John Stanworth – England Women’s Performance Programme Head Coach (ECB)

July 20, 2020

Lancashire Cricket Academy Director to England Women’s Academy Head Coach: The finding of Jimmy Anderson; Talent identification; Developing self belief; Making critical decisions and how Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff got his nick name are all covered in this great conversation.

Stanny is a former Lancashire wicket-keeper and coach, and believes the experience and knowledge he gained in the development of the successful Academy at Emirates Old Trafford after becoming its founding director in 2002 is proving invaluable in his role with England women’s Academy.

Stanny it truly an exceptional and experienced developer of cricket talent. He said about his time at Lancashire

“It was a case of getting systems in place so we could identify talent and then find the best ways of allowing that talent to develop, to the point where the players were ready to contribute for Lancashire and hopefully then go on to play international cricket,”

Stanny has regularly been namechecked by players from Andrew Flintoff to Haseeb Hameed as a key figure in their development.

This is such an insightful and honest account of his journey and how he navigated the challenges and opportunities he faced both in cricket and life.

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Success Quote or sayings:


  • The importance and value of making people feel good about themselves


Quick fire questions:

The books that you would recommend.

Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone To Take Action by Simon Sinek  

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell

One Goal by Bill Beswick

Technology I use often

My Ipad

The Game is the teacher so moved away from too much analysis

How do I prepare to be the best version of myself…

Keeping physically active (especially recently during health issues)

Do my homework so am knowledgeable and prepared


In one sentence – What advice would you give to your teenage version of yourself?

Don’t bull shit yourself! Don’t kid yourself!


Who has made a big impact on you?

Bob Blair (Former New Zealand Cricketer)

Bill Beswick


Whos’ Sport Story would you be really interested in hearing?

Mohammed Ali



Coaching questions I would like to pose:


When and how does your self-doubt get in your way?


What is your measure of success?


Contact info:

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