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Meet England Cricketer Tammy Beaumont MBE!

England cricketer Tammy Beaumont MBE chats with Wealth Management firm JM Finn, who are proud sponsors of the upcoming School Notices U13 Girls Cricket Championship. In this exclusive interview find out all about her incredible cricketing career to date and why she is such a fantastic role model for aspiring young girls. As a Brand Ambassador for JM Finn, Tammy will be joining us on the big day to hold a fantastic batting workshop for all the participating school teams!

How did you get into cricket and at what age?

My older brother and Dad were both keen cricketers when I was younger and as a six year old I idolised my brother and copied most things he did. So when the coach asked me if I wanted to stay and join in with the summer cricket camp I had no reservations in saying yes; and getting to play cricket with my big bro!

I don’t think I played my first hard ball game until I was 8 years old, when my Dad who ran the local boys Under 11 team, which my brother played in, was struggling to get a team out. I sat down next to him and saw the boys he had left to ask if they could play and said, “But Dad, I can bat better than that one, and field better than him, why can’t I play!?” My mum was there and said “she’s right, you know!” And as they say the rest is history!

What was it that made you pursue a sport that has typically been the preserve of men?

I just fell in love with the game of cricket. It’s such an emotional rollercoaster, one game you could get out first ball, but take the important catch that wins the game, or you could get a 100 and your team lose. The high points often leave you wanting more. As a youngster I don’t think I realised it was a male dominated sport, although it did take me three years of playing in the boys’ team to learn that there were such things as girls’-only teams. I was just playing the game I loved, regardless of gender.

Did you come across some old-fashioned views when it came to dedicating your life to the game?

As a kid occasionally I’d be told cricket wasn’t for girls but on the whole I was very lucky to be supported by the people who mattered, like family, school teachers and coaches. I do still get asked if I can make a living out of being a professional female cricketer, or if I need a ‘real job’ alongside it.

Are your brothers jealous of your sporting success?

No, completely the opposite, they are incredibly proud and supportive and always have been. I do feel a little bad for my brother as he used to get a lot of sledging telling him his younger sister was better than him (which in my opinion was completely incorrect) but he just took it in his stride and would protect me fiercely if anyone tried to sledge me.

What do you think the benefits are for a mixed team and for a single sex team?

I think there are benefits to both. From my experience, mixed teams give a good variety of characters or personalities, and that diversity can help the team although there is possibly more competition and bravado in a mixed team. Single sex teams sometimes provide a safe environment to work in, where the individuals are more likely to express themselves and take on responsibility without as much fear of failure.

To non-cricketers, it’s about the match tea; what’s the best match tea you’ve had?

You can’t beat a Lord’s match tea. It’s a 3 course meal but unfortunately while we’re playing there is never enough time to enjoy it properly. I have a massive sweet tooth so any kind of dessert is a match tea must for me, but these days we have to be good with what we eat so it’s normally yoghurt and fruit instead of cake!

What advice would you give to a school leaver now looking to follow a career in sport?

A career in sport can be really rewarding, but it is also a harsh world at times. My advice would be to have a lot of interests outside of your sport as well as within. That way you’ll have some perspective to be able to stay grounded. I believe it’s important to know where you want to get to, have that as your goal and be realistic with where you currently are and make a plan on how to get there.

What were the pivotal steps that got you where you are now; and future plans?

I took a long time to find my feet at international level. I spent the first 5 years of my career yo-yoing in and out of the team. At the time I had a lot of doubts as to whether I was good enough to play at this level, and I spent a long time trying to fit into the team as a player that didn’t suit who I really was. I finally worked out what kind of person and cricketer I wanted to be and worked towards becoming that every day and only then did my performances start reflecting that.

Is there anything you wish you had been told before playing professionally that you would now pass on?

Enjoy and embrace every minute. Too soon it could all be over, be it through retirement, injury or poor performance, so you might as well get stuck into every moment and have no regrets.

Tammy Fact File:

Age: 31

Born: Dover

Lives: Loughborough, Leicestershire

Sporting hero: Sir Bradley Wiggins

Female icon: Michelle Obama

Night in or night out: Night out

Favourite film: Shawshank Redemption

Favourite book: Harry Potter Series

Twitter or Instagram: Instagram

JM Finn is kindly sponsoring the inaugural School Notices U13 Girls’ Cricket Championship at Marlborough College on Friday 20th May. Click here to find out more about this fantastic event.

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