Dips to fulfil lifelong ambition

Leicestershire CCC Coach Dips Patel enjoys a challenge – and he will fulfil a lifetime ambition when taking on the London Marathon in April.

Patel, who combines his role as Indoor Centre Head Coach by assisting Tom Smith in the Second XI, has always been an inspiration to younger people in their careers.

This way he will be assisting them in a slightly different way to leading and mentoring in his coaching role at the Foxes.

Patel will be raising money for the Get Kids Going! charity, who inspire British disabled youngsters to compete in sporting events, from start to Paralympic level, by giving them sports grants to help their training, physiotherapy, travel, competition fees, and design and development of sports wheelchairs etc.

He said: “It's always been one of my life ambitions to complete the London Marathon and I'm really looking forward in challenging myself in doing so.

Get Kids Going! is an amazing charity that helps so many young athletes with disabilities and provides opportunities for kids to reach their goals and fulfil their dreams.

“The organisation shows so much passion for their future talented stars and I'm just glad to be a part of it and contribute.”

Patel is moving closer to the halfway point of his initial £2,000 target, and has received lots of support from his friends at Leicestershire CCC.

He said: “Everybody that I have spoken to has been really supportive, and I’m overwhelmed by the amount of donations that have already come in.

“A couple of people at the club have run marathons in the past, so I’ve been picking their brains on the best way to get around! The training will get tougher but it’s a challenge that I am relishing.”

The marathon will mark the end of a busy two-and-a-half years for Patel, who recently gained his ECB Level Four Master Coach qualification after a testing few days at the National Performance Centre in Loughborough.

Patel, a familiar face to the Leicestershire cricket family after years of playing at Loughborough Town and coaching at the Fischer County Ground, has been a big help to Tom, who oversaw his first season with the Second XI in 2018 after joining the club in pre-season.

“The Level Four was a long and testing process, but one that I enjoyed and learnt a lot from. It culminated in a few days of presenting in front of fellow ECB Level Four coaches at Loughborough, which was something a lot of preparation went into.

“But nothing can really replicate the point where you’re presenting to some of the highest qualified coaches in the country! It was good to go through all of the individual parts of the process and see it all come together.

“Helping Tom was something that I enjoyed alongside all of the coaching in the Indoor School and with the Academy and age group players. Working in a professional environment is enjoyable, and playing some games at Loughborough Town, which has been my club for many years, was also a highlight.”

* If you would like to donate to Dips and this fantastic cause, please visit his Just Giving page HERE