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John Barclay, DL
Director of Cricket and Coaching

John Barclay handed over Presidency of M.C.C. to Christopher Martin-Jenkins MBE in October 2010

John Barclay
was born in 1954 in Bonn, West Germany, the son of a diplomat.  A highly successful schoolboy cricketer at Eton, he first played for Sussex at the age of 16.  Two years later he joined the Sussex staff as a promising all-rounder, going on to captain the county from 1981 until 1986 when he retired.


He has also managed several England touring sides:
1993 – England U19 Tour Manager to Sri Lanka. 
1994 England ‘A’ team Tour Manager to India and Bangladesh. 
1995/6 – England Tour Assistant Manager to Ray Illingworth in SA.
1996 – World Cup in India and Pakistan.
1996/7 – England Tour Manager to Zimbabwe and New Zealand.

John was a member of the MCC Committee for several years and President of MCC in 2009-10. For five years, he chaired the E.C.B. Cricket Coaches Association and, today, he is Director of Sussex Cricket Ltd and President of the English Schools Cricket Association. The majority of his time, however, is spent at Arundel where he is Director of Cricket and Coaching for the Arundel Castle Cricket Foundation. He is able to give young people from all parts of the country, some of them disabled or partially sighted and most of them from inner city areas, the chance to broaden their education and enhance their lives through cricket and coaching.  To date, more than 300,000 youngsters have benefited from the scheme.

After Dinner and Motivational Speaking
John is a renowned after-dinner speaker and has led many seminars and discussion groups in leadership, teamwork and management, always taken from his own personal experiences as a player/manager and coach. For details of his speaking engagements, please contact John Barclay on  01903 882602.

Publications
John has also published four books, The Appeal of the Championship: Sussex in the Summer of 1981 (2002), Life Beyond the Airing Cupboard (2008), Lost in the Long Grass (2013) and Team Mates (2016) Fairfield Books, Bath.  To find out more, click here