Meet the coaches - Joe Bell
How long have you been coaching and how did you get into it?
I’ve been coaching since I was 16, so nearly 7 years now. I started coaching by helping out at my local cricket club Old Wimbledonians and thoroughly enjoyed it, so I carried it on.
What have been some of the highlights from working with us?
Getting to umpire a day at the Surrey Slam Schools competition in the summer! It was awesome to see all the kids we coach compete against each other and play some great cricket.
What are the key things you have learnt in your early years of coaching cricket?
I’ve learnt that kids are very creative when given the space to figure things out for themselves. So giving them time to come up with their own solutions has been my most valuable lesson learned.
Who were your cricket inspirations growing up?
James Anderson and Brett Lee were my biggest inspirations. Two of the best to have played the game when I was young and being a bowler myself, watching them was always a highlight.
What, in your opinion, makes a great cricketer?
A willingness to always get better and learn. There are a number of talented players in every team but the very best are always looking to get better and challenge themselves.
How would you describe your coaching style?
I like to think I’m quite a relaxed coach. I ask a lot of questions and enjoy watching what kids come up with, so I don’t feel the need to impose myself too much during my sessions.
How has your previous coaching experience helped you get to where you are now?
I’ve had the privilege to have coached a variety of different people from a variety of backgrounds, so getting to understand how different people react has definitely enhanced my coaching.