Inspiring sports coaching for boys and girls aged 7-16


Cricket Coaches

Paul Nixon

Paul Nixon is one of cricket’s true legends, ‘Nico’ enjoyed a glittering career representing Cumberland, the MCC, Kent, Delhi Giants, Leicestershire and England. His 23-year cricket career saw him lift three T20 titles and two County Championships for Leicestershire, whilst also becoming Club Captain and a fans’ favourite in the process. Paul was also part of the Natwest Pro40 title winning team with Kent in 2001.

In 2007, at the age of 36, Paul was called in to the England squad and represented his country at T20 and One-Day International level, winning a series against Australia and New Zealand, before starring in the World Cup in the West Indies. Nixon retired from the game in 2011 after leading Leicestershire to the T20 title and a place in the Champions League T20 qualifying stage.

Martin Speight

Former Sussex and Durham County cricketer Martin Speight played top class cricket for 15 years as a right-handed batsman and wicketkeeper, in a career that saw him score over 9,000 First Class runs and 5,000 One Day runs. Since retiring, Martin has developed a prestigious coaching career as a level 3 professional coach, with 9 years as Head Coach at South Northumberland CC where he helped to develop arguably one of the best amateur cricket clubs in the country; winning three National Club competitions and in 2010 becoming the first club to reach both National Club Finals. 

Martin has also coached age group teams and elite wicketkeepers at Durham CCC, is currently Head Coach at the prestigious Sedbergh School in Yorkshire, and has led his age group teams to nine National Finals days in both the T20 and 40 over formats.

Simon Jones

Simon Jones MBE played internationally for England as a right-arm fast-medium bowler and left-handed tail-end batsman. Simon was an important member of England's triumphant Ashes-winning team in 2005, and he took an enviable 18 wickets at 21 in four Tests. He also played county cricket for Glamorgan, Worcestershire, and Hampshire and was Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 2006.

Other coaches

Star coaches will be joined by a team of other top level players and coaches, with details to be confirmed as the start of the academy nears.

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Picture of Cricket with Martin Speight at St. Edward's School, Oxford (Summer, 3 Days)

Cricket with Martin Speight at St. Edward's School, Oxford (Summer, 3 Days)

8th - 10th August 2017, St. Edward's School, Oxford

The Cricket Academy provides an inspiring opportunity for youth players aged 7-16 to be coached by Martin Speight, on of the country’s leading coaches and players, to gain an understanding of what top level cricket is like and the techniques which are employed.