De Grooth takes player-coach role at VCC
Bertus de Jong
Former HCC captain and Netherlands international Tom de Grooth will join Voorburg CC next season as assistant coach. After two decades at HCC, the 37 year-old made it known that he was looking for a new challenge for 2017, and on Saturday it was announced that he would be taking up the role of 1st team assistant coach and head coach of the under 17s at VCC.
"During my cricket career I've come to know VCC as a real family-club with a healthy youth section", said de Grooth, "I think it will be a most enjoyable challenge to develop this up-and-coming talent to mature cricketers. VCC have the ambition for a swift return to the Topklasse, to which I look forward to contributing. Moreover playing for VCC will give me the chance to play on grass and help maintain one of the best turf wickets in the Netherlands. It's also an advantage that VCC is conveniently close-by for us, so my wife Anique and kids Victor and Amélie can also participate in club life."
VCC chairman Richard de Lange added "we're enormously please to be able to start the new year with such good news. We've known Tom for years of course, he's an ECB Level 3 coach and we're very impressed with his methods and style. What's more he's also a fantastic player, who's shown his class at the highest level of Dutch cricket. Who could forget his famous innings at Lord's during the WT20 in 2009, where his man-of-the-match-winning 49 from 31 balls saw the Netherlands beat England? We hope that in the coming years we can build a fine partnership with Tom".