ECB Coaching Assistant course in Germany is a great success
Wed, Dec 14, 2011 10:09 PM
The first weekend of October saw the first ECB Coaching Assistant (UKCC1) course in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) for five years. As expected, the interest was high as eighteen cricketers from the area registered for the course, all of them taking and passing the examination.
Recent seasons have seen the amount of youth work in Germany’s most populous region grow considerably and the region’s cricketers were very quick in making the course a sell-out.
Participants on the course held in Dusseldorf, ranged from national players such as Tarun Rawat (Düsseldorf Black Caps CC) and Mudassar Razzaq (Dortmund CC). It also included beginners who are introducing cricket into schools such as Daniel Mühlenhoff (Lessing Gymnasium Köln) and Rudolf Moj (Kreuzgasse Gymnasium Cologne).
The course was a huge success and this was largely due to the two coaches from ICC Europe. Dave Gelling and Stephen Moreton lead the course and all of the participants were very impressed.
Prasad Buwanekabahu from Bonn CC called the course, “the best thing that has ever happened in North Rhine-Westphalia cricket” and has now begun introducing cricket into two new schools in the Bonn area.
Other newly qualified coaches have returned to their clubs and schools with a host of ideas that they can use in their cricket coaching and some of them have taken up their first appointments. Richard Burns (ASV Cologne) has been appointed youth officer in NRW and Matthew Powell (also ASV Cologne) will take on the role of coach to the NRW women’s team.
The result of this course will hopefully be even more youth and school work in the NRW region ahead of the newly formed NRW Youth League which will kick off at the beginning of the 2012 season.