Cricket Academy coaches at the Andrew Flintoff Cricket Academy
The game of cricket has shaped my life in many ways. I started playing after a local club advertised in my school through a letter. After playing junior cricket for a couple of years, I started playing senior Saturday cricket and quickly became involved in coaching at school and at my club through my latter years at school. I was asked to go and play in Australia when I was 18 and have spent 5 seasons playing there, two of which were as player coach for Balcatta CC in Perth.
Being involved in cricket in Perth allowed me to work with some inspirational coaches such as Noddy Holder and share their philosophies. Through cricket I have been fortunate to travel the world and meet many new friends, opening several opportunities. I was introduced to AFCA first of all through some parents of children that I coached, and then by playing against AFCA manager Rupes!
After several conversations and emails during my time in Australia, Rupes invited me to coach with AFCA. From there I have worked on many academies alongside some fantastic coaches, coaching some talented and enthusiastic children.
Coaches are always growing, bouncing ideas of each other and there are some fantastic coaches working on AFCA who are real pleasure to coach with.
I have played cricket for many years in the Derbyshire leagues for Ticknall CC and also played and captained at district level when I was younger (clinging on to the past!). I pursued coaching from an early age doing both my ECB cricket level 1 and RFU level 1 before I was 18. Through love of cricket and many other sports I then studied BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching at Leeds Met University.
I have coached cricket at many schools during my time at University as well as being an assistant coach at Ticknall CC juniors which has now become a Head Coach role.
I love my time on the Andrew Flintoff Cricket Academy. It is always great fun with the kids and a brilliant way to improve my coaching and further my coach development!
Mark Potter – Head Coach
‘Pottsy’ is a PE teacher with a passion for anything and everything cricket.
He has great energy and drive and Fred is convinced that he should be a TV gameshow host if his teaching and coaching career changes. Mark says: ‘I love the opportunity to coach that AFCA gives me. It is a great atmosphere to work in and to see the smiles and progress that the children make each day is really rewarding’.
Paul Atkins – Head Coach
Paul is a former first class cricketer from Surrey and Northamptonshire who even played against Fred before embarking on his successful coaching career.
He is now a leading Coach for Kwazulu Natal in South Africa and has been an AFCA Head Coach since inception in 2008.
Paul loves being involved with Fred’s Academy; ‘Everything AFCA is professional and great to be involved with. From the quality of the kit to the detail of the coaching programme you know that you are providing a great service to parents and players.’
Caroline Atkins – Coach
Caroline is an opening bat who has played 8 tests and 58 ODIs for England. She was an integral part of the successful England side who won the World Cup and T20 World Cup and she is also an AFCA Coach.
‘Using my coaching and Strength & Conditioning Qualifications, as well as my international experience, has allowed me to add some dynamic and different coaching sessions to the AFCA programme. Many young players have not experienced this type of session and approach before and as well as being new and exciting to them it is also great to see them enjoy something which will help them in their cricket and sporting life’.
Rob has played from a very young age playing representative cricket at juniors and now playing for Burscough where he also coaches. Rob is a current level 2 coach, working towards his level 3 qualification.
Rob is a passionate cricketer who has turned his passion to coaching. He is involved in coaching juniors at district and county level as well as having a degree in Coaching Development.
Rob’s combination of experience and knowledge has been brilliant on our AFCA camps, helping children up and down the country!
Passionate, experienced and highly qualified in coaching cricket for his age. A strong coach with plenty of knowledge to pass on. Alastair became a level 2 coach at the tender age of 17 and is well on his way to gaining his level 3 qualification.
Having played junior cricket at district level Alastair went quickly on to playing senior cricket and has now found his passion for cricket lies with coaching others.
Alastair has quickly gained great experience coaching, firstly at Bowden CC where he is currently the Bowden Girls CC head coach as well as coaching on the ‘Girls Cricket Factory’ alongside England’s Jenny Gunn!
Charlotte began cricket as many girls do, fighting for a place in boy’s junior sides but after a move to Letchworth Women’s CC in 2007 she progressed quickly, representing Hertfordshire Women’s for two years.
She is now back coaching the boy’s juniors back where it all began at Henlow Colts as well as playing for Henlow Men’s CC.
Charlotte is a talented coach who was fast tracked to the ECB level 2 coaching qualification by Bedfordshire CC because of the work she was doing with Henlow Colts.
She uses her passion and knowledge to coach in schools and at tournaments all over Hertfordshire as well as at the Andrew Flintoff Cricket Academy across the country!
Natalie Watkins – Pastoral Manager
Natalie is a teacher who has a wonderful manner with both parents and children.
She has worked as both a Manager and Pastoral Manager of our Residential Academies.
‘It is so important for parents to know how well their children will be looked after and feel comfortable leaving them away from home for a few days. We have a great timetable of activities and the facilities at AFCA venues are superb. We are definitely spoilt – in particular at meal times! The AFCA menus are always second to none!’