Coaching Crew

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Ian Pont, head coach

Ex first- class cricketer in England (Notts & Essex) & South Africa (Kwa-Zulu Natal). Try-outs with 6 Major League Baseball teams as a pitcher. Olympic qualifying distance javelin thrower. 2nd longest recorded cricket ball throw of all time (126.18m). Founder and creator of ABSAT fast bowling methodology. Three-time ICC World Cup international coach and double–winning franchise T20 Head Coach. Coach to Dale Steyn, Shoaib Akhtar, Darren Gough, plus very many first-class, IPL and other Test & ODI players. Triple author: “The Fast Bowler’s Bible”, “Coaching Youth Cricket” & “Ultimate Pace Secrets”. ECB Level 3 HEAD COACH. Former ECB National & Regional Skills Set Coach for Fast Bowling.

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Catherine Dalton, assistant head coach

Former England Academy all rounder. Ireland international at ICC T20 World Cup in India 2016. Middlesex & Essex player. First female to score 100 in men’s Two Counties League for Halstead CC and 211* in the ECB Women’s Prem for Finchley CC. International fast bowling coach and world-class expert in technical coaching. Has worked with Test, IPL and first-class players in the UK, India and Pakistan. ABSAT Master Coach (M.Ab). Gained a first class honours degree in Physical and Sport Education (B.A.) from St Mary’s University, Twickenham, London. Studying for ECB Level 3 Advanced Coach.

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Luke Humphrey, coach

Luke Humphrey is completing the ECB Level 4 Master Coach Award and is an ECB Tutor and Assessor and an NLP Practitioner. Luke worked with The England Lions and was the Lead Coach for the England Talent Tests at the home of Team England, the National Cricket Performance Centre, Loughborough. He is a specialist coach for Hertfordshire’s 2015/16 winter County Age Group programme and is the head coach for the recently launched East Cricket Academy (ECA). The ECA provides high quality winter coaching for U13-U15 cricketers in the East of Hertfordshire and works in association with Hertfordshire Cricket.

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jason fergus, sprint coach

Jason is a Gold Medallist from the 1992 World Junior games in the Great Britain 4 x100m relay team alongside Darren Campbell, Allyn Condon and James Baulch. He is an expert in sprint techniques and developing speed. Jason has worked at grassroots level as well as for Sport England and England Athletics. As head of 2012 legacy and strategic sport at Essex County Council, Jason was responsible for maximising the benefits of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in the county. He is Director of Active Essex, to change 1 million lives by tackling inactivity and making physical activity part of everyday life.