Foxes Focus - Ryan Smith
Name: - Ryan Smith
Role: - Assistant Physiotherapist
Department: - Cricket
Years at Leicestershire: - 0 (1 week!)
About you - shutter mode
Describe yourself in three words
Ambitious, Enthusiastic and Northern
Where are you from?
Rotherham, South Yorkshire
What is a fun fact about you?
Mickey Mouse once made me cry
Do you have any pets?
Hopefully a puppy in the next few weeks!
What is your favourite food?
Seafood or Cadbury’s Crème Egg
If you could travel anywhere in the world [before COVID-19], where would you go?
Joining Leicestershire County Cricket Club
Summarise your role in 50 words:
My role involves assisting the assessment, treatment and injury prevention of the players -working with the wider Sports Science and Medicine team. On matchdays I typically work with the Second XI and Academy squads to ensure they have both the medical and physical input in order to perform their best.
Can you detail some of your previous experience? Past clubs/Past industries etc
I’ve mainly worked in professional football and have been at Sheffield United Academy for the last 5 years. I worked across all the Academy age groups from Under 8’s through to Under 23’s. My role was to assess and treat the players, as well as working on injury prevention strategies to maximise their performance potential. I’ve been fortunate to work and learn from some fantastic mentors and staff who have always pushed and supported me. It’s been great to see some of the players I’ve worked with go on and start to achieve great things in their careers and long may it continue.
What attracted you to join Leicestershire CCC?
Two main things attracted me to Leicestershire CCC: the excitement of the role and the opportunity to work with the fantastic staff at the club, who I spoke to across the whole process – they made me feel like I could really contribute through learning and developing myself and the players.
Secondly, the direction and vision of the Club that has been outlined by Sean. The sense of excitement and optimism I felt made me know that this was the perfect role and club for me.
What can you bring to the team and the club?
I hope I can bring some enthusiasm, energy and ideas and contribute to the already great staff in the Sports Science and Medicine team. I’m excited to get the ball rolling and hopefully play a small part in helping the club progress in the right direction and achieve its aims.
A bit more about you
What is your favourite holiday destination? At home or abroad?
At home, I would say the Lake District. Abroad, I loved Australia when we visited earlier this year.
Apart from cricket, do you watch any other sports?
I’m a big football fan and Sheffield United supporter. I also enjoy watching golf when I get chance.
If you could invite any 3 celebrities to dinner who would it be and why?
Barack Obama: I think he’s an inspirational leader and would have some equally inspirational stories.
Liam Gallagher: I'm a big Oasis fan – there would never be a dull moment and he would provide the after dinner entertainment
Peter Kay – just a really funny bloke isn’t he?
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Relaxing with a movie or TV series or getting out in to the countryside on my bike.
The impact of COVID-19
How has the delay to the season impacted your role?
It’s meant a delay in getting started in the role – if anything it made me even more excited to get started.
What have you been up to during the lockdown?
I’ve managed to get a fair bit of gardening done and clock up some miles on the bike.
The new season has begun, describe how you feel in 3 words:
Excited, Optimistic and Ready