Joel Tratt appointed new Head of Strength & Conditioning

Somerset County Cricket Club have appointed Joel Tratt as the new Head of Strength & Conditioning.

Joel will need little introduction after spending a year as a Strength & Conditioning intern working with Darren Veness and is therefore no stranger to most of the players on the staff.

After departing from Somerset, the 29 year old who hails from Barrington near Ilminster, became Head of Strength & Conditioning at Oakham School from where he returns.

Joel said: “It’s just amazing to be appointed Head of Strength & Conditioning at Somerset. It’s my dream job, so I feel really chuffed.

“It was a pretty full-on interview process, as you’d expect, so when Jamie Thorpe gave me a call to say that I had got the job I was buzzing. It’s my home club and I’m excited by what we can do. Like everybody else I just want to win, so I can’t wait to get going.”

Talking about his previous post Joel said: “Sport was taken pretty seriously at Oakham School, where I led up the whole of the Strength & Conditioning programme for the last four years across all major sports. There are a lot of the pupils involved with pathways.  All of them have had both squad training and individual training programmes to give them the best chance of succeeding.

“I’ve been lucky to have been able to work with some truly outstanding sportsmen and women at Oakham across a wide variety of sports. Rugby players, hockey players, county cricketers, international athletes, England netball players and weight lifters all use the facilities. The job passed all expectations on what I thought it would be.

“However, now it feels good to be coming back to the Cooper Associates County Ground, which has always felt like home to me. I’m looking forward to working with Club Lead Physio Jamie Thorpe and we are both singing from the same hymn sheet. We talk the same language and we are both extremely motivated to give the boys the best chance to win.

“I know the large majority of players on the staff because, although some have left, many of those who have replaced them have come through the Academy – people like Tim Rouse, Ben Green, Ollie Sale, George Bartlett and Dom Bess.

“It’s not just about having a good working relationship with the players, it’s about knowing their bodies as well and their injury histories, so I’m fortunate to have that. I’ve spoken to a few of the lads already and told them how much I’m looking forward to being back to work with them and getting going.”

The new Head of S&C added: “I can’t wait to get cracking and will be spending my first week making sure that I’ve got as much information as I can for when the boys come back.”

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