Staff Profile: Emily Cunningham

Anybody who has visited the Andrew Caddick Pavilion recently will have been greeted by Emily Cunningham, who started her new job at Somerset County Cricket Club in August.

Emily may seem like a very familiar face to some visitors and that is because she has worked for the Club’s Catering Department since she was 15 years old.

Emily outlined her new role. “I’m a Commercial Admin Assistant,” she explained. “In the mornings you can find me in Reception, and then in the afternoons I assist with sales and help the Catering Team to deliver their events and conferencing. I’m just loving my new job here.”
Although she wasn’t born in Taunton, Emily attended Ruishton Primary School before moving onto Heathfield School.

“When I was 15, I approached the Club and I got a job as a waitress,” she said. “I worked here all the time that I was at school and also when I was at college. I had another job too, but I carried on working here in the evenings and at weekends. I even worked here when I was at university.

“When I first started, I can’t say that I knew too much about cricket but working here you soon get to know all about it and now I really enjoy the game and understand it.

“There’s a real family atmosphere here and you feel that you belong. There are people who have been here for many years because they love the Club and what it stands for. When new people come in, they are made to feel welcome and soon adapt to the way that things are here at Somerset. It’s definitely a family, there’s no doubt about that. Everyone knows everyone else and supports them.

“Everybody has been so positive, and we all enjoyed the success of winning one trophy and shared the disappointment of not winning the Championship. Whatever the outcome, Somerset is such a professional club with the new floodlights and the staging of the World Cup and Women’s Ashes this season.

“Somerset has grown into a big club but still remains very much a family environment to work in and to be a part of. It’s special and that’s why I’m still here eight years after I started.”

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