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Lockdown

Is it wicked to admit that I haven’t found lockdown so bad?

Three months in. I have been on furlough from two jobs since mid-March; school and private work stopped at the same time.

Not coaching. Going out only to the shops and to deliver to my parents.

I do miss the kids playing, learning, having fun.

And I do miss having a chat with colleagues after work.

But, overall, lockdown and physical distancing really hasn’t been such a great hardship.

Keeping up

Happily keeping up with (most of) my Five Ways to Mental Wellbeing.

Lots of time to reflect on Learning, and more to add. I have been very productive on the blog — more posts, more podcast episodes than ever before.

Selfishly, I am getting much more time to Take Notice, especially what’s going on in the garden.

Nearly missed this when cutting the grass — thyme-leaved speedwell, Veronica serpyllifolia
— 1p added for scale

Staying Active, mostly with the twice-weekly shop & deliver for my parents (and avoiding public transport) — still keeping close to 7.5k steps/day average.

And a new “activity” in the logs — gardening! (Even if my fitbit at first tried to categorise 65 minutes of digging as “sport”!)

Stats to 15th June

Connecting well enough. Phone calls & Twitter, WhatsApp group chats. I can be active on social media when it suits, and I get to choose when to join in, and when to tune out.

Back to coaching?

Coaching is re-starting. Some of my colleagues were back at the first opportunity.

Clubs can open their nets, and offer some outdoor coaching, but I haven’t heard from either of the clubs I coached with last summer.

Games are not allowed, and the constraints (understandable) really make it difficult to imagine much engagement from the younger players — 20 minutes S&C won’t fit the bill!

It’s looking like most schools won’t even start to re-open before the autumn term, and “external visitors” surely won’t be welcomed for some time after that.

Indoor facilities might start to re-open in the autumn, but will there be much call for coaching, straight away?

Quite possibly not.

But, being honest, I’m really not sure when I will want to go back to coaching , once lockdown is over.

And I’m fine with this, for now.

By Andrew Beaven

Cricket coach, fascinated by the possibilities offered by the game. More formally - ECB level 2 cricket coach; All Stars Cricket Activator & Tutor; Chance to Shine & Team Up (cricket) deliverer; ECB ACO umpire; ECB Coach Developer

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