My other life: Amanda Fewkes, Bexhill - Cricket coach

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When she’s not developing business for the premium finance provider, Fewkes coaches a junior cricket team

How did your interest in cricket start?
When I was about 12, my dad, my grandad and my brother all played cricket. So I went down to play with my dad and follow in the family tradition. I played for three or four years. At that time, women’s cricket wasn’t as recognised as it is now. Around four years ago a friend asked me whether I could help coach under-nines.

So, after deciding to join the club, I did my assistant coach’s course. For the first three years I was assistant coach, before being made coach at the end of last season. I then did my level two coaching badge. I’m now fully qualified, and officially run the team.

What does it involve?
It entails getting the schedules together, running the games and training, a bit of everything really that comes with junior cricket.

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What has been the highlight so far?
In the four years that I’ve been coaching we’ve got to final day three times. The first year we got to final day we actually went on to win it. I’m now at a stage where some of the under-nines I have been involved in coaching are actually on the books with Yorkshire; it’s nice to be able to see what these kids do after.

Is there any crossover between cricket and your insurance job?
There’s not much crossover. But I suppose as you go around and meet brokers, it can be a conversation point. Of course, communication and teamwork are important in any walk of life.

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