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I have just finished my work experience with ECB ACO and I thoroughly enjoyed my time with Sam Greaves and Rebecca Pike.

I chose to do work experience at ECB because I would like to pursue a career in sport and this experience has given me a taste of what I’d like to do.

On Monday I started by filling out orders on an Excel spreadsheet. This involved typing up the orders that each county had submitted for the ‘Stay in the game’ ACO campaign posters and postcards. This campaign is encouraging players who have just finished playing cricket to get involved in umpiring.

A little later I started reading a book by Paul Trevillion and John Holder called ‘You are the umpire'. Sam asked me to pick out some umpiring decisions that were of interest and type them up onto a spreadsheet with the answers, the idea being to put them up as a website poll.

On my second day, after looking through the day's cricket stories, I was sent a spreadsheet by Rebecca which had all the contact information of each County Association. It had all the details of the officers which I then had to double check by calling each association. I was nervous at first but as I made more calls my confidence grew.

After lunch I sat in on a board meeting which was an experience. I listened as a number of topics were discussed - an equipment catalogue, the first conference, the marketing campaign and the budget for the year. Then some of the members discussed the problems that have arisen in their different areas.

Jay Wood

Jay Wood spent a week with the ECB ACO who are based at Lord's

On Wednesday I finished calling the County Associations and then helped with the department who helped run the World Twenty20. They needed to see all the stories that were written about the tournament and I helped photocopy them.

The following day I did some more media work, scouring the papers whilst watching the Cardiff Test on TV. I enjoyed watching the tailenders smash it around! I also had a look inside the media centre which was good.

On my last day I went onto the ECB ACO database and typed in some names of people who where ACUS life members and checked to see if they have an ACO membership number. Then I had to ring up all the Education and Training Officers at all the counties and ask them if they would be continuing in their role. After that I went on a tour of Lord's which was very interesting.

I would like to thank everybody at ECB ACO for their help and making my time here great.

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