About

The academy was founded in 2005 by former representative cricketer Sid Lahiri. After more than 10 years of developing young cricketers as The Star Cricket Academy, we are now the Rajasthan Royals Academy based at Reed’s School in Cobham. We have an emphasis on developing the individual skill level of each player, using top quality coaching, equipment and facilities.

Meet the team…

The academy is supported by 5 full time coaching staff, and several other coaching and support staff:

Sid Lahiri

Academy Director

Sid is the head coach and founder of the academy and is an ECB Level 3 coach. Sid played representative cricket in India as an opening batsman for 11 years before moving to the UK. During his playing career he was fortunate enough to play alongside many distinguished cricketers. Sid is vastly experienced as a coach.He has helped many of his students play and excel in various County age group squads in Surrey and the surrounding Counties. Many of his students are now playing professional cricket at various counties. Sid is also one of the lead coaches at the The Royals Institute of Sport, Nagpur, India.

Sid has also previously been heavily involved with the Surrey County age group programme, taking various squads over the last 7 years.


Tom Tremewan

Senior Coaching Staff

Tom was born in South Africa, and started developing his cricket with the Limpopo Province Cricket Academy in Polokwane. He emigrated to the UK in 2003, at the age of 13, where he played colts cricket locally before joining Guildford Cricket Club in 2008. Tom has played 1st XI cricket in the Surrey Premier league, enjoying the role of opening the batting.

Tom has a UKCC Level 2 Coaching Certificate, and is working towards his level 3. He has worked for Surrey County Cricket Club and on West District courses between 2008-2011.

A member of the team at the academy for the last 7 years, Tom is one of our senior coaches and wprks with students of all standards, from club level to county age group standard. Tom is passionate about his coaching and works hard with his students to achieve the best outcomes.


Derek Agge

Senior Coaching Staff
Derek holds an ECB UKCC Level 2 qualification and is a very experienced player and coach. He has played senior cricket at Normandy CC, Godalming CC, Farncombe CC and Brook CC.

More recently, Derek has focused on coaching and player development, including coaching the England Deaf Cricket Team. Derek was lead coach at Godalming Cricket Club for 12 years, coaching both Colts and Senior teams. More recently, Derek has been coaching at Brook CC.

Derek is a left-arm spinner and powerful middle-order batsman.


Matthew Cussans

Senior Coaching Staff

Matt is an experienced UKCC Level 2 coach who is working towards his Level 3 qualification. He was head coach of the Surrey CC U9s for 14 years, coaching the county squads and district teams, and was Head of Cricket at St George’s Junior School for 3 years.

Matt is an opening batsman who has played cricket in the Surrey Premier League for Guildford CC and Weybridge CC, enjoying cricket tours to Trinidad and Tobago, and Barbados during that time.


Matt Packham

Senior Coaching Staff

Matt is an experienced Level 2 cricket coach who has coached boys and girls of all ages. He has played a high level of cricket, representing the Sussex 2XI. Matt is a leg spin bowler and has been coached by Shane Warne in recent years. Matt is a very enthusiastic coach and is always looking to help and improve players abilities in every aspect of the game.