The Leys School in Cambridge has appointed cricketer Carla Rudd as its Director of Sport

The Leys School, Cambridge has appointed cricketer Carla Rudd as its new Director of Sport. Her arrival came just days after finishing in second place as part of the Southern Brave team in this year’s The Hundred competition. Rudd was formerly Head of Girls’ Cricket at Felsted and, alongside her teaching, she plays for Sussex County., The Southern Vipers and The Southern Brave as a specialist wicketkeeper. Her professional career includes a record number of stumpings in the 2021 season and joint highest number of dismissals in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy.

Carla Rudd attributes physical activity to her own personal development and enjoyment of life. “I was encouraged to play sport from a young age by my parents and teachers, so at every opportunity I took part,” she says. “Through participation, I found the love and the passion from an early age and it has remained an integral, and important, part of my life.”

Carla Rudd
Carla Rudd is a passionate advocate of girls’ sport and says gender should have no bearing on outcomes

Rudd is a passionate advocate for girls’ sport but is also committed to adding value across the whole sports programme at The Leys. “I feel very proud and privileged to be a woman in sport, but I am of the opinion that gender should have no bearing on outcomes. There is an abundance of professional females in sporting arenas, and many will be role models to those aspiring to follow in their footsteps.

“I believe each of us has a talent and as educators, it is our responsibility, and privilege, to help unearth those talents and enable the students to flourish in any given field they wish to follow. I was very lucky with the support I received when I was growing up. Without it, I wouldn’t have achieved what I have so far in life.”

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