Ammar Ashraf, Junior President of East Renfrewshire CC writes, “This exciting role seeks an energetic and experienced individual who can deliver across East Renfrewshire CC’s key objectives. The ideal candidate needs to have an understanding of sports development and must be able to maintain and build new relationships. A sound knowledge of cricket pathways that allows for integration at all levels is preferred. Closing dates for this post are Friday, 19th January 2018 with interviews taking place Monday, 22nd January 2018. For more information on the job and person specification please contact me on the details below. To apply, please send a CV and supporting letter by email. This role will involve regulated work with minors; therefore all candidates will require PVG Scheme membership to be considered for the position.”
Tim Hart, Cricket Scotland‘s West Regional Participation Manager, writes, “Just a quick reminder of the exciting ‘Junior cricket roadshows’ which are happening later in November – and a thanks to the clubs who have already confirmed their attendance. Some of our participation team were fortunate enough to be at Lord’s earlier this week to hear about some of the impact ‘All Stars Cricket‘ has had in other parts of the UK and to learn a bit more about what year two will look like – and we look forward to being able to share some of this information with you. We are also sure that the ‘Junior cricket format’ proposals will stimulate a lot of thought and discussion. We are really keen that clubs try and bring along their age group lead coaches/team managers, etc. so we can get the opinions of those coaching ‘week in, week out’. Please could you make sure that these people are aware of the west region roadshow – at Shawholm (Poloc CC) on Sunday the 19th of November, at 3pm – and could you encourage them to make time to come along. Finally, could you please complete the registration process for your club and any of your coaches who wish to join us at one of the roadshows.”
Tim Hart reports, “Saturday the 21st of October saw the west region become the first area in the country to get to experience of the latest Cricket Scotland coach education workshop. The ‘Coaching forum’ was held at Hutchesons’ Grammar School and saw Toby Bailey, Grant Bradburn and Simon Smith come and share their knowledge and ideas. There were lots of learning opportunities during the batting, bowling, fielding and strength and conditioning sessions, the value of effective communication was investigated and the coaches present (from seven different clubs) got the opportunity to find out the key principles behind the exciting new ‘Winning our way’ philosophy. Thanks to the Cricket Scotland High Performance coaches for coming to deliver another fascinating workshop – and thanks to all the club coaches who attended on the day.”
Tim Hart has circulated an update on a number of things happening in and around the west region.
Indoor Kwik Cricket
Unfortunately, only one club was available for the planned festival last Sunday, so it was cancelled. However, at least five clubs have expressed an interest in more regular indoor activity. A booking request has been submitted to Glasgow Life. Once the booking is confirmed Tim Hart will be in contact will all clubs with details of the dates, times, venue, format, cost, etc, hopefully at some point next week.
UKCC Level 2 assessments
Two coaches attended on Sunday and both passed their final assessment. If there are any coaches at clubs who were on the 2015 or 2016 Level 2 coaching courses and who have not yet completed their assessment, they should get in contact with Tim Hart.
Cricket Scotland coaching forum
The Cricket Scotland High Performance coaching team are coming to the west to deliver their latest coaching update this Saturday (Saturday the 21st of October). The workshop is not a “performance” workshop – it is designed for all coaches working within the coaching network and Tim Hart would strongly encourage all coaches to come along if they can. The link to book on is available here.
Cricket Scotland junior cricket roadshows
There will be a series of roadshows around the country this November. The topics covered will be “All Stars Cricket” and junior cricket format proposals. The roadshows are not just for Junior Convenors and Tim Hart would also strongly encourage all age-group team managers and active coaches within club pathways to attend. The west roadshow will be taking place at Shawholm (Poloc CC) on Sunday the 19th of November, at 3pm. The booking form is available here.
West Women and Girls’ Development Officer Rosy Ryan writes, “I am happy to announce that Cricket Scotland will be running a girls Strathclyde regional development club again in the form of ‘Girls cricket Glasgow’. It will be at Craigholme School sports complex on the following Saturdays:
– 11 November 2017
– 18 November 2017
– 25 November 2017
– 2 December 2017
– 20 January 2018
– 27 January 2018
– 3 February 2018
– 17 February 2018
– 24 February 2018
– 3 March 2018
“The sessions be from 4pm and 5.30pm, and cost £2 each time. Players eight years old and older are invited, giving an opportunity for players coming out of ‘All Stars’ programmes who may want to try their first ‘Girls only’ cricket experience. All sessions will be softball due to the indoor facility and all abilities are encouraged! I would really appreciate if everyone would be able to circulate the online poster on all forms of social media and around your clubs/schools etc.! If people are keen to sign up then please forward on my email or direct them to the sign-up link. If anyone has any questions, they shouldn’t hesitate to get in touch. As well as email I can be contacted on: 07534 102123.”
Tim Hart writes, “Details of some upcoming courses/workshops which are available within the west region can be found online. Junior Convenors can share this information with anyone who they think might be interested. Cricket Scotland is delighted that its High Performance coaching team has been able to find some time during a very, very busy winter to come and deliver a Coaching Forum (two, three-hour workshops on Saturday the 21st of October) with some very interesting and relevant content. I think cluns in the west region are also very fortunate that Colin McDougall and Gill McElnea have agreed to come and deliver the Safeguarding and Protecting Children workshop and the Basic First Aid for Sport training on Sunday the 26th of November, as both courses play a crucial role in helping to keep the young players within our club environments safe. I think all of the upcoming opportunities could be of benefit to clubs and/or their coaches and/or their clubs – and Cricket Scotland looks forward to welcoming any coaches, officials and volunteers from your club to the courses. If you have any queries please get in contact.”