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Staff Profile: James Alway

James Alway enjoys being involved with Somerset County Cricket so much that when his time working as an intern at the Club came to an end he jumped at the chance to stay on as the Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach.

The 24-year-old who hails from Wells explained how he came to be at the Club in the first place.

“When I finished my course at Exeter University I spent last year working as an intern with Darren Veness, who was then the Strength & Conditioning coach, to gain some practical experience,” he said. “After spending a year with the Club I was getting ready to leave because I had come to the end of my contract. I was quite sad about that because I’d just started to find my feet and had built up good relationships.

“Then, almost out of nowhere, Darren announced that he was leaving. An Assistant S&C position became available and I was lucky enough to be appointed. It goes without saying that I’m very pleased to still be here at the Club.

“There’s something very special about this place. I was born and bred in Wells and I used to come down to watch the cricket as a kid and see Marcus Trescothick playing. Now I am helping with his fitness!

“When I first walked into the Club as an intern it was a strange feeling to be working with people who I used to come and watch and had only seen under the media spotlight. However, all the boys are so down to earth, and everyone really makes you feel at home.

“There is a really good family atmosphere about the place and everybody is working together, which makes it a great place to be involved with.”

“From an early age I’ve played all sports. I played rugby, football and cricket at school, but my main sports were football and cricket. In fact, I was involved in the Somerset age groups a little bit when I was a youngster, so I’ve got a bit of an insight through that.

“I’ve got a big background in cricket and having that sort of understanding of the sport has helped me do the job.”

James added: “It was a dream come true to get this job. I said to somebody just the other day that my career has peaked too early, because I’m working at the Club I’ve supported since I was a boy. It’s a massive dream come true and I’m enjoying every second.”

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