Half Century for Denmark
A year in cricket is a long time as we all know, but the past year in Denmark has seen many changes from "Grass Roots to the World Cricket League Arena". For example, this weekend in Vejle, Jutland, and the fiftieth ICC-Europe/ECB Coach passed their level one coaching qualification under the tutorage of David Gelling and Danish National Coach, Simon Talbot.
Fifteen coaches from all over Denmark attended the third ECB/UKCC Level I"Coach Assistant" course at the magnificent sports facilities at Vejle Sports Academy. All present were run through the new ECB syllabus, learning"What to and How to" coach and run different small sided games and activities over the duration of the weekend.
Århus Cricket Club were particularly well represented on the course, Coaches Philip Sander-Mansfield and Josh Hodge explain some of the weekends activities."The weekend has been a great learning opportunity for all of us here at Århus Cricket Club. We are in the process of setting up a new Youth Section at the Club, and the course here has given us the perfect introduction to how to deliver the foundation of coaching both at the club and with local schools where we hope to recruit our players of the future".
DCF National Coach, Simon Talbot, further highlighted the importance of the ICC-Europe Programme in Denmark."We are simply a part of the huge picture that is ICC – Europe Cricket Development. The Coach Education programme here in Denmark is essential to the continued development of the game here in Denmark, and indeed Scandinavia. With the help of ICC Europe and David Gelling we are now in a position where fifty coaches are out in our clubs and schools promoting this wonderful game.
"The work does not stop here either, we will be running Coach Development Workshops in January 2011, and a further ECB level II in April the same year. We are also fortunate that Freddie Klokker will be attending Level III in the New Year as well.
"The future of the game is in"Safe hands" with the support we receive from ICC Europe. It is up to us now to go out into the Danish cricket world and make sure that we maintain the standards we have all learnt over the last year, I certainly hope to be in the position to celebrate our century this time next year!"