Published: 17th February, 2017
Former Surrey seamer Tim Linley’s new coffee career is going from strength to strength – with his new skills as a barista helping him to win one of this year’s Professional Cricketers’ Scholarship Awards.
Popular seamer Linley retired from the game at the end of the 2015 season due to a persistent knee injury and has now turned his passion for coffee into an exciting new career.
Linley has been on barista courses, part-funded by the PCA, and demonstrated the worth of that support by making fresh coffee for the four-man interview panel for the PCA awards.
“It was absolutely nerve-wracking. I travelled down from Leeds with a load of coffee gear to make some coffee while I was doing my presentation. I was convinced I would forget something but, thankfully, I didn’t and in the end I really enjoyed it,” Linley said.
Linley was successful in the Past Player category of the PCA Scholarship Awards. He won £1,000 and then doubled his prize money after his quirky presentation was highly commended by the judging panel of PCA Chief Executive David Leatherdale, Ian Thomas, the PCA’s Head of Development and Welfare, and two PCA Personal Development & Welfare Managers, Charlie Mulraine and Lynsey Williams.
Linley intends to use his prize money to help fund his new business which was not the one he anticipated going into when he first drew up a Personal Development plan during his playing career.
“While I was playing I actively did voluntary coaching to get experience. I got qualified as a Level Three coach and that was always where I saw myself going after I finished playing. I thought it was a natural progression,” Linley said.
“However, what I found myself doing was going to coffee shops. I have a real passion for coffee and speciality independent coffee shops and slowly, as my career was beginning to come to an end, I was getting more and more interested in that.
“Since I retired there has been a real crossover I have moved away from the coaching and I have really embraced the opportunity to go and open my first coffee shop at some point this year.
“The PCA have helped me financially to put me through so many courses. I have done an introduction to coffee, I have started a diploma in coffee, I have done intermediate barista skills through the SCAE, which is the organisation behind independent coffee.
“I have done business courses, I have done social media courses. I have done loads. It’s fantastic knowing that finances are not going to stop you going on those courses because you know you will always get PCA support.”