Matchfit Academy is a independent sports coaching business, established by brothers Danny and Ronny Harrison, which has just celebrated its third anniversary. The mission of Matchfit Academy is to provide top quality sports coaching through:
Introductory programs for children aged 3-6 to develop the basic hand-eye coordination and ball skills required for cricket, football and rugby in a fun and friendly environment (MATCHFIT MINIS). The program reflects the seasons: in the autumn and spring terms the focus is on football and rugby, while during the summer we concentrate on cricket.
After school clubs and/or PE lessons run by experienced coaches at Surrey pre-schools and infant, junior and secondary schools (MATCHFIT SCHOOLS).
Specialist individual and small group cricket coaching for boys and girls aged 6-15, including those involved in - or with aspirations to - Performance or County Age Group cricket, at highly competitive rates (MATCHFIT ONE-TO-ONE).
Holiday sports camps, usually in the spring and summer holidays and summer half term at Blackheath CC and themed around cricket (MATCHFIT CAMPS).
Great sports parties, themed on cricket, football or rugby, specially designed to suit your child (MATCHFIT PARTIES).
THE COACHING TEAM
RONNY HARRISON - HEAD COACH
Ronny has been coaching since the age of 14. He coaches in the Performance and Pride of Lions programs for Surrey Cricket, as well as at Cranleigh School, Seaford College, Lanesborough School and Blackheath Cricket Club. He has worked with some of the top coaches in the county. He also has both football and rugby coaching badges and has coached rugby for the Guildford Lions Academy.
DANNY HARRISON - HEAD COACH
Danny has been coaching sport since well before he left school. He is currently on the coaching staff of Surrey Cricket, Lanesborough School and Blackheath Cricket Club. He has also coached cricket abroad, most recently in Peru (including as head coach of the Peruvian national women's team). Danny is also a qualified rugby and football coach and in the winter months has coached football to children in Guatemala, when not involved in the Surrey Performance or Pride of Lions programs.
TOM SELBY - COACH
Tom is a qualified ECB coach and coaches for many cricket clubs in the area including Ewhurst and Cranleigh.
BEN TAYLOR - COACH
Ben is nearing the end of his 3rd summer as an assistant coach at Blackheath, having risen through the age groups himself over the past 14 years. Since achieving his Level 2 coaching qualification with the ECB, he has been involved with both Matchfit and the Club, playing regularly for the 1st and 2nd Men’s sides. His other sporting passions include hockey, ultimate frisbee, and running, which are a routine feature of his university life. Recently, the last of these activities has progressed into marathon training, as he prepares for the postponed Richmond Marathon in early 2021.
PATCH FIELD - COACH
Patch has been coaching at Blackheath Cricket Club since 2019. His cricket journey started in Clapham - 2004, and then moved onto Blackheath in 2009. Patch also has a history of hockey coaching at Guildford Hockey Club.
BEE HARDCASTLE - COACH
Bee played for Ealing Cricket Club from a young age and trained/played at Cranleigh School. Bee taught multi-sports lessons at Danes Hill pre-prep school and is now going into her third year of coaching and instructing sports sessions for Barracudas activity camp. She has also played hockey for the University of Bristol and has run a half marathon, with the hope of completing the full marathon. Bee is very enthusiastic, fun and popular with the kids.