improving performance

with Simon Willis, one of England’s leading high-performance coaches

Fledglings Cricket
Simon Willis

The aim of Fledglings Cricket is to create a learning environment, which enables players and coaches to develop their individual skills and techniques to the highest possible standard.

Our philosophy is simple. The same proven techniques that we teach to top professionals can be applied to players and coaches at all levels - from complete beginners to seasoned pros. Whatever your age or ability the principles we teach will improve your performance.

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  • "I owe a lot to Simon over the years, he has had a great impact on my career. From a technical point of view, he really helped me drill the basics of batting and wicket keeping which even now I hold as extremely important. The ways in which he constantly challenged these helped me improve as a player greatly. The biggest impact I think Simon has had on me was from a self-awareness and mental standpoint. Self-awareness of you as a person, what your strengths are, and awareness of weaknesses are what help you continually progress as a player and as a person."

    Sam Billings

    England, Bangla Tigers, Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Daredevils, Islamabad United, Kandahar Knights, Kent, Northern Warriors, Sydney Thunder & Sydney Sixers

  • "I worked with Simon from the age of 13-18 where some of this time was on the Academy at Kent when he was Academy Director and batting coach. They were the years in my career where in my opinion I improved the most and was a big part in why I turned into a professional cricketer. The Academy experience was a great environment for learning and improving, Simon especially had a great eye for technique and knew my game very well, he was a big part of why I improved during that time."

    Zak Crawley

    England & Kent

  • "Simon was one of my first ever coaches to work with on a 1:1 basis. One of his best qualities was understanding what worked for me and areas that would improve my game that may not have necessarily worked for others. That is in my opinion one of the most important qualities within a coach and that’s why I have always used Simon throughout my career if something doesn’t quite feel right and I know he has many players that would do the same. He certainly has the eye for spotting talent and giving individuals a real chance to step up to the next level which is why he was a massive part of Kent Cricket and the development of so many of the home-grown talent that is still on show today."

    Joe Denly

    England, Barisal Burners, Brothers Christopherson, Brothers Union, Brisbane Heat, Dhaka Platoon, Karachi Kings, Kent, Kolkata Knight Riders, Middlesex, Multan Sultans, Sydney Sixers & Sylhet Sixers

  • "Simon is easily one of the most hard-working individuals I have had the privilege to work with. His astute knowledge in cricket and skills development is second to none. His easy-going nature and amicable attitude make it all the easier to endure the hard yards he puts one through. It isn’t every day that you come across personalities with a diverse sporting background and thorough understanding of the human anatomy, especially when it comes to high performance and skill development. Simon is one such talent. I look forward to seeing him continue to produce ace athletes in the years to come."

    Angelo Matthews

    Sri Lanka, Basnahira Greens, Basnahira North, Brothers Union, Colts Cricket Club, Delhi Daredevils, Kolkata Knight Riders & Pune Warriors

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