DCF 'Intergration Project' well underway

Wed, May 12, 2010 4:36 PM

The new DCF "Integration Project" is now well and truly underway across the Country. Recent activities have seen the coaching team spread themselves far and wide as they have set about "Grass Roots" development through both School and SFO visits.

DCF Coach, Simon Talbot has recently run an ICC Europe Introduction to Cricket for teachers course at Marie Jørgensen Skole in Odense, sixteen teachers from four project schools attended an action packed three hours, where they were introduced to the "Cricket the DCF Way" programme. Feedback from the teachers themselves has been fantastic, many had not realised the potential of the game in the Danish school environment, and all schools left with KWIK Cricket sets ready to unleash upon the school children of Odense. Simon will be following up the teachers course with a number of visits to the project schools to help the teachers further deliver the programme.

Fionia coach and local teacher, Rupert Dale was very pleased with the outcome of the day, "It was great to bring so many teachers together, I have been trying to do this for a few years now, but with little success. At the end of the day we all sat down over tea and agreed that we should stay in contact, and look to advance the day by organizing a cricket festival at the club in August. We are looking forward to the DCF visits in May and June, and we are hoping to put cricket back on the school programme in a big way over the next few weeks and months".

School Visits have again been very high on the sports development agenda, as both Kolding (KIF) and Herning Cricket Clubs in Jutland have continued their development programmes over the past month. Kolding (KIF’s) overseas player coach, Andrew Amos has again been one of the most active members of the team carrying out sessions in both Forbundskolen and Alminde Viuf Skole. Feedback from the visits has again been outstanding, and Andrew continues to report children showing a great interest in taking the game up on a more permanent basis.

A little further North West in Herning, DCF coaches Simon Talbot and Jacob Larsen have been equally busy setting up and carrying out coaching sessions in and around the Mid Jutland Region. Schools visited so far in Herning have been Brængårdskolen and Søndreragerskole, and feedback from both schools has again been very positive. In the meantime further visits are planned in and around the Herning area, as well as Viborg and Horsens in due course.

Elsewhere around the Country, in Copenhagen, Simon Talbot assisted by Bret Mulder (Svanholm CC) have been busy spreading the game to the future Danish teachers from Copenhagen University and more locally with the SFO (Youth Club) leaders from Brondby.

Both courses were completely different in their delivery, the later being given more instruction on how to get games moving quickly right from the start of a session, "organisaton and safety" being the priorities, where as the future teachers were given a lot more "What to/How to" skills as well of course as the former.

Feedback from both groups was again very positive, and future INSET visits are planned in the future. At the close of play all participants were invited back to the clubhouse, where tea was taken. DCF coach Simon Talbot, also outlined the many possibilities to download resources for cricket, the main one being however the "Teach Cricket" resource from the ICC - Europe Website.

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