Nick Pink visits France Cricket and reveals some great development work
ICC’s European Regional Development Manager Nick Pink travelled to France this week to visit France Cricket to gain an understanding of the work they are doing to develop the great game of cricket in Paris and other French regions. Here Nick provides some of his feedback to his visit.
France cricket is in a good position and is becoming a stronger federation with some very good staff in Mark Moodley and David Bordes leading the way with their tireless work ensuring cricket in France is in the very best position. Over my two day visit I was really impressed with the passion and enthusiasm demonstrated by both Mark and David and their real commitment to provide a long term sustainable base for cricket in the future.
Culturally they have to take a different approach to developing cricket in France, and the Federation have recently achieved incredible success by getting permission from the French primary school sports organisation (USEP) to deliver cricket training to French teachers. The aim by 2014 is to reach 200 primary schools and introduce several thousand French young people to the game of cricket.
At the same time they manage and run a domestic league with 1200 licensed players, a growing womens contingent, junior and senior cricket performance programmes and are looking at innovative ways they can attract sponsors to support the growing number of initiatives that they are putting in place.
There are some big challenges in the way with only two grounds available to be used in Paris, a lack of staff and volunteers to support the development of the game but this does not get in the way of Mark and David’s enthusiasm, as well as the French cricket board.
It really brought home to me the challenges yet opportunities for growth in cricket in France and across Europe and I am committed to support all our members to grow our great game.
Nick’s visit was crowned off by a visit to district 93, one of the most deprived districts in Paris and France, to take part in the weekly Drancy junior training session led by France Cricket’s volunteer coach Daniel Krzyzyk in Drancy’s local gymnasium.