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. 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. In addition Matt is a specialist cricket coach at Epsom College and Director of Cricket for Surrey Championship Premier side Ashtead CC. Matt has played club cricket for Mitcham, Ashford, Reigate Priory, Ashtead.
Henry Thorpe - Senior Academy Coach
Henry has a fresh and dynamic outlook on the game epitomises that of the modern era and for someone so young, has a wealth of experience on his side having been coaching for 6 years as an ECB Level 2 coach. Henry has spent his early days as a coach working alongside senior coaches and has since worked as Head Coach of Maori Oxshott Cricket Club. Henry recently completed a Business Management degree (BA) at the University of Manchester and currently working as a talent agent for M&C Saatchi Merlin. Additionally he currently leads sessions in our group programs and is a graduate of the Academy when it first started in 2008.
Damian Shirazi - Specialist 121 Coach
Damian is the current Director of Cricket at Epsom College and very experienced Level 3 coach working with players at all levels from elite to early development. His playing career as a left handed opening batsman who bowls right-arm medium pace saw him represent England at U14, U15, and U19 levels. He also played for Hampshire CCC at all levels and 2 years with the MCC Young Cricketers as well as representing the British Universities Sports Association against the touring New Zealand and Sri Lankan teams. He comes highly recommended in a 121 coaching environment.
Tom Homes - Senior Coach
Tom is currently part of the ECB Level 3 coaching program working for In-Touch Cricket, Surrey CCC and Ashtead Cricket Club. Tom has a great understanding working with younger players having come through the Surrey County age teams from u9 to u17s and was an Academy player for 2 years. He is a left arm spinner and plays for Ashtead CC 1st XI and represented Surrey 2nds throughout the 2017 season. Tom is studying a degree in Sport, Fitness and Coaching with Open University.
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 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.
Stephen Pope - Specialist Keeping & Batting Coach
Stephen represented England Schoolboys at both cricket and rugby as wicket keeper and scrum half
Having signed for Gloucestershire CC aged 16 he was identified as a potential successor for Jack Russell who he eventually trained and played with in the same team. Popey was right-handed batsman and a wicket-keeper who played List A cricket, Twenty20 cricket and 5 first-class matches for the county in 2003, who gained promotion that year to Division 1. Popey also played for England at the 2002 ICC Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand and youth Test Match series against West Indies and India. Since retiring from cricket he has qualified as a PE teacher/coach and recently taken a role as the Girls Cricket coach at Surbiton High School. Stephen is a Level 3 coach who specialises in both batting and wicketkeeping coaching.
Mark Sibley - Senior Coach
Mark is a recently qualified Level 2 coach with a wealth of experience in the game. He represented Surrey Young Cricketers at u19 as an off spinning batter and played club cricket for Ashtead CC for many years where he is still involved at a coaching level. Until recently Mark had 30 years of experience as a sales executive in negotiating and distributing sports media rights. Mark has stayed close to the game having been part of his son Dominic Sibley (Warwickshire CCC professional) progression from junior cricketer to established 1st Class Cricketer and current opening batter for England.
Wayne White – Specialist 121 Coach
Wayne retired from first class cricket in 2015 after a professional career with Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Lancashire. Having played 86 first class games Wayne has vast experience taking 202 wickets as a right arm medium fast bowler and 2769 runs with a highest score of 101*. Wayne is currently pursuing a career as a full time cricket coach and is a great addition to the In-Touch coaching team.
Jacob Paul - S& C / Specialist Sprint Coach
Jacob is a level 3 qualified personal trainer and an international track athlete who was a part of team England at the Commonwealth Games in 2018. A specialist in sprinting technique, fitness coaching, general body conditioning and sport-specific movements. The sessions will focus on improving players specific needs and equipping them within a cricket environment.