Your Team UPF

Ian Pont

Ian Pont

Head Coach

Former 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 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”.

Catherine Dalton

Catherine Dalton

Assistant Head Coach

Former England Academy all rounder. Represented Ireland at the ICC T20 World Cup in India 2016.  Current first-class Middlesex player. First female to score 100 in men’s Two Counties League. International fast bowling coach and world-class expert in technical coaching. Has worked with Test, IPL and first-class players. 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.

Amanda Owens

Sports Psychology

Former International and GB Tennis player, now excelling as a world-leading sports psychologist across Olympic Sport, International Football & Premiership sides Southampton FC & Liverpool FC, Athletics and International Cricket, International Rugby, (England & Scotland RFU) & International Tennis ATP/WTA players. Former psychology advisory panel committee member British Olympic Association (BOA). Heads up Believe Consultancy.