As a 14 year-old, former England coach David “Bumble” Lloyd described me as the best junior cricketer in the country. From 15 to 19, I represented England in every national age-group team. At 20, I made my First-Class debut for Lancashire, shortly followed by scoring 155 against an all-star Surrey team at The Oval. A couple of years later, Mark Butcher, the England cricketer, identified me as “the young player to look out for” on the professional circuit, whilst the legendary Test umpire Dickie Bird said he was certain that I’d play for England.
Yet at the tender age of 25, I was out of the sport completely. A spent force, who had grown to hate the game I once loved more than anything else. But why?
My big question
What prevented me from fulfilling my athletic potential? After all, I had everything that I could possibly need to achieve success – “genetic pedigree” (my father was an international cricketer, and my uncle played professionally), state-of-the-art practice facilities in my parents back garden, an outstanding record throughout the junior elite pathway, a promising start to my professional career. I couldn’t make sense of it. From the moment I walked out of the Old Trafford gates for the last time as a professional sportsman to now, nearly twenty years later, I’ve been obsessed with finding the answers to the question, “What makes great athletes great?”
Learning from everyone
This compulsion to unearth these secrets, led me down the coaching pathway, initially in fitness (Level 3 Personal Trainer & Sports Therapist), followed by cricket (Level 3 Performance Coach), and subsequently across the whole sports spectrum (Level 4 Master Coach). Over the last two decades, I’ve had the pleasure of working as a coach, mentor, and consultant, with a diverse range of athletes, coaches, parents, and organisations, all of whom have challenged my beliefs, broadened my perspective, and fuelled my desire to help others reach their full sporting potential.
Even as a highly qualified and experienced sports performance coach, I don’t claim to know the definitive answer as to what separates the greats from the rest. Does anyone? But I do have a passion for helping you, as an athlete, coach, parent, or organisation, to explore and discover what works best for you, your players, your children, or your people. And who knows, we may very well find that answer together…..and finally satisfy my curiosity!
Let’s get to work…