Twenty-five aspiring cricket coaches are in the process of undertaking the ICC Europe Coach Award course. The course is designed to produce more coaches to assist in Jersey Cricket Board and Club Cricket development programmes. The twenty hour course has been led by National Coach, Neil MacRae and Cricket Development Officer, Lee Meloy at Oakfield and Langford Sports Centres.
The course provides a comprehensive programme of coaching skills and philosophies and explains how to organise various coaching activities designed to make cricket for young people both instructive and enjoyable. Learning about cricket while playing modified games is an important part of the course. The coach education process also includes Child Protection and First Aid courses together with a police check.
The Jersey Cricket Coaches Association, which is sponsored by Standard Bank, has been instrumental in providing a coach education programme for nearly 30 years and is an integral part of the Jersey Cricket Board's plans for cricket development.
Chris Minty, Chief Executive Officer of the Jersey Cricket Board explained that properly qualified cricket coaches were a vital element in the Jersey Cricket Board's plans for the development of cricket in Jersey Cricket Board and Club Cricket development programmes. "Any coach education programme involves significant expense and we are very grateful for the continued support of Standard Bank in our efforts to maintain our development programmes."
Claire Reid, Head of Marketing, Standard Bank said the scheme is a credit to Jersey cricket: 'To have twenty-five new coaches undergoing training in Jersey is testament to the hard work Jersey Cricket Board does in encouraging and enthusing the game in the island. We are delighted to be supporting such a positive initiative which will help safeguard a strong Cricketing future for the Island.'