Somerset vice captain Sophie Luff has just become a welcome addition to the team at the Somerset Cricket Board where she works as a part time community coach.
The 22 year old who hails from Lympsham has risen through the playing ranks since she first took up the game at a young age and started out with Somerset when she was 12..
Since then Luff, who attended Kings Of Wessex School in Cheddar before moving onto Cardiff Metropolitan University from where she graduated last summer, has played through the Somerset age groups before making her debut for the senior side.
This summer Luff played for the Western Storm in the inaugural Kia Super League and featured in every match.
After taking up the role Sophie said: “It’s a bit of a dream job for me to be involved in cricket like this because it’s a massive part of my life. It’s nice to be able to give something back to the game. I go in to schools and deliver the Chance to Shine programme and I’m also doing some work for the SCB, helping them to run their indoor leagues as well. Going in to schools is very rewarding and I spend a lot of time working with girls. It’s nice for me to be involved with bringing through the next crop of players.
“Even though I’m still only 22 I’ve been involved with cricket for a long time and I’ve seen women’s cricket grow. To see girls now having the chance to get involved in cricket at school is very exciting. Having a female role model delivering the coaching sessions is massively important. For girls to have the chance to play cricket in school is great and to have someone who is involved in the game is a great help and makes a massive difference. I’m also working with the Girls Emerging Player Programme which starts after half term, which is another great opportunity for me to share my experiences with them.”
Talking about her summer experience playing for Western Storm Sophie said: “ It was great to play alongside Anya Shrubsole and Heather Knight as well as Stafanie Taylor, who is one of the best I have ever seen. Even though the games were played over a short time span it was a brilliant experience to be involved with.”
This winter Sophie is hoping to get selected onto the England Academy again. “This will be my fourth year, which runs up until Christmas and I am also working hard on my own game with skills sessions and fitness work in the gym. I progressed through the Somerset pathway from when I was 12 so I hope that I can help lots of others to follow in my footsteps in the future.”