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ICC to reward KNCB with the Pepsi ICC Regional Support Programme Grant 2013

Thu, Dec 20, 2012 11:47 AM


The KNCB is happy to announce the ICC has rewarded the Dutch Cricket Council with the Pepsi ICC Regional Support Programme Grant 2013, to build youth cricket from grassroots.

The Pepsi ICC Regional Support Programme Grant enables the KNCB to facilitate two full time development officers to build the cricketing organisation needed to chase the aims and objectives stated in the National Youth Plan ‘Developing Cricket Together’.

In 2010 the KNCB started a campaign to raise awareness amongst club boards and representatives of the need to reform and rebuild cricket in The Netherlands from grassroots, notably youth. This resulted in the National Youth Plan ‘Developing Cricket Together’, being compiled in cooperation with clubs, and approved by the KNCB Board and club boards during the General Meeting in November 2011. The target has been set to raise the number of club youth members from a 1000 today to 1400 in the coming years.
The Pepsi ICC Regional Support Programme Grant is an annual award given by ICC Europe to members to develop in-country participation and grassroots cricket.

National Youth Plan ‘Developing Cricket Together’: Aims and Objectives
The National Youth Plan ‘Developing Cricket Together’ was launched in January 2012 and included aims and objectives to sport clubs and their communities:
1. To raise the number of active qualified (ECB Level 2) native club coaches to support (youth-) coaching summer and winter programs.
2. To develop school cricket to raise the awareness of cricket in the Netherlands and to develop youth cricket at clubs from grassroots.
3. To transform KNCB part time Regional Development Officers into two Cricket Development Officers on a full time contract, to support coaching at schools and to support clubs in their cooperation with regional cricket clubs, town councils, neighbouring schools and sports organizations.

The KNCB Cricket Development Officers have outlined 7 main targets in their KNCB Action Youth Plan for year 2, to align with the National Youth Plan ‘Developing Cricket Together’:

1. To run school community and club-linked programs/competitions alongside the KNCB national youth competitions
2. To run a coach development program, introductory courses for teachers, parents and youngsters
3. To organise holiday coaching programs
4. To develop a volunteer program to help clubs recruit more volunteers into the club environment
5. To deliver ‘Cage Cricket’ to expand opportunities to grow cricket in inner cities and town parks
6. To use ‘Cricket Factory’ as a vehicle to approach potential young cricketers with visually impactful
equipment for schools, communities and clubs
7. To create opportunities for girls to enter cricket.

By structural attention, communication and research, as well as keeping track of numbers of players, the Youth Development Plan ‘Developing Cricket Together’ is a tailor-made long term program, connecting KNCB and the clubs, with programs and views shared by all parties involved.

The KNCB CEO Richard Cox and Cricket Development Manager Marike Dickmann are delighted the Pepsi ICC Regional Support Programme Grant enables the Royal Netherlands Cricket Board and the clubs to build the cricketing organisation to achieve the aims and objectives stated in the National Youth plan at full speed.

ICC Europe Regional Development Manager Nick Pink: “Working alongside the KNCB through our regional support programme front is a great way we can align our objectives to the development needs of our members. We are excited by KNCB’s plans and wish them every success”.



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