The academy was founded in 2005 by former international cricketer Sid Lahiri as the Parkside Cricket Academy. After more than 10 years of developing young cricketers, we are now The Star Cricket Academy, based at Parkside 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 3 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.

Sid has also achieved great success as the cricket professional at Parkside School, reaching National Finals and winning the Surrey Prep Schools Cup on various occasions. He has also previously been heavily involved with the Surrey County age group programme, taking various squads over the last 7 years.

Tim Handel

Senior Coaching Staff

Tim is an experienced ECB level 2 coach who is in the process of doing his level 3 qualifications. Tim has worked at the academy for the past 4 years, dealing with students of all ages and abilities. For the past 5 years he has played his cricket at Stoke D’Abernon CC, where he was also appointed as club vice captain and 1st team coach. He has now moved to East Molesey CC who were promoted to the Surrey premier league last year and is looking forward to embarking on his first season at a new club. Tim is a highly enthusiastic, energetic coach who has built up a wealth of experience during his time working at the academy.

Tom Tremewan

Senior Coaching Staff

Tom was born in South Africa. He 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 for the last 2 years, and has recently joined the team at the academy.


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.


Jamie Mann

Coaching Staff

Jamie is an experienced ECB Level 2 coach, who started working for Star Academy in June 2017. Jamie has recently graduated from University with a first class degree in Sport Coaching BSc, which along with his significant and varied experiences within cricket coaching, has aided his development working with all ages and ability levels.

Jamie currently plays 1st XI cricket for Walton-on-Thames CC, in the Surrey Championship and has been lucky enough in the past to play club cricket abroad in Australia and New Zealand as well as street cricket in India and in Sri Lanka!