Case Study - Alex Townsend


Name: Alex Townsend

Age: 18

Occupation: Student

Voluntary Role: Coach, plus numerous others

Alex Townsend, aged 18, has recently passed his A Level exams in Geography, Economics and History and will be heading for Reading University this autumn to study for a BSc in Human Geography.

Alex joined Newent Cricket Club at the age of 11 years and played cricket for the under 13, under 15 and under 17 club teams as well as District Under 13 representative team. He has progressed through the ranks of Newent, becoming a regular member of the 2nd X1 over the past two seasons.

As well as a love for cricket, Alex plays hockey, football and golf and maintains a keen interest in all sports as a spectator. He completed the Level 1 Cricket Coaching course in 2009 and soon put his knowledge into good use in helping to coach and manage the Club’s Under 13 squad.

Alex Townsend Laurence Hull

Alex receiving his VCricket certificate from the club Chairman, Laurence Hull

This role has helped him to develop his organisational and time management skills through devising training routines, team selection, and making travel arrangements. More importantly, it has enabled him to gain self-confidence and self-discipline, an ability to work well in teams and communicate with others at all levels.

Alex has also completed the Level 1 Cricket Umpiring course which has enabled him to broaden his knowledge of the laws of the game.

Alex joined the V Cricket Awards programme some eighteen months ago and reached all three milestones, i.e. 25 hours, 50 hours and 100 hours of volunteering within Community cricket after a period of 14 months.

This programme is designed to recognise those volunteers amongst the 16-25 year olds who give up their time to help with the development of grass roots cricket. He undertook a variety of tasks during this period such as pitch and ground preparation, clubhouse painting and general cleaning/tidying, scoring, umpiring, helping with event management and the previously mentioned coaching and managing the Under 13 squad.

In the process he has met with many new people and has had an awful lot of fun on the way.

Alex has helped out at the Gloucestershire Cricket Boards Under 10 Festival where he took on the role of warm up coach helping the Leadon Vale District players get prepared before each game. It is something he really enjoyed and can see himself getting more involved with in the future.

Alex also stepped in at short notice to help County coaches run a performance trial when a colleague was unable to make it. Always willing to put himself out, Alex has contributed a great deal to Newent Cricket Club and has been an excellent role model for younger players, so much so that at least five young members have expressed an interest in completing their level 1 coaching award.