Cricket Scotland recruiting for community cricket coaches

Tue, Nov 29, 2011 9:34 PM

Cricket Scotland recruiting for community cricket coaches
Summer squad unveiled
Cricket Scotland, with funding support from ICC Europe, is recruiting a new team of community cricket coaches - the 2012 Summer Squad. This exciting programme will increase the number of children able to enjoy cricket coaching throughout Scotland, with the aim of strengthening links between cricket clubs and schools.

Starting in February and running for twenty weeks, these community coaches will be available to work with boys and girls in primary schools for four days each week. Local Area Development Groups, with the support of Cricket Scotland's Cricket Development Managers, can secure the services of a coach if they wish to develop better links between their schools and their local cricket clubs. Each successful Area Development Group will be granted 50% of the funds required to employ a coach, with a further 50% raised themselves.

Steve Paige, Head of Community Development for Cricket Scotland spoke about this announcement, saying, "ICC Europe are recognising the potential for cricket in Scotland to grow and I thank them for their support for one of the most exciting projects I've been involved in. By putting more cricket coaches into the community we hope to see an increase in the number of young people enjoying cricket, playing in school festivals as part of the Asda National Primary Schools Competition and ultimately joining local clubs."

Chris Porter Regional Development Officer from ICC Europe commented, "The Summer Squad project is a fantastic development project and has the potential to significantly increase participation. Cricket Scotland has been working hard and has focused a lot of resource to develop the game of cricket at a 'grass roots' level. The mixture of School Club Partnerships and the impact of having high quality coaches working within the two environments is a recipe for success.

"ICC Europe supports the Summer Squad project because it has clear links to the Pepsi ICC Development Programme aims and objectives for 2015. One of which is to increase participation to 1 Million worldwide. On behalf of ICC Europe we wish Cricket Scotland every success for the future," concluded Porter.

To apply for a coach position, Area Development Groups should contact their Cricket Development Manager, with the closing date for applications being 9 January 2012. Groups will be notified of whether they have been successful on 10 January 2012 with the recruitment of new coaches taking place during the same month.

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