The first Luxembourg Development Conference to be held next week

Fri, Feb 10, 2012 10:40 PM

The first Luxembourg Development Conference ‘Cricket in Schools’ is to be held in Luxembourg on 15 February.

The Conference which is taking place at the Comité Olympique et Sportif Luxembourgeois (COSL) Head Quarters in Strassen was based on the ICC European Coaches Conference held in Guernsey last month.

It will bring together current and future coaches to discuss the aim of introducing cricket to local as well as expatriate schools in Luxembourg, as ways of coaching the game to children and young people.

Particular attention will be paid to recruiting teachers within schools and training them to become coaches. The conference will also cover girls’ cricket and how to establish a structure to provide for a strong women’s cricket scene.

Ben Embleton, who is Cricket Development Officer for Luxembourg is delighted with the set-up of the conference; “We really feel that a 'Cricket in Schools' theme will be really helpful for our future planning. I am continuing to get success in both the expatriate and local schools and we are keen to encourage teachers within schools to think about coaching themselves.

“The conference is considerably smaller than the conference that was organised by ICC Europe in Guernsey a couple of weeks ago, but we have used the guide and tried to make the broadest agenda possible for one evening,” concludes Embleton.

The conference program consists of the following:
Vision of the Luxembourg Cricket Federation
The Luxembourg Cricket Federation will explain their coaching and development vision for the future, and how they feel the hiring of the new Cricket Development Officer will develop not only the coaching provision within the present club structure but increasing participation and coaching in schools.

Women’s and Girl’s Cricket in Luxembourg
The history of women’s cricket in Luxembourg will be outlined briefly before turning the attention to the situation today and how, particularly in schools, its introduction can lead to an even stronger women’s scene for the future.

Coach Development in Luxembourg
The new Cricket Development Officer will briefly cover his progress so far in Luxembourg before building on how this can be developed into the future. Particular attention will be paid to how coaches can be recruited within schools, how cricket can become a regular part of Luxembourg school life and how the current coaches can supplement school activity to provide an attractive environment for those children and young people who want to make the step from school into club cricket.

Primary School Cricket
Two representatives from LASEP, whose aim is to promote and organise all kinds of sporting activities as well as to develop and to sustain the spirit of sport in the Luxembourgish pre-schools and primary schools, will explain to the conference their work and the opportunities afforded to develop cricket coaching within the primary schools. This will be followed by a round-table discussion on introducing cricket into primary schools and recruiting coaches, mostly teachers, to continue the development of the game.

Cricket in Secondary Schools
Marty Davis, the Rugby Federation’s Development Officer for Luxembourg since 2004, will share his experiences on the successful introduction of rugby into a wide range of secondary schools in the Grand Duchy. Of particular interest to us is how he has recruited coaches within the schools so that rugby can be played regularly and how they are trained. This talk will also be followed by a discussion of how his experiences can help the current and future coaches of cricket in Luxembourg to be successful in the local schools.

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