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Australia international joins Gloucestershire Cricket

Ian Harvey will join Gloucestershire Cricket Credit: Gloucestershire Cricket

Former Australia international allrounder Ian Harvey will join Gloucestershire Cricket as assistant head coach.

Ian Harvey won 6 one-day trophies at the club between 1999 and 2003 and says he is looking forward to trying to bring the glory days back to the Bristol County Ground.

It’s a really exciting time. Over the next few seasons we’ve got the opportunity to start pushing for trophies and for promotion.

We are past rebuilding now, we have a lot of senior players here who’ve played a lot of cricket and it’s up to us as coaches to get the best out of these lads.

If we do then trophies and promotion aren’t out of the question.

– Ian Harvey

Ian will work alongside Richard Dawson who was appointed head coach at the end of January. The pair played alongside each other at Yorkshire and worked together at Gloucestershire in 2013.

It’s very exciting for the club to have Ian Harvey as assistant coach. We interviewed some very strong candidates and Ian stood out.

He already knows about the club having been a major part of its most successful period in the late nineties and early 2000s when they dominated the one-day competitions. His passion for the club is clear to see and he wants to recreate the successful environment he experienced here as a player.

– Richard Dawson

Team Bath swimmers prepare to shine

The start of the Commonwealth Games is now less than three months away and today nine University of Bath National Training Centre swimmers were selected to represent England.

It will be a new experience for the majority of them but, as our sports correspondent Matthias Kurth reports, they're relishing the chance to shine in Glasgow.


Pavey preparing for Commonwealth Games

Jo is hoping to compete just 6 months after having her second child Credit: ITV News West Country

Devon's Jo Pavey is aiming to compete in this year's Commonwealth Games just six months after having her second child.

Jo hasn't competed since 2012 Credit: ITV News West Country

The forty year old runner hasn't competed since 2012. But she is confident she can make an impact at this years Games and plans to run in local races to prepare for the qualifiers.


Somerset trainer has high hopes for Grand National

Trainer Philip Hobbs in his stables in Somerset. Credit: Press Association

It's the Grand National this weekend, and a trainer from Somerset is hoping to make his mark on the world famous steeplechase.

Philip Hobbs from Minehead has never won the race but, coming off the back of a successful Cheltenham Festival, he has high hopes for his two horses running in the National at Aintree.

NT concerns for new Bath rugby stadium

The National Trust has raised concerns over the design of Bath Rugby's planned new stadium.

The charity says it's worried about the height and colour of the scheme.

A formal planning application hasn't yet been submitted, but the club say they want a facility that the city can be proud of.

The National Trust has raised concerns over the design of Bath Rugby's planned new stadium

Festival of British Eventing back at Gatcombe Park

The Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park. Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Wire

Final preparations are taking place for the Festival of British Eventing, which starts on Friday.

It is back at Gatcombe Park in Gloucestershire, the home of Princess Anne, after being called off last year because of the bad weather.

It comes as equestrian sport is at a high after the Olympics and medallists Mary King and William Fox-Pitt are both competing.

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