ICC Europe Coach Consultant leads coach education course near Venice

Sun, Jan 25, 2009 5:00 PM

On 25-26 January 2009, Casteller CC in Paese (near Venice) hosted its first official Federazione Cricket Italiana (FCrI) Istruttore Federale coach education course at Casteller Scoula Media, a local middle school.

The course, co-led by Kelum Perera (Cricket Development Officer for FCrI) and Richard O'Sullivan (ICC-Europe Coach Consultant), officially qualifies participants to introduce cricket in schools on behalf of the FCrI; however the participant has to prove competence via a short assessment of their cricket knowledge, demonstration skills, and child protection and safety knowledge.

The main driving force behind the project, Rosy Giunta, is the school's PE teacher and such is her enthusiasm she now sits on Federazione Cricket Italiana's Development Committee. The running of the course was a significant development outcome in itself as over the last two years Perera has offered his expertise to Castellar CC within the school, but there was no formal coaching programme in place. The project has also been supported by local residents from a mixture of cricketing backgrounds so that the club could field a team in the Italian Serie C last year.

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