Jersey's Gemma Dunning talks to ICC Europe ahead of the Centre of Excellence

Thu, Apr 12, 2012 3:58 PM

The ICC European Centre of Excellence which heads back to La Manga this year is an integral part of the ICC European Player Development Programme, reaching many players and coaches across Europe, Jersey's Gemma Dunning gives us an insight into a country participant at this event.

The event running from 12-17 April, in a hopefully sunny Spain will be a fantastic experience for the 18 players, as one of the country coaches Gemma Dunning is accompanying Rhys Palmer and Jack Maton, she is hoping to develop her own coaching skills, "I'm really looking forward to experiencing my first Centre of Excellence! I hope it will be a challenging and rewarding experience for many different reasons.

"It's always great to meet new people, share new ideas and experiences. I hope to display some of my coaching skills and learn masses from the coaches I'll be working alongside; coming back an improved and more knowledgeable coach,? says Dunning.

Rhys Palmer and Jack Maton both 15 year-olds who have been selected for the Centre of Excellence have worked hard this winter, "Rhys and Jack have both worked hard this winter (especially with the centre in mind) I know they are looking forward to displaying their skills, learning new ones and training and playing against boys of a similar age from numerous countries. I hope that they will be pushed physically and mentally, and return to Jersey having had a great experience, learning masses about themselves and as cricketers," says Dunning.

Jersey Cricket Board is really looking to push the junior section of their programme both with increase in participation and performance explains Dunning, "I personally feel that our junior section is at a very exciting period. The juniors involved just cannot get enough. We have numerous touring teams visiting, plenty of playing opportunities and many cricket camps/schools being run throughout the summer. It promises to be an exciting year for junior cricket."

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