Alumni Profiles - Former Pupils

After leaving Sawston Village College, our alumni go on to do a wide range of different things, and so we have developed this ‘Profiles’ page to showcase the various paths our alumni have taken. You can submit your profile at


Max Holden (2009-14)

Immediately after leaving Sawston, I was awarded my first professional contract by Middlesex CCC. This was a huge moment for me as a professional contract was something I had been striving for during my time at Sawston. That winter I trained alongside the Middlesex professional squad while starting my A levels at Hills Road Sixth Form College. In January I was selected for the first time for England U19 and toured Australia. Pulling on the England shirt for the first time was a surreal and proud moment for me and one I will never forget. The following summer I was a consistent member of the Middlesex 2 XI and won Middlesex young player of the year for the 2015 season. I also competed against Australia U19 in a home series. In October 2015, I signed a 4-year contract extension with Middlesex, sealing my long term future with the club. Later that winter I travelled to Bangladesh to take part in the U19 World Cup. This was an amazing, and quite unlike anything I had done before. The media and pressure surrounding the tournament were incredible, and I definitely learnt a lot from the experience. Unfortunately, the trip ended in disappointment as we were knocked out in the quarter finals to Sri Lanka, probably the lowest point of my career. The proudest moment of my career came this summer, 2016, when I was named England U19 captain. Representing your country at any level is an honour and privilege, and for me to be named captain made all the work I had put in over the years worthwhile and made me extremely proud. Coincidently, my first game as captain came in Cambridge, and leading my country out in my home city was very special, especially as two of my old Sawston teachers, Mr Sutton and Mr Higgins, were in the crowd.

I look back on my time at Sawston Village College with extreme fondness and feel that my time there shaped me as the person I am today and the Captain I am on the cricket field.

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