Guernsey Cricket Board release their Coach Education Programme

Mon, Nov 8, 2010 2:55 PM

The Guernsey Cricket Board wants to get more people involved with coaching cricket to help deliver its development plan over the coming years. The Coach Education Programme is set to run over three years and aims at up skilling coaches to work across all levels from in school through to the PwC Schools of Excellence.

"Teaching people and being part of an individual's development as a human being is a wonderful privilege, and one that can bring great satisfaction. Whether you are the parent of a child involved in the game, recently retired from playing or just fancy a new challenge, coaching with the GCB can offer you some wonderful experiences." said Jason Shambrook, GCB Cricket Development Manager.

The GCB regularly send teams to England and across the water to Jersey, and have sent teams to Holland, Ireland, Scotland, Spain, South Africa, UAE and Singapore in recent times.

"We are able to offer people a complete pathway through ICC & ECB to get involved in coaching cricket, with opportunities in schools, clubs, courses and representative squads. The ECB Cricket Young Leaders Award is the first rung on the ladder and can be taken by anyone aged 14 or above.

"The programme equips candidates with skills not only important in sport but other spheres of life also. I am lucky enough to be working towards my UKCC4 which has gained the status of a post graduate degree through Cheltenham & Gloucester University." says the GCB Lead Cricket Development Coach, Jeremy Frith.

Tim Belton is somebody who has already gone down this pathway and is someone whom the GCB wish they had more of. Tim devotes hours of his own personal time to coaching and this was recognised in 2009 by an award from ICC Europe.

Tim Belton added, "I have been involved in coaching for more than 10 years now. Initially I did the coaching course just because I enjoyed cricket and I found it was something that helped my own game. I am always surprised at how much coaching techniques have changed since I was young and it is great to be able to pass on new ideas to the youngsters."

"I have been lucky to coach some very talented players who, more importantly, have a great attitude and this makes the coaching so enjoyable. I am looking forward to seeing players that I have coached from the age of 8 playing for the senior Island team in the future, which some of them undoubtedly will."

The programme in 2011 is as follows:

UKCC1 Coaching Assistant 7th – 9th January 2011 Open to 15 – Adult

ECB Young Leaders Award 25th March & 8th April 2011 Open to 14 – 18 year olds

CDW (Fielders & Wicket-Keepers) 18th March Open to Level 2 coaches

CDW (Coaching in the nets) 1st April Open to Level 2 coaches

UKCC2 Coach Award October (dates tbc) Open to 18 – adult

Anybody interested in attending one of the courses should contact Jeremy Frith at the Guernsey Cricket Board on 01481 210200 or email < a href=" " target="_blank"> Further information is available online at

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