Staff Profile: Dan Cooper
Ever since watching England win the Ashes in 2005 Dan Cooper has been hooked on cricket, so to be appointed as the new Marketing Executive at Somerset County Cricket Club is pretty much his dream job.
Reflecting on his short time at the Club so far Dan said: “There is a lot to find out about, but in the short space of time that I have been here I have really enjoyed myself. There is a lot to learn before I can really get into things, but it’s gone really well for me.
“I’ve supported Somerset ever since I can remember and when I was at Bath Spa University I studied Business and Management, specialising in marketing, and spent a year on placement in 2016 doing sports marketing, which I enjoyed.
“However, my end goal has been to work somewhere like Somerset and it just happened that a vacancy came along earlier this year. I applied and was appointed.”
Dan talked about how he came to support Somerset CCC in the first place.
“In 2007 Justin Langer took Somerset down to play a match against Devon,” he said. “That was my first taste of county cricket and that’s when I started to support my closest First Class county team.”
What exactly is it that Dan will be doing at Somerset?
“The post I have filled is a new one that was created earlier this year because the Club is growing, so for me it’s quite exciting because I can come in a make my mark.
“Specifically, I will be responsible for producing match day materials, producing materials for all Somerset CCC activities and keeping all Members up to date with email communications. Another aspect of the Club that I will be involved with is marketing Stragglers Coffee House.”
Dan has just relocated from Plymouth to Taunton in order to be closer to work, so living locally near to the Cooper Associates County Ground is still relatively new.
“Everybody at the Club is very friendly and makes you feel so welcome. Since I first came to the Club it seems clear that everyone who works here is targeting the same goal which is to win trophies. No matter what role you play in the team everyone is contributing towards that same end.”
Having watched Marcus Trescothick playing in the Ashes in 2005 how did it feel to be working at the same place and rubbing shoulders with him on a regular basis?
“I must admit it was a little bit surreal having the likes of Marcus and then Andy Caddick in the office alongside Club Captain Tom Abell,” he said. “However, everybody has come over and introduced themselves, as if I didn’t know who they were already! They were all really nice and chatted to me and you realize that they are just ordinary people with a special gift for playing cricket.”
Dan added: “Somerset is an exciting place to be and I’m really looking forward to getting stuck into the job and to meeting some of the Members in the future.”Back to News