With a busy day planned and information packs in hand, we awaited for the first speech of the day introducing Leicestershire CCC. As a group we were asked to label as many of the behind the scenes activity that aren’t visible to the public that allow LCCC to be the successful County Ground it has become. To our surprise the list expanded beyond the whiteboard, really hitting home how much effort and thought goes into such venue.
Coffee and teas were readily available as we then listened to the Jim Overend, Commercial director explain his job at the FCG and what his day to day activities were. Intrigued…. he then explained the pathway to reaching such a pivotal role through University, past jobs and past internships. It was clearly highlighted that our intentions can change and that experience in any field is invaluable; an extremely interesting and motivating factor for the group.
As the rain continued to pour, we had the news that the match between the Foxes and Northants was abandoned just before we started our lunch; a slight dampener (pardon the pun) on the day. Things were soon back in full flow again when we had the opportunity to listen and ask questions to John Stew, the catering manager. He explained many things, including how the catering team have to cope with how difficult ordering food and drink for such a weather dependent sport can be. Not just this, we learned the different trends of different attendees for the 3 different forms of cricket- the t20 blast proving the busiest- staff needing to be out in full force.
Overall, the group, including myself, had such a valuable day and learned a lot of new things and let’s appreciate the hard work of everyone at Leicestershire CCC even more.