Coach developers share knowledge and experience at national workshop
Over 30 coach developers from across the four Provincial Unions gathered for the Cricket Ireland Coach Developer Training Workshop at the Dundalk Sports Centre on 6 October 2019.
This was the first workshop of its kind to be led solely by trainers from within the Cricket Ireland coaching community.
Representatives from Cricket Scotland, Hockey Ireland, and Sport Northern Ireland also attended, each adding an invaluable international or cross-sport contribution to the day.
The course was expertly led by trainers Andy McCrea and Brian Kelleher, who were supported by a group of experienced coach developers that voluntarily gave of their time and own expertise to deliver a series of practical sessions.
The primary aim of the workshop was to build the capacity and capability of coach developers in the Provincial Unions so that the Unions can meet the increasing demand for the two new Cricket Ireland coaching courses, Coaching Kids 5-11 Years, and Coaching Cricket. But the day was about more than just building a coach developer workforce able to deliver the two courses.
Brett Reid, Cricket Ireland’s Coach Development Manager, said:
“For me, a key outcome for the workshop was the sharing of knowledge and experience, with a view to encouraging collaboration in the coach developer space. We are fortunate to have some truly outstanding trainers and coach developers, and it’s important we create opportunities for everyone to learn from each other.”
“I also want to acknowledge the work and support of each of the Provincial Unions in identifying a group of coach developers who will be able to facilitate great experiences for coaches attending the courses.”
“To grow the game, we need to ensure the participants, whoever they may be, have positive experiences. For new and emerging coaches, the coach developers delivering courses and workshops are so important in this regard.”
Cricket Ireland will continue to work closely with the unions around the ongoing training and support of coach developers. In addition, based on feedback from this year’s workshop, we will be exploring with each of the unions the opportunity to have an annual Cricket Ireland coach developer training event.
With thanks to O’Neills for their continued support to all our coaches through the Cricket Ireland Coaches Association.