Coaches

Coaches

Head Coach: Olivia Rae

“I’m motivated to make a difference to a player’s all-round game and to help to develop the person, not just the cricketer. I aim to instil confidence in a player to believe in their individual skills and individual character. To have unwavering self-belief. I aspire to help the players I work with to become mentally prepared; to be able to adapt to game situations especially when it’s not going their way. This can also be applied to life. The end result? A happy cricketer who is technically competent, tactically wise and mentally prepared.” (Olivia Rae, 2019)

Photo: Olivia Rae

Qualifications:

  • Level 3 (2014)
  • ECB – Coach Award Level 2 (2009)

CPD:

  • Loughborough Lightning Workshop: Bowling and Strength and Conditioning (2019)

Experience

International

  • Scotland U17 Head Coach (girls)
  • Hong Kong women’s team assistant coach (women and girls)

County/Regional

  • Berkshire County U11’s, U13’s, U15’s, u16 Development, U17’s, EPP and Academy (girls)
  • Berkshire County U17’s Head coach (girls)
  • Middlesex County U11’s coach (girls)
  • East of Scotland Regional Development squad (girls)
  • Durham County u17s (girls)

Club

School


Coach and Head of Analysis: Sebastian Rae

Photo: Sebastian Rae

Qualifications

  • ECB Diploma in Coaching Young People and Adult’s (ongoing)
  • ECB CPD Modules (2016):
    • Coaching Teams
    • Performance & Video Analysis
    • Training Interventions & Methods
  • ECB Coach Development Workshops 1, 2, 4 & 5 (2011)
  • ECB – Coach Award Level 2 (2009)
  • ECB – Coach Award Level 1 (2004)

Experience

County/Regional

  • Inner London Borough U14s & U12s (boys)
  • Durham County U17s & U15s (girls)
  • Durham County (women’s team)

Club

University

School

Awards

  • PWC Voluntary Coach of the Year (Edinburgh University Sports Union)

Head of Strength and Conditioning: Thomas O’ Neill

Qualifications

  • Sports Therapy BSc

Experience

Tom works as a strength and conditioning coach at Durham University and is responsible for the athletic development of Team Durham squads and external partnership clubs. He currently leads on programmes for Durham Palatinates (Basketball) and Durham Wildcats (Football) and has previously worked with Olivia at cricket Scotland developing the under 17 girls and senior women’s team.

“Strength and conditioning is becoming more necessary in cricket as the demands on players increases. For example, bowlers maintaining their pace during a long bowling spell is an asset to any team. Batters who can run aggressively and repetitively between the wickets are essential in tight run chases. Fielders who can save runs through athletic ground fielding and acrobatic catches often affect the game positively.  At Rae Cricket Coaching, we believe in creating physically robust players who can cope with the unique demands of cricket.” (Tom O’Neill, 2019)