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Our Coaches

Richard Hindley - Head Coach

"MY SESSIONS ARE FUN, INTERESTING AND PLAYER CENTERED. YOU MAY LEAVE TIRED HAVING WORKED HARD BUT IT WILL BE WORTH IT"

Richard 'Hinders' Hindley brings a wealth of professional playing experience and a deep passion for the game to his role as Head Coach at Serious Cricket.

With an impressive coaching portfolio spanning over 20 years, Richard coordinates and oversees coaching programs both at our Cricket Centre and externally across various schools, clubs, district associations and county teams.

Recognisable as the face of our cricketing content on our social channels, Hinders embodies the spirit of cricket through his coaching expertise and engaging presence.


Coaching Credentials:

  • ECB Level 3 Coach
  • ECB Coach Education Tutor and Assessor
  • 20+ years of coaching experience

Steve Oliphant

"MY MAIN OBJECTIVE IS TO HELP PEOPLE UNDERSTAND HOW TO BECOME MORE ACCOMPLISHED AND CONFIDENT IN THEMSELVES.”

Steve ‘Olly’ Oliphant is a key member of our coaching team and has a comprehensive understanding of both the technical and strategic aspects of cricket. He strives to create a positive and dynamic learning environment for players of all abilities. 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!


Coaching Credentials:

  • ECB Level 3 Coach
  • 20+ years of coaching experience

Simon Hammond

“I AIM TO DELIVER AN ENJOYABLE, HIGH-QUALITY PLAYER-CENTERED ACTIVITY WITH CLEAR GOALS.”

Simon Hammond is a seasoned cricket coach who brings over twenty years of coaching wisdom to the cricketing community. Simon's coaching journey has been enriched by his experiences as a former community coach with Hampshire and his role as a Coach Educator. His passion for the game is matched only by his dedication to nurturing cricket talent and imparting his knowledge to those who are eager to learn. 


Coaching Credentials:

  • ECB Level 2 Coach
  • ECB Coach Education Tutor and Assessor
  • NVQ A1 Assessor for the Hampshire Academy
  • 20+ years of coaching experience

Kieran Connell

“I AIM TO HAVE PLAYERS WALKING OUT MORE KNOWLEDGEABLE AND CONFIDENT AFTER FUN AND ENTERTAINING PLAYER-CENTRED SESSIONS .”

The youngest member of the coaching team, by some considerable distance you might say. Kieran started in the shop helping everyone with their equipment needs and now he can be found on the other side of the centre working in the arena and net lanes as well. Kieran's coaching journey is in its early stages but like a fine wine, he is maturing nicely. He is a man of many talents, one of which is a goalkeeper so if you have a session with him you will be in safe hands!


Coaching Credentials:

  • ECB Level 2 Coach/Core Coach
  • ECB Support Coach
  • 3+ Years Coaching Experience

Ian Simpson

“I AM A STRONG BELIEVER IN WORKING HARD AND HAVING LOTS OF FUN WHILE TRAINING, RESULTING IN LEARNING AND DEVELOPING SKILLS.”

As a player, a club coach, or a district coach, Ian has been a part of the cricket centre for as long as we have been here in Dummer Dummer. He is an enthusiastic coach who loves coaching and helping players. We are not sure who will talk more in the session, you or Ian, but the one thing we do know is that you will have a fun learning experience.


Coaching Credentials:

  • ECB Level 2 Coach
  • 20+ years of coaching experience

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