An Interview With Alex Barrow
Former Somerset cricketer Alex Barrow is loving life working as a sports coach at King’s Hall, as well as being involved at the indoor cricket centre at King’s College.
Alex, who himself attended King’s, appeared in 40 first-class and 26 List A games for Somerset between 2011 and 2016. He works full-time coaching sport at King’s Hall where he is involved with rugby and hockey as well as cricket. In addition to this, he spends three evenings a week coaching at the King’s College indoor cricket centre.
Commenting on this, he said: “I enjoy coaching – you’re working with players who are going to get better so helping them to find solutions to improve their game is great fun. Working at King’s Hall often makes me think how I was at that age. The pupils always want the ball in their hand, they want to score a try or kick a drop goal or play a reverse sweep, very much like I did at the stage of my life."
“I am at King’s Hall for six days a week, which includes at least two fixtures, these being hockey and rugby sevens at the moment. In the first term we covered rugby, which I love to be involved with and we are now building for the cricket season so there’s a good balance over the time I’m here. Then I go to King’s College three nights a week to coach on their cricket programme. I have a lot of contact time which is really nice for me.”
Alex recently returned from Mumbai where he was one of the three coaches working with a group of eight young cricketers from the Somerset Academy. Five out of the eight attend King’s College and four of those started their cricketing journey at King’s Hall.
He added: "For the last couple of years I have also been involved with the Somerset Academy where I do as much as I can. It’s a really good environment to coach in. There are some really good future Somerset players and potential England players there, which is really exciting."
“I have now done my Level 3 coaching qualification and the next step for me is Level 4, which is something that I am aspiring to do. At the same time, however, I am trying to learn as much as I can from the various environments that I work in, through the Academy and with King’s and not just within cricket. I think it’s really important to have a range of knowledge in different sports as well and something that I really enjoy at the moment as well.”
For the next half term Alex will return to King’s Schools where his focus will be very much be on the forthcoming cricket season. During the summer he will once again be playing for Sidmouth and Devon CCC, where he made quite an impact in 2019, so the young coach has a very busy few months ahead of him.
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