Who was the biggest inspiration for your careers in cricket and why?
Lloyd – My biggest inspiration as a cricketer was Andrew Flintoff. I enjoyed the way he played the game with his heart on his sleeve and helped change people’s perception of what cricket is like.
Robbie – My biggest cricketing inspiration was Dimitri Mascarenhas. I used to watch Hampshire regularly where he was a star player and captain, and I loved his big hoop earrings and unique playing style.
SMCC and 360 Cricket have recently announced a development pathway for budding young coaches, can you tell us more about this?
For a few seasons now we have been working with several older junior players. Firstly, they acted as young leaders during our coaching sessions, now some have gone on to get their Foundation 1 and support coaching sessions as lead coaches. We are now at the point where we want to formalise this more and encourage more children to become part of the coaching pathway. The structure is designed to give all the older junior members a chance to try coaching and if they enjoy it, we will help them along their coaching journey. Alongside SMCC we plan to invest and create funding to help the young coaches access more courses/qualifications.
The members of the club know 360 Cricket provide the group sessions throughout the winter and summer, but do 360 Cricket do 1-2-1’s?
Yes, we do offer 1-2-1 coaching. Although we do feel group coaching is the vital part of any young cricketer’s experience, and we are committed to making the club provision as enjoyable as possible for all of the young cricketers at SMCC. There may be times when a young cricketer wishes to spend more time developing their game. Whether it’s spending additional time around developing new skills or techniques, or even supporting young players with their confidence. Lloyd and Robbie are very much open to providing 1-2-1 coaching to SMCC juniors so please do contact them via email – firstname.lastname@example.org.