Surrey County Cricket Club’s Performance Department is responsible for talent identification and the development of young cricketers within the county.
The primary focus of the programme is to promote the highest quality of performance on an individual and team basis in order to develop cricketers to play for Surrey and England.
Some of the cricketers to have emerged through the Surrey County Cricket Club Academy and Performance Programme in recent years include Rory Burns, Ollie Pope and Jason Roy.
Our department oversees Performance Courses, District Cricket, County Age Group (CAG) cricket from which the most talented of these cricketers progress into the Emerging Players Programme.
15 graduates of the pathway are currently part of Surrey’s County Cricket Club’s professional staff.
MEET THE TEAM
Gareth Townsend (Academy Director)
I oversee the entire performance department with responsibility for the talent identification and player pathway for Surrey County Cricket Club. I am a Level Four ECB coach and was formerly a professional cricketer with Somerset.
One reason I love working for Surrey: The Club are committed to developing home grown talent.
Matthew Spriegel (Performance Manager)
My role includes overseeing the U14 & U15 programmes and building relationships with clubs and schools. I played for Surrey between 2008 and 2012. Since retiring in 2014, I’ve gained a Sports Science degree and am now in the process of completing my Level 4 ECB Qualification.
One reason I love working for Surrey: I played for Surrey from the age of 9, and apart from a couple of years away, I have been associated with the club for nearly 25 years. I am very proud to have the job I have, helping young cricketers fulfil their potential.
Tom Benge (Performance Manager)
My role encompasses management and delivery of all aspects of Surrey’s Performance Pathway. I am an ECB Level Four qualified coach, and have a first class degree and post-graduate diploma.
One reason I love working for Surrey: Watching and helping players develop from a young age to adulthood, through our pathway and into professional and international cricket.
Jeremy Greaves (Centres & Performance Manager)
As well as managing the Ken Barrington Centre & Surrey Cricket Centre in Guildford, I provide one-to-one sessions to the general public. I am also lead coach for the U13 boys performance group, lead on fielding and wicket keeping across the pathway and coach on the academy and girls pathway. I am working towards my ECB Level 4 qualification.
One reason I love working for Surrey: I am working in an industry and sport that I love. Nothing beats that!
Katherine Robson (Centres Administrator and Girls Performance Age Groups Co-Ordinator)
I administrate the day-to-day running of both The Surrey Cricket Centre, Guildford and the Ken Barrington Centre at The Kia Oval. I also oversee the Girls Performance programmes from U10s – U17s. I am currently working towards my Level 3 ECB qualification.
One reason I love working for Surrey: Everyone who works for Surrey is passionate about what they do. We’re in a unique position to see players develop through our pathway not just as cricketers but as people.
Archie Ogden (Pathways Strength & Conditioning Coach)
I oversee the strength & conditioning programmes for the pathway and academy. I have previously worked at Northamptonshire County Cricket Club and have an MSc in Strength & Conditioning.
One reason I love working for Surrey: The history of the Club and The Kia Oval.
Paul Steele (Physiotherapist)
I manage the provision of physiotherapy and injury prevention for both professional and pathway squads. I am a Chartered Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and currently studying for a Masters degree in sports physiotherapy at the University of Bath.
One reason I love working for Surrey: Working at one of the most iconic sporting venues in the world alongside a great group of people.
Julie Blackwood (Sport Psychologist)
I provide sport psychology support to the Academy with the aims of enhancing performance, developing key skills and supporting wellbeing. I’m a Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society and a Health and Care Professions Council Registered Practitioner Psychologist. I hold Master’s degrees in Psychology of Sport & Exercise and Psychological Studies.
One reason I love working for Surrey: Being surrounded by people who are hugely passionate about what they do, and the way I’ve been welcomed into the Surrey family.
Harry Short (Performance Administrator)
I oversee the administration of the entire pathway programme for both boys and girls programmes, including organising the fixture calendar and performance winter training schedule.
One reason I love working for Surrey: Growing up, I loved watching Surrey as much as I could so it’s great that I can now call The Kia Oval ‘my office’.