18 June 2010 INTERVIEW WITH SHAUN POLLOCK ON THE 2010 FATHERS AND SONS EVENT Coming up in August, and now in its third year, is Toyota’s successful Fathers and Sons Cricket Coaching day, which is held in Durban, East London, and Johannesburg. This event is a must for any fathers and sons with an interest in cricket, and it includes coaching from a number of professional cricketers. One of those cricketers, who will be hosting the event, is retired star Shaun Pollock, or Polly if you prefer, our ex-captain and one of the game’s great all- rounders. I had a chat with him about the event and cricket in general… Pollock doesn’t often get the chance to coach young boys. “I have 2 girls myself”, he tells me. But despite having no sons of his own he enjoys the events, which he says are “a lot of fun”, while stressing that it’s not a completely frivolous exercise. “I think the idea is to get someone with a history as a professional cricketer, who can provide some expert coaching in a setting that’s enjoyable”, he says, adding that “it’s important to have the fundamental steps before you start growing as a player, otherwise you develop bad habits early on”. And the Fathers and Sons event is not just for the boys. “It’s also important for the dads to get some good coaching tips too so they can pass it on to the kids, and it’s also about a day that everyone can enjoy – moms and daughters are also welcome”. As the member of one of SA cricket’s most impressive families, his dad being former SA fast-bowler Peter Pollock and his uncle the legendary all-rounder Graeme Pollock, Polly knows the value of coaching first hand. “It was important to have my dad around – the fundamentals were given to me at an early age and it was because of this that my game was able to develop”. This doesn’t mean that Pollock feels it’s a good idea to force the game on your kids. “My dad didn’t put me under a lot of pressure – I think that’s important, and any parents who want their kids to do well at sport should stress the enjoyment factor, rather than emphasizing results and winning”, he says, adding that fun is what Father & Sons is all about. I ask Pollock how it feels to be retired. “I’d be lying if I said there were not moments where I miss it – like when I see the Proteas doing well now, but to be honest I think I had my share, I don’t even watch too much of it myself now. If I had to choose one thing I miss the most it’s probably the batting more than the bowling”. Despite saying that he isn’t too concerned with what’s happening now, he is certainly knowledgeable about the current state of SA cricket. When I ask about standout players he says “Dale Steyn has been amazing – he’s a match winner, we need that kind of speed when it comes to bowling. Morne Morkel too, with the two of them playing I know that SA cricket is in good hands”, he says. And with Polly coaching the kids at this year’s event, we know they’re in good hands too! Tickets for Fathers and Sons are R95 and must be booked in advance. For more details on the event, and to register, go here: http://toyotafatherandson.socialmediarelease.co.za/.