Sports Coaching graduate becomes Head Coach of Lancashire Women’s Cricket Team
Studying MSc Sports Coaching in 2013
UCLan MSc Sports Coaching graduate, Atiq-uz Zaman, has joined the world of professional cricket to become Head Coach of Lancashire Women’s Cricket Team at Lancashire County Cricket Club and Sui Southern Gas Company, Pakistan.
Atiq aspired to be an elite level coach in cricket whilst studying a Foundation degree in Sports and Exercise Science. He was recommended to progress on to a master’s course in Sports Coaching and chose to study at UCLan.
After graduating in 2013, Atiq went to Pakistan and worked as a Head Coach with a first-class cricket team called Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC). He then worked in Pakistan Super League (PSL) as a Fielding Coach of Lahore Qalandars, as well as his role as a Fielding Coach with Pakistan Women's Cricket Team. Recently, Atiq worked as a Wicket Keeping Consultant at Pakistan National Cricket Academy, Lahore.
A career in sports
Currently, Atiq splits his time between Lancashire and Pakistan. He works as Head Coach of Lancashire Women’s and Under 19’s teams at Lancashire County Cricket Club. As part of this role, Atiq prepares the players in training sessions for matches to help them achieve their best. He also develops them through pre-match preparation.
Atiq is responsible for selecting the team for the matches where he analyses them during the match and provides feedback. Atiq is particularly proud of the Lancashire Under 19’s team winning the County Championship last season. During his winter break, Atiq continues to work as Head Coach for SSGC in Pakistan.
Reflecting on university life
Atiq has positive memories of his time at UCLan and expressed: “I highly recommend the MA Sports Coaching course as it helped me develop myself as a coach and I really loved the way it's taught by the tutors. My favourite module was Philosophy into Practice. It also created opportunities for me in Pakistan as well as in the UK.”
When asked for advice to give to students and graduates on the same career path, Atiq stated: “Don't be afraid to put your philosophy into practice. Be flexible enough to amend the philosophy but don't compromise it.”