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Alex Barrow enjoying his time working with Somerset Coaches

Former Somerset batsman Alex Barrow was one of the three coaches who traveled to Mumbai to work with a group of  young cricketers from the Academy.

Since departing from Somerset, Alex has started to make quite a  name for himself in the coaching world. He is currently an ECB Level Three cricket coach, spending six days a week coaching sport at King’s Hall where he is involved with rugby, hockey as well as cricket, and three evenings a week coaching at the King’s College Indoor Cricket Centre.

The 27 year old who appeared in 40 First Class and 26 List A games for Somerset between 2011 and 2016 takes up the story.

“For the last couple of years I’ve been involved with the Somerset Academy where I do as much as I can,” he said. “It’s a really good environment to coach in and there are some really good future Somerset players and potential England players there, which is really exciting.

“Being involved with the Academy is good for my development and hopefully I can add value to the coaching group as well.

“When I got the invitation to go with the Academy group to Mumbai it was a no brainer for me. The only time that I’ve been to India before is when I went to the Champions League with Somerset in 2011, so it was nice to go back, this time in a different role as well.

“It was a great experience for the guys on the Academy, but also for the coaches because India is so massively into cricket.

“I have now done my Level Three and the next step for me is Level Four, which is something that I’m aspiring to do. At the same time as that however, I’m 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.

“Being on a tour as a coach for the first time has definitely benefited me in terms of more pastoral care and it gave me time to chat to players and to get to know them.

“This sort of thing will help me to develop my relationships with the Academy players and, being a part of a small coaching group, it gave me a bit more responsibility to plan and lead sessions, which as a coach you need to do well.”

What is it that Alex enjoys most about being a coach?

“I enjoy coaching because you are working with players who are going to get better, so you help them to find solutions in order for them to improve their game.

“However, I know that just because I have played First Class cricket doesn’t mean that I will be a good coach. Paul Tweddle didn’t play First Class cricket but he is an outstanding coach. There is far more depth to it than that.

“One thing that I am grateful of is that Somerset have had some outstanding coaches to learn from. I’ve worked with people like Jason Kerr, Steve Snell, Matt Maynard and Dave Nosworthy, so there is such a lot of experience there to have learned from.

“Some things you pick up and run with, and there are also things that you know you don’t like and don’t want to have on board. Not all coaches are the same, but there are certainly bits you can take from them.

“In hindsight, as a player, there are things that I would have wanted to have done differently. However, there’s so much I’ve learned from six years as a player and 10 years on a pathway as a youngster growing up.

“Coaching is quite a complex thing. It’s a lot more than telling people what to do. Everyone learns in a different way and it’s an ongoing experience.

“Somerset cricket means an awful lot to me, so to be able to assist the next generation of players, aid my own development and stay in contact with the Club is something that means a lot to me. I’m really grateful that Steve Snell (Academy Director) has given me the chance to be involved in the way that I am.”

On his return from Mumbai the 27-year-old has returned to King’s where his focus will be very much on the forthcoming cricket season and then during the summer he will once again be playing for Sdimouth and Devon CCC, where he made quite an impact in 2019.

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