Zak Bess is the new intern at Somerset
Somerset County Cricket Club has a new intern for the next 12 months who will be working alongside Darren Veness our Head of Strength and Conditioning.
22 year old Zak Bess will be following in the footsteps of two former S&C interns who have both gone on to enjoy successful careers in that area of expertise.
Andy Mitchell was an intern at the Club in 2012, since when he has gone on to become the S&C coach at Middlesex CCC whilst his successor Joel Tratt is now heading up the S&C department at Oakham School, in Leicesterhire, where Stuart Broad was a student.
Zak, who hails from Sidmouth and has represented Devon at all levels, attended Exeter University and now plays his club cricket for Exeter CC as well as playing for Devon in the Minor Counties.
How did he become interested in the S&C side of sport in the first place? “Over the years I have had quite a lot of injuries,” he said. “So I decided to go to university where I played cricket but spent half the time injured so it was then that I decided to focus on injury prevention and strength and conditioning. Once I got into it I decided that it was definitely what I wanted to do and where my passion was.
“I played some Second XI cricket with Somerset when I was younger and got in touch with Daz (Darren Veness) about the opportunity of doing some work experience with him as he was a great help to me when I was here before. He told me that this internship was available so I applied and was lucky enough to get it!”
Zak started at the club at the end of the 2015 season and helped the Second XI for their last couple of games.
“Daz is just slowly integrating me into the situation,” he said. “I am looking forward to when the boys come back and the workload steps up. I am also here on a Friday night working with the age groups and then when the Emerging Player Programme and the Academy start I will help with that as well. I am just really delighted to be here at Somerset and during my time here I want to learn as much as I can from Daz and the rest of the team.”
What is it going to be like as a member of the support staff rather than a member of the playing staff? “It is going to be very different,” he said. “But it’s something that intrigues me. When I was younger and I went to places and tried to impress coaches I always wondered what goes on in the background behind the closed doors and how things are structured. Now I am starting to find out and it’s very interesting to me to see how things work and I want to take in as much as I can whilst I am here.
“I am really looking forward to the players coming back in and getting underway with the winter training programme. In the past I have had people training me so now it will be cool to be on the other side of the fence.”
Zak added: “Everybody at Somerset has been very welcoming to me so I am looking forward to things starting to rev up in the very near future.”
Pictured left to right are: Andy Mitchell, Joel Tratt, Darren Veness and Zak Bess.