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  • Andy Hobday

    “It's your session: I will be there to guide, nurture and let you grow as a player. We will also have some fun along the way!”

    Joined the Serious Sport Group in 2006 to launch the coaching side of the company. As that took off he has now progressed on to become our Cricket Centre Manager and oversees the seamless running of our Sports HQ. When not at work he can often be found in the golf pro shop looking for the latest gadget to enhance his game!

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  • Richard Hindley

    “My sessions are fun, interesting and player centered. You may leave tired having worked hard but it will be worth it!”

    As our Head Coach and with Professional playing experience under his belt, Richard co-ordinates the coaching at Serious Cricket.  He looks after all the programmes at our Cricket Centre or externally at the many schools, clubs, district associations and county teams we work with.

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  • Steve Oliphant

    “My main objective is to help people understand how to become more accomplished and confident in themselves.”

    ‘Olly’ is a key part of our coaching team working with players in a group and one to one environments. If he isn’t doing that he can often be found as a spare pair of hands in our retail outlet, busy warehouse, or even helping out behind our bar!

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  • Simon Hammond

    “I aim to deliver an enjoyable, high quality player centered activity with clear goals.”
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  • Neil Rider

    “Coaching is the art of making any type of player better, whilst having fun at the same time. The more you put in the more you get out.”

    Neil is the founder and MD of the Serious Sport Group, but started coaching when he was just 16. With a deep passion to share his knowledge and improve others, he went on to become one of the youngest ECB Level 3 Coaches, and having spent several years coaching various County age group sides, he then spent 5 years as Assistant Coach to the England Womens Team. Although he rarely 'hands on' coaches now, he is always around to help support the coaching team at Serious Cricket when required and enjoys adding his input to enhance our ever growing coaching programme!

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  • Ian Simpson

    “I am a strong believer in working hard, having lots of fun while training, resulting in learning and developing skills. ”
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  • Jordan Finney

    “My aim is always to help people understand the way they play, resulting in them getting the most out of themselves.”
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  • Andy Hobday

    Andy Hobday

    ECB Level three coach
    ECB coach education tutor and assessor
    Head coach for Women's Super 4's team
    Head coach for Hampshire Women's county team
    Head coach for Hampshire CCC junior squads

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  • Richard Hindley

    Richard Hindley

    ECB Level three coach
    ECB coach education tutor and assessor
    Head coach for Hampshire CCC junior squads
    Head coach for Hampshire district squads
    Former Hampshire Cricket Board community coach

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  • Steve Oliphant

    Steve Oliphant

    ECB Level three coach
    Head coach for Hampshire CCC junior squads
    Head coach for St Cross Symondians 1st X1
    District scout

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  • Simon Hammond

    Simon Hammond

    ECB Level 2 Coach
    ECB Coach Education Tutor and Assessor
    NVQ A1 Assessor for the Hampshire Academy
    HCB Community Coach
    HCB Boy/Girls District Squad Coach
    Bedales School Coach

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  • Neil Rider

    Neil Rider

    ECB Level three coach
    ECB coach education tutor
    Head coach for Hampshire, Leicestershire, Suffolk and Berkshire county junior squads
    Manager and assistant coach of the England Women's team between 2003 - 2007

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  • Ian Simpson

    Ian Simpson

    ECB Level Two Coach
    North Hants District Coach
    Head Coach HNBCC
    Former Coach Hampshire Disability Incredible Team

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  • Jordan Finney

    Jordan Finney

    Cove CC Head Coach (Current)
    Former Hampshire Junior Squads Assistant Coach
    NHCDA Junior Squads Assistant Coach
    Hampshire North Region Disability Coach
    Former Hampshire Community Coach

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