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Kevin Smith is head of boys PE and sport at Westbourne House School in Chichester.  

 

He played county cricket for Sussex CCC in the late 1970s before joining Westbourne House and taking up took his current post in the 1990s.

 

Kevin also coaches the 1st XI cricket and football as well as rugby and hockey teams.

 

What school did you go to?

 

I attended my local village school Ringmer Secondary Modern in East Sussex.

 

What was your earliest sporting memory?

 

I can remember my poor grandfather bowling to me for hours in the back garden. At the end of play I would write the score on the shed wall, the game would then resume the following evening.  My run tally was immense and I can’t remember Grandad ever getting a bat. I also remember the 1966 World Cup triumph, although only a younster, it was something very special.

 

Who were your sporting heroes growing up?

 

Being a huge Chelsea fan, Peter Bonetti was my hero. “The Cat” was outstanding during his time at the club. Another hero was Clive Radley of Middlesex and England. I remember queuing for his autograph and then three years’ later I was fortunate enough to make my debut for Sussex at Lords, where I caught him out, although he had scored 100 by then! More recently I have been a great admirer of the fantastic AP McCoy.

 

My best and worst memories of school.

 

I captained both football and cricket teams at school being fairly successful. My dad was an avid watcher and very vocal. The other lads loved his input and coaching and I hated it. He got better as I got older and would often ask how I got on in a county match. When I replied he would say “ I know I was there!”

 

Can you recall a memorable sports teacher?

 

Believe it or not, I am still in touch with one of my sports’ teachers – Martin Burgess. He really inspired me and we were much equals by the time I left School. We have since played cricket together and are friends on Facebook.

 

What sports do you play these days?

 

At a six day a week school, most of my time is committed to coaching these days, however, I still manage to play cricket for the MCC, get in the odd round of golf, and keep fit on the squash court. In the last ten years I have competed in the Great South Run and completed the London to Brighton cycle race.

 

What is your favourite sporting memory?

 

I was lucky enough to make the highest score in a County Cricket Championship match against Kent. The deadly Derek Underwood was the star but I managed to out-score my illustrious colleagues including Javed Miandad and Imran Khan. Straight after the match I did my first radio interview, making me feel really special.

 

What’s been your most embarrassing sporting moment?

 

I made 0 in my first innings at Lords in front of a packed crowd. It is a very long and lonely walk from the dressing room down the stairs, through the long room and out onto the field. I also scored at both ends in a 1-1 draw scoring passed my own father who was in goal.

 

What’s your biggest sporting bugbear?

 

I am a huge soccer fan but I do hate all the antics including diving and constantly being in the referee’s face. I would introduce a sin bin for players who cross that line.

 

When was the last time you cried at a sporting event?

 

I am a bit of a cry baby and have even been known to shed a tear watching Toy story. When John Terry missed the vital penalty in the Man United Chelsea European cup final I was devastated.

 

Which three people would you like to have around for dinner and why?

 

Has to be David Beckham who has been a great role model for the game both on and off the field. I would be interested to have Tiger Woods tell his story and Shane Warne the great leg spinner to spill the beans on his best sledging.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MY SPORTING LIFE