Matt Homes - Founder & Head Coach
Matt primarily has a photographic background having worked for the sports photo agency Allsport Photographic from 1984 as a Picture Editor and Library Manager. Within the role Matt was fortunate enough to follow the England Ashes tour of Australia 90/91 and World Cup 1992 in a capacity of picture editor/technician, wiring images back for National newspapers in the UK. With a great passion for cricket this gave Matt working closely alongside England cricketers, an insight into the daily routine of an international cricketer. After various roles within Sales at Getty Images Matt is currently developing and growing the In-Touch Cricket Academy as an ECB Level 3 coach. Matt has played club cricket for Mitcham, Ashford, Reigate Priory, Ashtead and current MCC playing member.
Ben Scott - Wkt/Batting / Strength & Conditioning Coach / Elite programme
Ben is a high quality keeper / batsman who has played for Worcestershire CCC for the last three seasons. Having progressed through the Middlesex Colts Age groups with spells at both Middlesex and Surrey, Ben can relate as a coach the qualities and commitment required to make it as a pro cricketer. He claimed his first century against Northamptonshire and made 50 dismissals in 2005, ensuring Middlesex avoided relegation. Ben is believed to be one of the best skilled glovemen known for standing up to the stumps to seam bowlers and innovative batsman winning Twenty20 Cup in 2008 followed up by an appearance in the Stanford Series in the West Indies. Additionally Scotty was selected for the England Lions tour of New Zealand in February 2009 and is a great role model to any young cricketer.
Keith Medlycott - Specialist EliteCoach
As a player "Medders" took 357 first-class wickets, mainly for Surrey, and also scored 3684 runs at 25.94, including a debut century against Cambridge University in 1984. He toured the West Indies with England in 1989-90, without playing in a Test, and went with England A to Sri Lanka the following winter. He retired from first-class cricket at the end of1991 moving into a coaching career in South Africa with Northerns but returned to Surrey as coach in 1997, helping them to win three County Championship titles and four one-day trophies. He left The Oval at the end of 2003 and in October 2004 he started as the ICC's high-performance manager for umpires. Medders currently works as a Cricket professional at Reeds School in Surrey.
Sam Schofield - Senior Academy Coach
Sam is a recent graduate from the University of Worcester, with a 2:1 degree in Sports Coaching with Physical Education. He has 5 years of coaching experience at junior club level, mainly at Sutton CC where he plays his cricket, and has worked for Surrey County Cricket Club on there Chance to Shine scheme coaching cricket in local schools. Sam spent last winter playing and coaching cricket in Melbourne, Australia for a town club and enjoyed the experience greatly. Sam is an ECB Level 3 cricket coach.
Bob Cook – Senior Academy Coach / NLP specialist
Bob has been coaching cricket for more than 10 years now enjoying the journey so much that he is an ECB Level 3 coach, ECB Tutor and Assessor, and now Chairman of the ECB Coaches Association, Surrey. He is currently Head Coach of Chessington Cricket Club, coaching players from juniors through to the First XI which, in 2009, secured its third promotion in 4 years. He has also been involved in coaching Surrey District sides since 2004. Whilst working with players of all ages Bob became increasingly aware of the importance of the psychological aspects of playing and enjoying cricket. He has therefore worked for the last four years training and working as a Master Practitioner in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), using the skills and techniques to help players enhance their psychological flexibility and skills at the same time as their cricket, specific technical skills. Bob’s coaching philosophy is that the coach is there to create an enjoyable and competitive environment for all players and teams to reach the highest levels of their potential.
Brian Berthoud – Senior Academy Coach
Brian has worked for many years for Surrey County Cricket Club where he excelled in a number of roles, including 121 coaching, surrey development courses, district and county programmes for young players of all abilities. Brian has had a wide range of cricketing experience in both Trinidad and England. He is currently the head coach at Horsley & Send Cricket Club helping to develop their youth section. An ECB Level 3 qualified coach Brian will bring his skills working with the other coaches in the academy to create one of the best academies in the South of England.
Mark Cody - Senior Academy Coach
An ex semi-pro footballer Mark has transitioned his skills from Football to Cricket while following his son Connor who is part of a Surrey age group squad. Having spent four years coaching at Outwood CC in Surrey Mark gained his UKCC Level 2 coaching qualification and is also an ABSAT qualified bowling coach. Mark spent last summer gaining valuable experience coaching for Surrey on their ‘Chance to Shine’ project and has a great rapport with the young kids. Mark is constantly aiming to improve his coaching skills by working with other coaches and feels that his involvement with the In-Touch Cricket Academy is an exciting prospect.
Neil Kendrick - Specialist Elite Coach
Neil is the Head of Performance Cricket at Whitgift School and has recently gained the prestigious ECB Level 4 qualification. Having spent 10 years on the playing staff at Surrey as a left arm spinner Neil made his 1st class debut in 1988 and in 1993 took a career best 7-115 against Nottinghamshire at the Oval. Additionally Neil spent his last seasons as a pro cricketer at Glamorgan. As a specialist spin coach Neil works with players at an elite level for both the ECB and Surrey so excitingly the In-Touch Academy players will have exposure working with a high quality coach..
Gareth Davies - Strength & Conditioning Coach / Elite programme
Gareth graduated from Southbank University with a BSc (Hons) in Sports and Exercise Science in 2001. During his studies he worked as a fitness consultant for YMCA and Holmes Place Health Clubs. Upon graduation Gareth went to work in the USA as Director of Soccer Camps for Challenger Sports having responsibility for the running of camps across nine states of America. Upon his return Gareth worked at David Lloyd Health and Fitness Club as an Advanced Level 3 Personal Trainer and began to specialize in the area of sport specific strength and conditioning working with several semi professional football clubs as well as many professional players on a one to one basis. In 2005 Gareth went to work as a sport scientist for Charlton Athletic football club working with mainly U16 players many of which are playing Premier League today. In 2008 Gareth began working for Chelsea Football Club with responsibility for strength and conditioning for ladies academy, reserves and 1st teams. Such a role has brought success to the club with the academy being National Champions in 2010, the reserves League Champions in 2011 and the 1st team part of the Women’s Super League. Gareth is highly qualified with UKSCA Accreditation / FA Fitness Trainers Award / Register of Exercise Professionals Adv L3.
Kieron Vorster - Strength and Conditioning Consultant
Kieron has a background in Tennis where he was most recently the CEO for The David Lloyd Tennis Academy where his roles include the structure/strategy for the Academy, recruitment of the best coaches in Tennis, running of the day to day operation and management of staff within the Academy. An ex Tennis professional Kieron is a highly qualified strength and conditioning coach (Registry of Exercise Professionals Advanced Instructor Level 3) who has previously worked as a personal fitness coach for both Tim Henman and Wayne Ferreira, as well as a stint as the Head of Strength and Conditioning for the Lawn Tennis Association. Kieron is a UKCC Level 2 cricket qualified coach and currently working in Doha for the Qatar Tennis Federation.
Graham Foster - Assistant Coach
The elder statesman of the In-Touch Coaching team Graham comes from career as an Administrator and Sales Rep, within the building industry. Graham's early experiences of cricket were to visit to the Oval to watch the likes of Surrey greats Surridge, May, Lock & Laker etc. An allrounder in a playing capacity Graham played for the Adventurers wandering side, who's President was Alf Gover. He is a great believer in upholding the strong traditions and spirit of the game. In 1973 he lived a cricketing dream representing the Affiliated Clubs XI versus the Cricket Conference London XI at the Oval. In recent years Graham's passion for the game has been re-stimulated through his two grandson's involvement in the game and has supported the In-Touch Coaching programme ever since where he has also gained the UKCC1 qualification. The Academy currently utilises Graham's vast experiences in life and cricket to help nurture young cricketers.
Sam Homes - Assistant Coach
Sam has played cricket from a very young age and experienced playing junior club, district and CAG cricket where he captained his club junior team Ashtead through to U15. Currently Sam plays for Ashtead 2nd XI in the Surrey Championship Premier Division as a top order batter & off spin bowler and will look to progress into the 1st XI. Having been part of many winter & summer training programmes working alongside experienced coaches Sam is well used to the coaching enviroment for a young player. In December 2012 Sam visited Dubai on a !0 day coaching programme which added to his knowledge of playing cricket in different conditions. A current ECB Level 1 coach Sam is starting his Level 2 in October 2013.