Great international attendance at European Coaching and Club Development Weekend

Mon, Apr 28, 2014 10:38 AM

Great international attendance at European Coaching and Club Development Weekend
The second annual KNCB (Royal Dutch Cricket Association) Regional Club & Development Conference supported by ICC Europe was held on 5 and 6 April in Utrecht, The Netherlands, was well attended by 55 participants from ten different European countries.

The KNCB agreed to set up the 2014 weekend as a result of the 2013 event resulting in a huge successful. Coach Education and Development are two important issues to enhance the sport of cricket not only in The Netherlands, but all over Europe. Educating coaches is a key priority area for the development of the game in the Netherlands and the KNCB increasingly putting time and effort into the Coach Development process. The core element of growing the game, not only in the Netherlands but all over Europe, is to have better coaches to raise numbers and standards.

The two-day event in Utrecht was organised by the KNCB and ICC Europe. Most participants came from The Netherlands (29), Denmark was represented by 9 people, Belgium (5), Germany (3), Gibraltar (3) Scotland (2), Austria, Switzerland, the Czech Republic and Finland each sent one person to attend the two-day event.

An important issue that ran throughout the two days was ‘game based learning’, teaching and learning cricket through lots of different games in specific formats. The elementary techniques for batting, bowling, fielding and wicket keeping were on display, as was the supporting role of coaches in this development was discussed.

The Cricket Factory equipment was used in a demonstration, and extra attention was being paid to women’s and girl’s cricket, during a presentation and a workshop about the different way of coaching of and communication with women and girls in sport.

Management skills, grass roots cricket (working with volunteers, club development, communication) and how to make cricket attractive to young children were also on the agenda. The conference was rounded up with a short introductory coaching course for Dutch parents and young coaches, counting 16 participants from The Netherlands.

The tutors and presenters during the weekend were: Keith Tomlins, Kelly Evenson, Tony Robson, Chris Porter, Greig Wright, Richard O’Sullivan (UK), and Richard Cox, Roland Lefebvre, Hannah Hofman and Subir Shrestha (KNCB).

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