Your Team UPF

Ian Pont

Ian Pont, M.Ab

Head Coach

Ex first- class cricketer in England (Notts & Essex) & South Africa (Kwa-Zulu Natal). Try-outs with 6 Major League Baseball teams as a pitcher. Olympic qualifying distance javelin thrower. 2nd longest recorded cricket ball throw of all time (126.18m). Founder of UPF and creator of ABSAT fast bowling methodology. Three-time ICC World Cup international coach and double–winning franchise T20 Head Coach.  Coach to Dale Steyn, Shoaib Akhtar, Darren Gough,  plus very many first-class, IPL and other Test & ODI players. Triple author: “The Fast Bowler’s Bible”, “Coaching Youth Cricket” & “Ultimate Pace Secrets”.  Former ECB National Skills Set Coach for Fast Bowling.

Catherine Dalton

Catherine Dalton, M.Ab

Assistant Head Coach

Former England Academy all rounder. Ireland international at ICC T20 World Cup in India 2016.  Middlesex player. First female to score 100 in men’s Two Counties League for Halstead CC and 211* in the ECB Women’s Prem for Finchley CC. International fast bowling coach and world-class expert in technical coaching. Has worked with Test, IPL and first-class players. ABSAT Master Coach (M.Ab). Gained a first class honours degree in Physical and Sport Education (B.A.) from St Mary’s University, Twickenham.

Mark Sheppard

Mark Sheppard

Power & Movement Coach

Founder of Athletic Intelligence. Former Head of Sports Science & Physical Conditioning at London Tennis Centre. Delivers power development for ECB coach education and has worked with England U19s, England Women and various counties. ECB Level 3 & 4 Tutor. Expert in human movement. Current Head S&C coach at Westway Sports Centre, London. Devised Power 2 Perform programme for fast bowlers.