Our Founder, Mark Edworthy, has been talking about Thrives association with our sporting Ambassadors, during what is an exciting Summer of Sport! Thrive Hubs is proud to have links with two sports personalities, pro-golfer David Howell and Somerset County Cricketer, Peter Trego.
We grab two minutes with Mark Edworthy, co-founder of Thrive Hubs, to hear what he makes of Peter’s performance so far this year.
“Peter Trego is another tremendous athlete. Like David Howell, he’s another sports person that has shown that the combination of focus, hard work and determination can achieve sterling results. Over the past few years, Peter has shown incredible focus and has been relentless in his mission to get himself in peak physical condition and he is in truly amazing shape. He is enjoying a really good season at Somerset. We’ve been mainly focussed on the T20 series and have loved going to watch Peter in action. A highlight was watching Peter’s team mate, Gayle hit 151 in 66 balls which is pretty much the best ever innings in the T20 tournament.
We see our relationship with Peter being a long-term one and we are already in discussions about future collaborations under the Thrive umbrella – watch this space!”
We also caught up with Peter on his benefit year, the Somerset season and his thoughts on the ashes in a short Q&A.
How are you enjoying your benefit year so far?
It has been fantastic and a big honour; there have been some brilliant events, which have received full support from the Somerset community. The opening night on the Grand Pier was a huge hit; great music, great comedy and everyone had a great time. It really was a great way to kick off the year.
What have you got coming up that you are particularly looking forward to?
Exciting things! We are holding a celebrity football match at Weston-super-Mare in November ‘Pete Trego XI v PFA All Stars’, involving ex-professional and international players. We even managed to get Big Ron aka Ron Atkinson (ex Manchester United manager) to manage the team.
Another big upcoming event, is a Gala dinner being held in October at the long room at Lords cricket grounds, which is really special through being the holy turf and spiritual home of cricket. We will host around 150-180 people in a room, inviting special guests in the world of sport.
I am truly grateful for the support from the Somerset and Thrive community so far, and I hope this continues throughout the year.
What are your thoughts on England regaining the Ashes?
The best part about the Ashes has been the nations interest. Its great to see so many people attending matches, watching on TV and talking about cricket.
England in the past has been relatively dysfunctional, which like in business can be damaging. Togetherness, harmony and a strong work ethic are what the team and management should be working towards.
Now that England are having a glimpse of what a future without Jimmy Anderson looks like, who would you like to see coming to the fore in the next couple of years?
I’d like to see Mark Wood or the Somerset Overton brothers coming to the fore in the next couple of years for the England team. I would also like to see spin bowling more encouraged in clubs, particularly encouraged amongst young talent. It can be tough for young cricketers attempting spin bowling as you often get hit around the park, however it will pay off in the long run to develop these skills.
The real focus for England in the next 5 years moving forward should be to produce a top quality spinner, we have been missing one for a while. Alongside their strong current bowling attack this would be the missing piece of the jigsaw.
How would you sum up the season for Somerset to date for the club overall?
So far, it hasn’t been a vintage season, we are half way through and as a team we have lacked consistency. We are in a period of bringing in a lot of young talent in the area, whereas in the past we had a more senior team, which through having more experience, was naturally more consistent. However bringing in new talent is a great way of building for the future. We won a fantastic County Championship game against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge in May, which shows we are going in the right direction. The young talent have a lot of potential and can go far.
Personally, what have been your highlights so far?
We recently went up to Scarborough to take on Yorkshire in the One-Day Cup. It’s a really tough place to go and they love their cricket. We went up there and turned them over, it was a commanding performance from our improving team.
It is really rewarding to help the younger players, especially with the technical aspects of the game. We are seeing top quality players coming through, and it is hugely important to set an example, which I take very seriously. It is difficult for them going through the transformation to a professional team, but we have a strong work ethic and culture at the club, which I am very proud to help drive. Similar to being in business it mirrors how a strong work ethic and culture is vital to ensure goals are achieved.
What are your (and the teams) goals for the remainder of the season?
To finish as high up in the County Championship as we can and to maintain our Division 1 status, which Somerset is very proud of achieving.
We are in a mid table position at present, and as the next 2-3 months are crucial for determining where the club will go in the next 2-3 years we are really pushing to finish as high as we can.
Peter Trego celebrates his career with Somerset CCC with his benefit year 2015, reaching the impressive milestone of 500 first class appearances, scoring over 14,000 runs and taking nearly 600 wickets.
To keep up-to-date with upcoming events and news on Peters benefit year, visit www.tregs2015.com.