Foxes Focus - Will Garvey
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Foxes Focus - Will Garvey

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Name: Will Garvey

Role: Head of Sports Science and Medicine

Department: Cricket

Years at Leicestershire: 2.5 years [Jan 2018]

 

About you - shutter mode

Describe yourself in three words.

Particular, Tidy, Structured

Where are you from?

Meadway, Kent

What is a fun fact about you?

I’ve never played cricket in my life.

Do you have any pets?

Does the neighbour’s cat count? I call him Barnaby

What is your favourite food?

All food, but would probably say cake

If you could travel anywhere in the world [before COVID-19], where would you go?

I’d really like to see the National Parks in America

 

Life at Leicestershire County Cricket Club

Summarise Leicestershire CCC in three words:

Family. Resourceful. Underdogs.

Summarise your role in 50 words:

I have two main roles. My everyday role involves working with the players from a medical and physical point of view – assessing and treating any injuries, and continual monitoring of the players.

Then there’s the Science and Medicine side where I lead the SS+M department, working with the S+C team to make sure the players are optimally prepared and our injury reduction strategies are coherent.

Building up towards the beginning of the new season, what are your top 3 priorities in your role?

1. Player Safety

2. Managing players training loads

3. Reducing injury risk

Before COVID-19, what does your matchday routine involve?

I would come into work and head to the gym in the morning, shower and sit and drink a coffee in peace. A couple of hours before the lads are due to arrive, I check the changing room to make sure the players have everything they need from drinks, protein shakes and any pre-game treatment for injuries.

During a match – I keep eyes on the match as much as possible, I need to always be ready to react to any on-field trauma. Then I’m just generally making sure players have what they need to perform during the match.

What is your favourite memory on the pitch?

I probably have two really. We won the first game I worked for Leicestershire which will always stay with me. Also, last year at Durham Cozzie deliberately headed the ball to the slips, luckily, he was fine.

What is your favourite memory off the pitch?

Last year we had a trip to the Lake District to complete some team building activities. After the first night, we were in the pub and it lashed it down with rain. When we were leaving, Sadler the previous batting coach, slipped on the grass and went absolutely flying. He was covered in mud; it was such a laugh.

Where do you see Leicestershire CCC in the next 12 months?

You can tell there is a different vibe around the club. I still think we are in a process of re-building and I’d like to see us in mid-table of Division 2 next year.

Who is your favourite Leicestershire Foxes? Past or present

I’ll probably get a bit of stick from the lads but Chris Wright. We have a mutual bond over our love of coffee.

Who are you most looking forward to watching on the pitch this season?

I’m quite looking forward to watching Sam Evans as I haven’t seen much of him playing but he’s come through the Academy, so will be good to see him in the 1st team..

 

A bit more about you

What is your favourite holiday destination? At home or abroad?

I am a fan of staying in England with the Lake District or Devon as my favourite places.

Apart from cricket, do you watch any other sports?

Yeah I’m a F1 fan. My favourite driver must me Kimi Raikkonen, but I’m also a supporter of the British drivers.

If you could invite any 3 celebrities to dinner who would it be and why?

Kimi Raikkonen – I think his stories would be funny

Tommy Caldwell – famous climber – I’d love to pick his brains about climbing. Also he’s missing his left index finger-tip so he climbs differently so I think that would be interesting to hear how he’s had to adapt.

Emily Blunt – Actress – I have a little soft spot

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

[Pre-COVID-19] I really like indoor climbing so, I’m gutted that that’s had to stop for the time being.

 

The impact of COVID-19

How has the delay to the season impacted your role?

It’s made it quite stressful with only a short amount of time to be able to work with the players for the start of the season. Although we knew it was coming back in August, we only have 4 weeks to get the bowlers match ready which is a challenge, but we’re more than up for it and the players are working hard.

It’s been a huge logistical challenge with organising training. The players are currently training in one-to-one with the view of moving to small groups soon.

How has the lockdown impacted your role?

Not being able to come into the ground to train and with no access to weights has been difficult.

What have you been up to during the lockdown?

Unfortunately, not a lot of exercise, I got injured just before lockdown so I’ve been rehabbing a lot. I have been smashing the PlayStation and baking. I made a lot of banana breads which I’m quite good at. I also made some Lemon Cake the other day which was so good, if I do say so myself.

Cricket is back on August 1, describe how you feel in 3 words:

Exciting to get back to playing. Challenging, there’s a lot of things we have to do differently now. Intrigued to see how it all goes.