Meet The Coaches – James Clover

How long have you been coaching and how did you get into it?

I first volunteered for cricket coaching back in 2017 for my Silver DOFE, I continued this voluntary role as part of my Final for my Gold DOFE. I helped out on the all stars program which is designed to help youngsters get involve with the sport and a cricket club. I thoroughly enjoyed this and learnt a lot from it. When I turned 18 I then went on to complete my level 2 in children’s cricket coaching in March 2019. I have been coaching/volunteering for around 4 years now.

What have been some of the highlights from working with us?

I would say seeing how much the children improve from the start of a camp to the end. Having being involved with 20/20 for 2 and a bit years now, I am getting to know some familiar faces and it is always nice seeing them at camps/evening training sessions.

Another highlight is being able to work with colleagues who I get on with and have built good relationships with.

What are the key things you have learnt in your early years of coaching cricket?

I would say my main things I have learnt in my early years is to be patient and too always be confident when leading. I would also say I have learnt to become approachable and to be a good listener.

Who were your cricket inspirations growing up?

My cricket inspirations when growing up would have to be Shane Warne (as a leg spinner myself) and also Freddie Flintoff, as I loved his attitude to the game and what he brought to the England team in his playing days. Bit of a rogue choice but I was also inspired by Kevin Pietersen, as I loved his batting approach and the way he took the game to the bowlers.