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What it's like to work for Kent County Cricket Club. What you do and who you meet
A Cricket Dressing Room Attendant
or as I prefer, 'Players Environmental and General Wellbeing Executive' !
Around the County circuit, the job description for a Dressing Room Attendant varies quite a lot. Some have an Attendant who mainly tends to the Cricket Player's needs such as supplying Tea at regular intervals and generally keeping an eye on security etc. with a separate 'Cleaner' in the evenings.
At Canterbury, the Dressing Room Attendant does everything, which for me is better because, although it's a long day, I have a handle on everything going on around me.
Rather than attempting the almost impossible task of writing a job description, I'll just go through 'an average' day at the St. Lawrence Ground for me.
0800 - Arrive. I wear yesterdays Kit to work, have a shower, put on some clean Kit and wash the old set. This also starts of the procedure of washing some 40 towels from the previous evening baring in mind that some Players are going to want a shower when they come in as well.
Fill up the Drinks Cabinet with Water and Sports Drinks.
2200 - 2300 - A cup of Coffee on the Balcony, the work done and time to go home!
Another slight variation on a theme is that, at Kent, the Attendant also looks after the opposition. The larger Test Match grounds have an Attendant for each.
This makes life harder but does give you the opportunity to get to know many world class cricketers and the genuinely nice County Players - and believe me, they are 99% OK.
Two Baths. One's for the dreaded Ice Bath in which the players sit for 15 minutes and the other is the Hot one which they climb into causing great floods!
Another perk is that you get to go around the Grounds as a guest with the Team. Here I am with Scorer Jack Foley in the Lord's Dressing Room, somewhere I never dreamt of being one day!_____________________________
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The Room Attendant at the Oval some years back left the room just before the start. The 'famous England opening batsman' went out and was given out first ball. He returned to the Dressing Room somewhat disgusted with himself and sat down on the Bench. The Room Attendant returned, "You'd better get going Mate, they've already rung the Bell".
Apparently this didn't exactly go down well, but the Attendant did survive a physical beating - not a verbal one !