes efforts to have a fantastic range of coaches available. Supported by Parent Managers our junior set up allows for an exceptional standard of coaching.
Director Of Cricket at Grantham Cricket Club
Mark Fell otherwise known as ‘Felly’ to many is the current Director of Cricket at Grantham and has been since 2014. Felly boasts an exceptional coaching record of over 30 years service in the cricket industry. Mark playing days included many stints at local level around the country. However, his finest achievement was playing First class cricket for Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire including his only century for Nottinghamshire. In all First-Class cricket, he scored 506 runs at 14.45 in 20 games. In List-A competitions he appeared in 47 matches scoring 703 runs at 18.50 and taking 21 wickets at 30.61. After unfortunate stints Mark turned his attention to coaching and Minor Counties cricket for Lincolnshire where he flourished. Playing for Lincolnshire CCC until 2007. He appeared in 149 Minor Championship matches scoring 8018 runs and taking 96 wickets. His runs tally is the second largest in Lincolnshire’s history. He is the leading all-time run scorer for Lincolnshire in the Minor Counties Trophy with 1,245 runs. Mark became director of cricket for Lincolnshire in 2005 and still holds the position to this day.
Former Nottinghamshire, Surrey and Derbyshire fast bowler Mark Footitt like many had test ambitions to play for England unfortunately injuries and playing for a county that boasted an attack that included Ryan Sidebottom and Stuart Broad meant opportunities were hard to come by. It wasn’t until a move to Derbyshire materialised in 2010 chances started to become more prominent. Yet, it wasn’t until 2013 were the left arm quick stamped his authority in the county game or more than likely feared batsman with his pace (in excess of 90 mph) and awkward action, Footy took 42 wickets. Come 2014 and Mark had a breakthrough year of 82 wickets at 19.19 and whispers of an England call up began. With left arm quicks a commodity in 2015 Mark was selected on the England Performance Programme including netting for the England Test Team. In the 2015/16 Winter Tours Mark was selected to go to South Africa unfortunately for him this was the closest he would get to be given the England Cap. Hopes were still there and a move to Surrey in 2016. Eager to confirm himself as the leading left-arm quick in county cricket, in April Footy broke down with a side injury and was out of action for the start of the season. He recovered to play half Surrey’s fixtures, his career-best 7 for 62 against Lancashire in August enabling him to finish the summer in optimistic mood. Mark would later move back to the East Midlands with his fiancé and daughter. In 2019 Mark signed for Grantham and now assists Felly in a coaching capacity whilst still playing for the First XI.