Former Furness College student Joe Schofield is proving cricket’s answer to Joe Wicks after enjoying a work placement with Cumbria Cricket.
Joe successfully achieved the Level 3 extended diploma in sport at Channelside campus after studying at the Rating Lane sixth form campus and also did the Right2Work programme.
As part of this programme he delivered a video taster session for Cumbria Cricket to try to secure a place as part of their community development team and impressed the coaches so much that he was taken on voluntary placement.
Joe, who hopes now to progress his career in coaching with Cumbria Cricket, said he decided to make the video for young cricketers because they were unable to train during lockdown and he wanted to help keep them match fit.
“I felt that my video would help them to maintain match fitness and keep their health going whilst at home,” he said. “That way, they’d be fit and ready to play their next cricket game.”
“Getting my placement at Cumbria Cricket means so much to me because I want to help deliver the sport around the area and help children gain an interest in the sport as well as helping improve their health and fitness and help them enjoy the sport.”
Furness College Physical Activity Co-ordinator Matt Jefferson said Joe had also regularly taken part in the college’s FIT4WORK sessions, which has helped to boost his strength and confidence.
“We are delighted to see how Joe’s hard work has paid off with something he is so passionate about. His enthusiasm for sport is infectious and he created a fantastic video during lockdown to help young cricketers keep active while they were stuck at home.”
Claire Round, of the Right2Work programme which is part of the Oaklea Group, said: “Joe has really embraced the scheme and thoroughly enjoyed his placement with Cumbria Cricket Ltd. His confidence and communication has vastly improved since starting the scheme in September 2019, proving he is ready for paid employment.”
Bob Simpson, of Cumbria Cricket, said Joe was a fantastic example to anyone who wants to better themselves. “He has great skills to offer and has used his creativity to help us get some key messages out to the Cumbria Cricket family, including a fictitious cricketing family called the Wickey family.
Joe produced some incredible cartoons of them playing various formats of cricket, from All Stars Cricket through to Women’s Softball cricket, helping to raise awareness to the various participation activity opportunities we offer. Joe is also very keen to develop as a coach and has supported our schools programme in the Barrow area.
He is a credit to the college, and we will continue to support Joe as much as possible, as he has added value to what we do and deliver.”
Watch the full video here.