Dan (Head Coach)
Dan has vast experience playing and coaching in the UK and overseas. He spent 3 years in Australia coaching at a highly regarded cricketing school and for representative age group teams. Here he was mentored and worked closely with Ian Moran (Big Bash Winner, Sydney Sixers). Dan has coached players who are starting out all the way up to international level, such as Austin Waugh and most recently Liam Scott (Australia 19's WC2020). Since returning to Maidstone he has qualified as a level 2 coach, and is aiming at level 3 in the near future. Last summer he spent time helping with the Kent under 17's squad.
His experience has taught him that no matter what the standard of player; the best way to engage learning is through excitement, visible and challenging progression whilst never overcomplicating the game. Dan believes instinct plays a massive role in performing all sports, and training should allow for that instinct to come out in competitive situations. His methods of coaching and his passion for learning the sport is infectious.
George (Head Coach)
George has gained a variety of experience through both coaching and playing cricket at a variety of levels. Alongside regularly playing for Leeds and Broomfield, he was a product of the Kent youth academy for 6 years, and has also represented Loughborough University. During his career, he has been coached by former England internationals including James Tredwell, Martin McCague and Geraint Jones, as well as various other coaches who have had involvement in various county sides.
George is a qualified Level 2 coach and specialises in making subtle but effective changes to an individual’s technique whether that be batting, bowling or fielding. Tailoring the game towards the individual is the best path for success for all cricketers.
ED (Head coach)
Ed is a young coach who aims to grow each individual's game with fresh and modern ideas. He specialises in calypso-style batting and spin bowling. Ed played for Kent throughout his junior career and knows what it takes to reach the next level. His energy for cricket and coaching is infectious, which makes him a fond member of the calypso team amongst all junior players!
Tom is an experienced Level 2 coach who absolutely loves giving back to the game that has served him so well. A former professional cricketer for Hampshire, Middlesex and Kent, Tom has been through the many ups and downs of coming through the cricketing system, and is keen to share his experiences with youngsters who are looking to progress their game at any level. Specialising in seam bowling and cricketing mindset, Tom has worked with a number of youngsters across the county to help them improve their game including current Kent Academy players. The main thing Tom tries to do is make people enjoy the game, usually by letting his students smack his bowling around at the end of a net session. Unfortunately his batting is more catastrophic rather than Calypso.
Ben ( or Jono to his friends) has years of experience coaching and leading boys and girls from Under 9 age group cricket, all the way to Under 18 squads. He plays his cricket at Bearsted CC and prides himself on being a vocal and energetic member of the calypso team. In his playing career, he worked with Paul Farbrace in the Kent Academy set-up and benefitted from input from coaches at the top of the English game. Although a coaching all-rounder, Jono specialises in spin bowling, with emphasis on rhythm and fluidity to achieve optimum cricketing performance. He is a level 2 ECB coach and will be working towards level 3 in the near future. Before the ‘Covid Debacle’, this Lee Evans lookalike flew airliners....so you’re in safe hands!
From learning the game at Leeds and Broomfield; to a season playing grade cricket in Perth; to working at the MCC Academy at Lords, Max's coaching is fed by a variety of cricketing experiences. Following on from his playing style, Max specialises in batting and spin bowling.
At Lords he enjoyed the opportunity to observe first hand how International stars like Virat Kohli, Kane Williamson and Sarah Taylor improved their own games on a day to day basis; as well as how their own coaches approached the task of improving the skills of elite athletes.
In Perth he was charged with developing his own game, and adapting to some very different conditions. This has helped his understanding of how different types of player can approach any given situation.
Having been lucky enough to learn from the likes of Martin McCague, Tom Moody and Rick Parsons along the way, Max is keen to pass on everything he's learned to ensure the talent on board at Calypso is allowed to develop to its full potential, while ensuring as many as possible enjoy the game long into adulthood as he does himself.
Sam has plenty of experience playing and coaching within the UK. He has coached at the Central Cavaliers for 4 years. Sam is also a PE teacher at Sir Joseph Williamsons Mathematical School, coaching with the likes of Geraint Jones (Ashes 2005 winner) and Calum Macleod (Scotland International) when helping to deliver the cricket programme there. Sam is a qualified Level 2 cricket coach and has experience coaching a range of kids from 7-18 year olds.
Sam can offer coaching for batting, bowling and keeping, having done all 3 within the Kent League. His passion is ensuring that all kids, from varying cricketing experience, leave cricket sessions having had a fun and engaging time.
Matt has accumulated a wide range of experience having grown up playing and coaching cricket in South Africa. He is a qualified CSA Level 2 coach with eight years of coaching experience and has coached players across a wide range of ages and abilities, both in the UK and South Africa. During his time playing for the Dolphins Academy and the KZN Inland teams, Matt had the opportunity to learn from, as well as train with, a variety of former international and county level players such as Ahmed Amla, Yusuf Abdulla and current Scotland head coach, Shane Burger. These experiences have allowed him to develop an understanding of how to play in different conditions and situations.
Matt currently plays for The Mote Cricket Club in Maidstone. He is excited to develop the abundance of natural talent of our local players through a combination of passion for the game, hard work and enjoyment.