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Introducing… Chevy Green

Introducing… Chevy Green, Director of Programmes at ACE.

As part of our ‘A Life In Cricket’ Campaign, we will be talking about the passionate and committed individuals who work in cricket.

In this episode we meet Chevy, who tells us about his career to date and why he’d recommend a career in cricket to a young person.

Watch Chevy’s video below and keep scrolling to learn more about Chevy and his career.

How did you originally get into cricket?

I didn’t have a choice coming from a cricketing family! I was told my Dad used to read cricket books to me when I was in my mums’ tummy! My dad, uncle, grandad and many other family members played cricket and were lovers of the dominant West Indies sides back in the day. I have fond memories of my brother and I following my dad around the club circuit for Spencer CC, entertaining ourselves playing many a match on the side. As a child I grew up wanting to play for England but as a West Indian fan as West Indies were much better and played with more flair – I don’t think I would say the same now though!

 What did you do before you worked in cricket?

I have always been involved in cricket, volunteering as a coach at my club from the age of 15 and then as a casual coach for a number of years. Prior to starting my career in cricket, I worked as a teaching assistant and then as an unqualified PE Teacher in a local secondary school in Lambeth, teaching years 7-9 whilst leading on cricket and football.

When did you first join Surrey?

I first joined Surrey in July 2013 as a community coach, then advancing my career as a development officer, cricket participation manager and now director of programmes for ACE. Perhaps I am up for a 10 year testimonial…

Why did you join Surrey?

I have always had a strong affiliation with Surrey, being a fan, junior member and playing within the Surrey junior age groups. Not being talented enough to become a professional player for Surrey, it was always an aspiration to one day work for Surrey.

What made you branch out to join ACE?

The opportunity to develop a programme close to my heart coming from a Caribbean cricketing family, being inspired by Ebony’s dreams and aspirations, being able to relate to the programme being black, attending a state school, being in and out of the Surrey pathway as a junior – sharing the same experiences of many friends of mine who I played cricket with who also had similar experiences of the barriers that come with going to state school and being from a diverse background. I just had to be involved!!!

The opportunity to further develop my career, becoming a director with all the roles & responsibilities and accountability it comes with was an exciting personal challenge! It came at the right time for me in my career as I felt I needed a new challenge.

What do you most enjoy about your current role at ACE?

“With great power comes great responsibility” – I enjoy absolutely everything about ACE, I can influence and connect with people from all our programmes and into top level boardrooms! It gives me great joy when parents and participants speak with me and share messages of the impact ACE has had on their lives, knowing that I have played a part in that gives me a real sense of pride!

What are you most looking forward to in your role this year?

I am looking forward to sustaining our programmes nationally and providing more opportunities for everyone to experience more ACE Vibes!

What challenges do you think you’ll face?

I envisage many challenges; cricket will once again be going through a difficult period and hopefully ACE can be at the forefront of tackling some of the issues that arise.

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