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.”
Club development news
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
“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.”
Tim Hart writes, “I have been trying to source a venue for regular Under 10 indoor Kwik Cricket over the winter months. Could clubs’ Junior Convenors please let me know if their club would be interested in participating in regular Sunday Under 10 Indoor Kwik Cricket throughout the winter? It would be based around a six-players-per-side format and would take place mid-morning/early afternoon.”
Tim Hart writes, “Sunday the 1st of October saw seventeen candidates, from ten different clubs (Active Life Club, Clydesdale CC, East Kilbride CC, East Renfrewshire CC, Galloway CC, GHK CC, Greenock CC, Hillhead CC, Kilmarnock CC and the University of St. Andrew’s Women’s CC), take part in the ECB Coach Support Worker course. The course, held at Hutchesons’ Grammar School, saw the candidates work through a range of different topics – and have lots of fun at the same time. Thanks to everyone for their effort and input – and good luck to everyone as they continue on their coaching journey.”
Tim Hart writes, “I can confirm dates for the ECB Certificate in coaching children’s cricket (UKCC Level 2) course which it is planned to run if there is enough interest. The course is scheduled as follows:
Dates: Saturday 7 October, Sunday 8 October, Saturday 4 November, and Saturday 2 December 2017
Venue: All Saints Secondary School, Glasgow
Time: 10am to 5pm
“This course is designed to help to develop coaches’ confidence and equip them with the knowledge, understanding and applied skills to lead coaching sessions for children and create safe, fun, player-centred environments. This course is for coaches who are going to predominantly coach children from six to thirteen years old. Candidates need to be able to attend on all four dates. Coaches who think they might be interested in this UKCC Level 2 course should get in contact with me for more information.”
Tim Hart writes, “There is an upcoming ‘Coach Support Worker’ course, the details of which are:
Date: Sunday, 1 October 2017;
Venue: Hutchesons’ Grammar School (G41 4NW);
Time: 10am to 4.30pm;
The course is designed to help to develop your confidence and equip attendees with the knowledge, understanding and skills to support a qualified coach during coaching sessions. It will help them create a great environment for coaching to take place in. There is no formal assessment, but candidates must be sixteen years old and need to have a PVG Scheme Membership* and a Safeguarding & Protecting Children certificate* to enable their certificate to be released after the course.”
* Cricket Scotland can provide support to candidates to help them to obtain these