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.
What, in your opinion, makes a great cricketer?
In my opinion, a great cricketer is someone who gets on well with their team both off and on the field, brings something different to the team and has a good mentality of winning but accepts when they lose. Someone who is resilient and has a bounce back ability. Also, someone who can’t wait for the weekends to begin and hangs around after the game for a drink and chat.
How would you describe your coaching style?
Professional friendly coach: willing to put the player first and to listen to them and understand their sporting needs.
Create a positive learning environment between coach and athlete.
Fun but firm in order to keep players safe and to achieve goals.
How do you help motivate our young cricketers to do their best?
Make the sport as fun as possible for the player, provide positive feedback so players can learn and improve and work with colleagues to help create a motivational climate where players feel valued and want to learn.