Chris Johnson

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I've coached cricket for over 35 years, having originally qualified under the MCC Coaching Scheme and currently work in several schools as well as at Henley Cricket Club and, of course, for Performance Cricket.

I have tended to concentrate on coaching 6 to 10 year olds and was one of very few cricket coaches providing specialist cricket coaching for this age group back in the 1970's. I believe cricket should at all times be fun and aim to install a love of the game in players which will make them want to play more, practice more and thereby improve their playing ability.

My aim, as a cricket coach, is quite simply turning kids into cricketers. Hopefully over the years I have succeeded with this a few times!

More recently, I have specialised in helping older children make the transition from junior to adult cricket. This is an area which I see as being neglected by many clubs and one of my favourite parts of being a coach is witnessing young players (who I may have known and coached for several years) taking their first tentative steps in proper league cricket.

Another is seeing or hearing of, people that I remember coaching, who are still playing and enjoying the game many years later.

Still an active cricketer, I have vast playing experience from representative levels downwards and encompassing all levels of club cricket.