Cricket finds itself at a cross roads in terms of volunteers, volunteer support and coaching. The pathways traditionally associated with coach development have started to break down as participation in the game over the last 15/20 years stagnated. The rise of the new All Stars Programme for 5-8 year olds, launched by the ECB 3 years ago, has helped to redress the balance and clubs are now starting to redevelop and redesign their junior sections to support this initiative. Getting younger players into our game has a drawback in that our coaching age profile hasn't been lowered to reflect this new demographic and the previous coach pool has not been refreshed in the last 20 years. There is a dearth of cricket coaches between 22 and 40 and we must address this balance by encouraging current young players 15+, especially in deprived areas, to qualify.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
This programme will not only support young people in their community but give each and every one of those new coaches the opportunity for self development. Not only in sport but across communities we are desperate for more good leadership, for an improvement in our social values and increase in respect and fairness. Cricket's founding principles and laws support this end but it is in the Spirit of the Game that it finds its value. Young persons playing cricket learn those values and these are embedded into the coaching programmes being delivered. We intend to not only produce exceptional young cricketers and gifted coaches but to develop proud young people who value their own contribution to society, who want to make a difference and improve the lives of not only themselves but of those in their community. These programmes empower young people to trample on division, embracing diversity and cultural differences ensuring the things that unite us are far greater than those that divide us
Steps to get it done:
As part of the programme we will also have the opportunity for young people to access local cricket club support. We can point them to other areas that they may wish to get involved in including Finance, Groundsmanship, Development Plan design, Website Management - all additional tools that can be used on a CV or as a way to determine a career path.
About the space
Halifax Cricket League
Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council