Andrew Griffiths is a face that regular visitors to the Cooper Associates County Ground will get to know over the coming months due to his involvement with both the First XI and the younger players coming through the Club.
“My main role is First XI performance analyst at Somerset as well as coach of the Under 13’s,” he explained when we caught up with him this week. “In addition to this I will be working with all the age group sides this winter and leading the sessions in the north of the county at Downside School. I’m also involved with the Academy and the Emerging Player Programme, combining my analyst and coaching roles.”
‘Griff’ as he is affectionately known comes from the same part of the county as Somerset legend Marcus Trescothick as he explained: “I am from Oldland Common in Bristol and went to Sir Bernard Lovell School, the same as ‘Tres’”. When I was at school he was obviously somebody I looked up to, in fact I have a photograph of me in Year 7 very nervously meeting him when he came back soon after he helped England win the Ashes in 2005. It’s crazy to think that 11 years on I’m working alongside him with Somerset.
“I graduated from the University of Bath in 2015 where, on my placement year, I was performance analyst intern with Gloucestershire. Last season I worked with Notts where I was First XI analyst as well as Somerset Under 13’s coach. It’s safe to say I won’t miss the regular four hour commute from Taunton to Nottingham!”
‘Griff’ explained what it is that he finds so special about working with the Club. “Somerset is unlike any other county that I have been involved with in terms of the family atmosphere that there is here,” he said. “There can’t be many clubs where you would have a lad on the EPP doing his strength and conditioning work while being encouraged by one of the first team players on the bike next to him. In my analyst role I will be at all first team home matches and when the guys are on the road I’ll be able to undertake more coaching and attend Under 13 matches.”
“It’s a really exciting time to be working here. We have some talented players right through the pathway from Under 10’s all the way up to the first team and it’s brilliant to be involved with all of these first hand. Hopefully this can be a really successful period for the Club”.