Somerset’s Johann Myburgh has just started his second term working at Framlingham College in Suffolk, where he is coaching a variety of sports.
When we spoke with him earlier this week he seemed to be enjoying his winter role. “It’s been really good and I have thoroughly enjoyed the coaching side of things,” he said. “I’m working both at the Prep School and at the College. I like sport so it’s been good working with young people and trying to help them improve. In the autumn term it was mainly rugby although we did start some cricket and also I did some hockey and a little bit of golf as well.
“It’s been educational for me being at a boarding school, working in that environment and getting used to their systems as well as how they work. All of the procedures have helped me to learn a lot. It’s a lovely college and they do such a lot of good things here, so it’s a great place to have been able to spend my winter.”
When can we expect to see Johann back in Taunton? “I’ll be reporting back to Somerset in the last week of February,” he said. “Whilst I’ve been here I’ve kept in touch with Darren (Veness, Head of Strength & Conditioning) and Jamie (Thorpe, Lead Physio) regarding my fitness work and I’ve stayed on top of that. I’ll start hitting balls very shortly and will be slowly cranking it up towards the end of February. There’s still a fair amount of time for me to hit the number of balls I want to hit before the season starts, so I’m happy with where I am.”
Looking towards the new season Johann said: “After being frustrated by injury last season I’m really looking forward to it and I can’t wait to get going again. For me it’s always good to break away for a little bit and in the past I have gone to South Africa and hit some balls. It’s good to have time to reflect, re-set your goals and get your thoughts and ideas ready for the new season.
“It’s an exciting time for the Club with Tom Abell taking over as captain. He’s a smart guy and really level headed. He has all the tools to be a successful captain and hopefully with the support of all of the senior players he will lead from the front, as he does when he is out on the field and in the dressing room.”
This winter Johann has also enjoyed spending more time with his family as he explained: “ I really enjoy being a dad so to have time to spend with the family is great.”