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Coach education in full swing this winter in Ireland

Tue, Dec 7, 2010 12:49 PM


Ireland's development of coaches has been in full swing again this winter none more so than the Introduction to cricket course held in Dublin last month.

The ICC Introduction to Cricket Course was run at North County Cricket Club, Balrothery, Co. Dublin, it included providing the 20 participants with a basic understanding of the game and basic education in playing and coaching, umpiring and scoring.

Course instructor and Ireland Women's National Coach, Stephen Moreton feels that this is the best course available to develop the game in Ireland: "This is the most popular course here in Ireland and offers the perfect opportunity for parents, teacher and volunteers to obtain basic cricket knowledge in their own clubs and schools."

"Cricket in Ireland has seen unprecedented growth at grass roots level in recent years and we play a vital role as tutors to run courses and to educate our new coaches to the highest of standards. The ICC introduction course covers all the vital areas that a coach will need when entering the coaching pathway for the first time". Moreton concludes.

Cricket Ireland are extremely keen to push on the development and support at club level with these courses. Brian O'Rourke speaking on behalf of Cricket Ireland is delighted to have embarked on a winter season of Coaching Courses. "The two main focuses of the courses is to support clubs that have no coaches at all, and secondly to support the senior coaches at each club with a coaching 'team' of able coaching assistants. This will allow the standard we require to be coached at club level, and drive the game from the grass roots."

Finally, one of the participants Adrian Campbell says the course has been very beneficial especially in one of his weaker areas as he explains: "Bowling is an area I always find difficult to explain to beginners, however, we were shown a simple and easy way to teach the fundamentals of bowling in an easy to follow way."



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