Worcestershire CCC Members were given an exclusive, fascinating insight into the coaching staff and the structure of the playing side of the Club during a “Coffee With The Coaches” event in the Greme Hick Pavilion.
Head Coach Alex Gidman is keen to re-establish a bond with the club’s members after two years of COVID-19 restrictions.
He was joined behind the microphone by Assistant Coach-Bowling Coach Alan Richardson and Second Eleven Coach Kadeer Ali with more than 60 Members attending.
Other members of the coaching and backroom staff were also present including Kevin Sharp, Elliot Wilson, Andy Sutton and Louis Langham-Walsh.
Members heard a presentation about the structure of the coaching set-up, the winter programme, the appointment and influence of new Club Captain Brett D’Oliveira and the trio of new signings in Ed Pollock, Taylor Cornall and Ben Gibbon.
But Gidman, Kadeer and Richardson also gave some insight into their own lives which produced some little known facts.
Gloucester rugby follower Gidman revealed that he had to give up learning to play the guitar after two years because of the finger injury which had also ended his playing career at New Road.
Followers of BBC TV lunch-time drama ‘Doctors’ would have heard the voice of Stoke City supporter Richardson as a tannoy announcer in the surgery using various different accents.
Liverpool fan Kadeer pointed out he was the brainbox of his family. Himself, brothers Moeen and Omar and cousins Kabir and Aatif sat 50 GCE Exams, passed only seven between them of, which he was successful in five!
Gidman, Richardson and Kadeer and the members also took part in a quiz before a question and answer session.
After the formal proceedings had ended, all the coaching staff present mingled and chatted with Members.
Gidman told the Members: “As coaches, we’ve been crying out for this for a couple of years to be honest. It has got harder and harder and we wanted to touch base with you guys and chat and do all sorts of stuff and it is really nice to have this opportunity.
“It is the first thing we’ve done and it is wonderful to be back together looking at our beautiful ground which looks an absolute picture.
“The purpose was to mingle and give members an opportunity to see some familiar faces you haven’t had chance to for the last few months, learn a little about us as coaches and ask any questions.
“We were happy to stick around and chat afterwards and all the other coaches here as well. It is a really nice feeling to have Members back around the club.”
Richardson echoed Gidman’s sentiments.
He said: “When Alex mentioned he would like to do something like this, we talked about it a lot.
“It is great to see so many people. I spoke to a few people at the Awards Night and said ‘we need to get this on’ and it’s been an amazing effort by Giddo to really drive this.”