Former Disability Cricketer of the Year Chris Edwards has joined the staff of Cheshire Cricket Board.

The 19-year-old from Caldy, who has represented the England Learning Disability team since 2008, officially began his part-time post with the board last month.

Chris, who scooped top honours alongside Graeme Swann and Katherine Brunt at the 2010 ECB Cricketer of the Year Awards, will be based on the Wirral, where he will deliver in school and club settings as well as on Cheshire’s Junior Development Programme.

“This a dream job for me and I’m very excited about it,” said Chris, who was diagnosed with autism aged three.

“This is something I have wanted for a long, long time. I have battled against a learning disability for most of my life and I didn’t want to do a job that I wouldn’t enjoy.

“All I ever wanted to do was play cricket and now I have been given the chance to be a professional coach, to give the something back for what the game has given to me.”