Our Team

Duncan Norris

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England Delegate to the World Indoor Cricket Federation

Duncan trained at Loughborough University in Physical Education, Sports Science and Recreation Management, graduating in 1990. A 20 year career in sports management led to the acquisition of Action Indoor Sports UK in 2009. His investment into indoor cricket has been significant, directing the National and International framework for England since 2013. Duncan has led the England squads into 6 World Cups: South Africa 2013, New Zealand 2014, Birmingham 2016, Dubai 2017, England’s first Junior World Series in New Zealand 2018 and also played in the Masters World Series in South Africa 2019.

Anish Patel

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Role: Coach

Anish studied at Loughborough University, completing a BSc in Sports Technology and a second BSc in Sports Management. As well as being previously a semi-professional outdoor player and England Indoor Captain, Anish has been passionate about the indoor format since the age of 16. Now with over 50 England caps (many as captain) Anish is a great asset behind the development of many of our young players with his experience from international leadership in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018,2019. Most recently Anish captained the exciting squad that played in the Dubai Tri-Series in March 2022.

ECB Level 2/3 Coach.

Kieran Cooke

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Role: Coach

Kieran brings a First Class Honours degree in Sport & Exercise Science and a Masters in Research in Sports Biomechanics, along with 10 years of cricket coaching and administration experience. In outdoor cricket, Kieran coaches on the pathway with Derbyshire County Cricket Club. In 2018, Kieran was head coach for the 13&U squad in New Zealand, where the boys performed fantastically well but narrowly missed out in the semi-final (by one run!).

Kieran has brought an enormous energy and strength to junior indoor cricket across the boys age groups. 

 

ECB Level 2 Coach.

Neeta Patel

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Coach & Safeguarding Officer

Neeta has been hugely committed to the development of female cricketers both indoors and outdoors, for over 20 years. She was a coach with Leicestershire CCC for most of this time and has coached England Indoor Squads at every World Cup since 2011. She possesses the ECB level 2 coaching qualification as well as the Club Coach Award. Neeta is the team’s most qualified and experienced safe-guarding officer.

ECB Level 2 Coach.

Russell Cobb

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Coach

Russell brings a wealth of 30 years cricket experience as a professional player, captain and coach (Leicestershire CCC, Northern Transvaal). Russell is currently Head Coach of MCCU Loughborough, and has supported the indoor England squads at 3 World Cups (South Africa 2011, New Zealand 2014 and Dubai 2017). Russell’s experience playing and working with first class cricketers, as well as running the Loughborough MCCU scheme brings world class management, preparation and coaching to our team.

ECB Level 4 Coach.

Dave Brown

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Coach

Dave has been an ECB Level 2 coach for 19 years and has contributed hugely to the development of young players in Staffordshire. Formerly the Staffordshire Under 10 County & District Coach, Junior club coach at Dunstall and Staffordshire skill set lead in Wicket Keeping and Fielding. With so much experience to offer (and still a quality opening batsman and seam bowler), Dave is a now focusing his time purely into the indoor format. Invaluable experience was gained in New Zealand 2018 where Dave acted as an Assistant Coach to the 13 and Under squad, who performed so brilliantly on their first outing on the world stage. Since then he has coached successful Super League teams, represented England over 35s in Cape Town in October 2019 and more recently in the Dubai Tri-Series s 2022. Dave will be preparing and managing the Men's squad for the 2022 world Cup in Australia. 

ECB Level 2 Coach.

Charles Harrison

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Coach

Charles is the newest member of the AICE Coaching team and will be taking a leading role in the Girls development programme and Coach a squad in the 2023 Junior World Series in South Africa.

He has a wealth of experience in Women's and Girls Cricket and is currently the head coach of Oxfordshire Women's CCC and Under 17 Girls Team. Charles is also the Academy Director and Head Coach at J & G Meakins Academy as well as still being involved with coaching at Staffordshire CCC. 

ECB Level 3 Coach.

Craig Mcdonough

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Coach

Offering the team more indoor playing and coaching World Cup experience than any other, Craig excelled as a player in the 1990’s with over 20 national titles and 7 international caps, playing the game with the likes of Mike Gatting, Asif Din, Gladstone Small and Tim Munton. As a coach, Craig has a unique style and focus on the detail of indoor tactics and skill development that is most valuable at the highest level. He coached the last England team to beat Australia (2007 in Bristol) and also the 40&O squad that turned New Zealand over in 2016. 

Robert Shead

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Coach

Rob has had a long standing involvement in the indoor game at domestic, national and international level.

As General manager of Treetops at Ridings, Rob has been developing some great talent in Derbyshire for the last 6 years. Rob captained Treetops for several years in the National League played for England Men in Wellington during the 2017 World Cup.

ECB Level 2 Coach.

Chris Guest

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Consultant Coach

Chris has a degree in Physical Education and PG Dip in Personal and Professional Development. He was a player for Worcestershire and Northamptonshire, as well as fielding coach for England Women and Coaching Assistant for Derbyshire County Cricket Club. Chris has represented England indoors at the World Cup in Australia in 2009 (6 caps) and most recently also as Coach of the 17&U squad in New Zealand 2018. He is now the Regional Talent Manager for England & Wales Cricket Board. Chris is ideally placed to develop EPP players for elite performance.

ECB Level 4 Coach.

Finlay Moore

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Coach

Finlay brings youth and enthusiasm to the team and in the short time he has been involved has made a huge difference to AICE through online platforms. He also brings with him experience from on the court, having played in the 2018 Junior World Series in Christchurch for the 17 & Under Boys and most recently managed the 16 and Under Boys in the Dubai Tri-Series against UAE and South Africa.

 

ECB Level 2 Coach. 

Aaron Watson

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Coach

Aaron has an exceptional coaching CV working with a plethora of sides. His most recent work has seen him coaching at Sussex CCC on the Pathway and Academy structures. He has also been working as the Assistant Fast Bowling Coach to the professional side alongside James Kirtley. Day to day Aaron is a PE and Games teacher at Eastbourne College. 

Aaron is now part of the England Men's Management team after playing in the Men's squad against Sri Lanka. He  also played for the Over 35's Squad in the Masters World Series 2019 in Cape Town and in the Dubai Tri-Series in March 2022. 

ECB Level 3 Coach.

Navin Patel

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Developement Coach Award (NZ)

Nav Patel has played in 14 First Class and 8 List A Cricket fixtures for Central District Stags in New Zealand. He was the non-travelling reserve for the Under 19 New Zealand team for the outdoor World Cup.

Fortunately he now plays for the England Men's Indoor Squad after playing in the 2014 and 2017 World Cups for New Zealand and produced some outstanding performances in the recent Tri-Series in Dubai.

Nav is now the overseas Pro and Director of Junior Cricket at Preston Nomads Cricket Club. He will be assisting Aaron in helping develop all AICE players with their bowling. 

AICE is also supported by a trusted Health, Medical and
Rehabilitation Team that have in depth understanding of
their specialty alongside hands on experience of the
demands of our sport and tournament formats.

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Dr Rak Patel MBChB, MRCGP, DRCOG

England Tour Doctor

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Ben Lapworth MOst

Registered Osteopath

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Fran Baldwin BScANutr

England Nutritionist

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Steve Allen

MScDip

Head Physiotherapist

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Stacey Plant BSc MSST

Senior Sports Therapist