Steven Sylvester is a familiar face at Lord’s having previously been the Club’s psychologist between 2010 and 2013. His strong ties with Middlesex CCC began in the early 90’s when he played a handful of games for Middlesex as a left arm bowler. The new two and a half year deal means that he will be looking after this area of the Club until at least the end of the 2018 county season.
Angus Fraser, the Managing Director of Cricket at Middlesex CCC, and ex-teammate of Steven, said: “Having Steven back involved is great news for everyone at the Club. During his previous stint here he was extremely popular with the players and support staff.
“The modern game, which involves high levels of expectation, low tolerance and the ability of anybody to have a view on how well someone performs places current players under greater stress than when I was young. To combat this you need to employ good people and Steven is very good at his job. He has his own way of doing things, which is something I enjoy.
“Steven’s role will once again cover the development and care of both individuals and the team. He brings energy and experience to the position. Steven will challenge every member of Middlesex’s staff to be better at what they do and to be totally committed to the cause of the team.”
Steven is a Chartered Psychologist & Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and he currently holds large influence in the world of psychology. He has developed a unique Leadership philosophy from working over the past 20 years with elite teams and World Champions.
This recently captivated a wide audience when he published his book ‘DETOX YOUR EGO’ in January. Within the book he explains his Leadership withoutEGO model, which aims to take individuals on a journey of self-discovery in order to increase, health happiness and purpose in life. He also talks about his days as a young professional cricketer at Lords and the huge influence the experience had on him.
Commenting on his appointment Sylvester said: “I am delighted to have the opportunity to contribute to the ongoing success of Middlesex CCC by developing a psychology program to promote performance excellence and enhance psychological wellbeing throughout the season.”