Finland gives great support to its junior development programme

Tue, Jan 22, 2013 10:38 AM

Finland gives great support to its junior development programme
With support from the RFS project, the Finnish Cricket Association (FCA) has supported the junior development programme through a number of different ways which have led to significant progress.

Through the support new playing equipment and clothing were provided, an introduction session for a large secondary school and a regular junior summer programme were both run; which started with a one-week-long summer camp and continued with twice-a-week training sessions, for the first time through the summer.

The programme continued on until the end of the autumn term, concentrating on the area around the Kerava National Cricket Ground. The main benefit of this programme was in finding new and enthusiastic schools within the catchment area of the Kerava Cricket Ground. The FCA now has a great partner in one of the areas which they wish to concentrate their resources in, and will continue the programme this year.

The programme also helped with the planned consolidation of the current FCA regular junior training programme, which is a great success on its own. This was due to confirming a core coaching group, operating more professionally than ever before and that have worked well and pro-actively together. The "FCA Coaching Crew" is just a handful of very competent coaches, who have taken an invaluable interest in the development of the game, delivering the programme which resulted in the great success that is intended to carry on way into 2013.

Social media has provided a great tool in the development of the programme, by using the dedicated Facebook groups both for the coaches as well as separately for the juniors also proved a great success significantly helping in improving administration efficiency.

The FCA will put a lot of emphasis on running the remaining time of the project in Kerava.

2012 laid a solid foundation for a larger expansion in 2013, which will now include also the implementation of Street20 which begins with a training programme next month before being rolled out in Finland, alongside the RS2013 project.

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