Cricket Australia, in conjunction with States and Territories, has today announced it will provide free Community (level 1) coaching courses this summer to help boost grassroots cricket, a key priority for Tasmanian cricket for the future.
More than 3,000 people across the country are expected to make use of the free Community (Level 1) coaching courses during the 2017-18 season, an initiative that delights Cricket Tasmania.
Cricket Tasmania Coach Development and Pathway Manager John Hayes said it is an exciting time to be a coach within Tasmanian cricket.
“The strong investment in Coach Development over recent years continues to grow along with the development of national and local initiatives,” he said.
The initiative is aimed to develop the coaching stocks Australia-wide, with an emphasis on junior cricket, by making the courses more accessible to parents, volunteers and all budding cricket coaches. It will be a first for cricket – as the Community coaching course usually costs $120 per person.
Tasmanian Tigers Head Coach and former player Adam Griffith said community coaching throughout Tasmanian cricket is significantly important to the skill development, quality of experience and retention of young players within the game.
“Our community coaches are the heartbeat of our clubs and communities and I hope this encourages more Tasmanians to get involved in coaching,” Griffith said.
Tasmanian Roar Coach and WBBL Hurricanes Coach Julia Price said it was great to have such accessibility provided to the community.
‘Clubs rely on their volunteers and coaches to devote time and its where all our current male and female cricketers have developed their skills. It would be great to see more females get involved via this initiative in what is the perfect time to be amongst this great game,” Price said.
All courses are run by accredited staff trained by Cricket Australia. The course is accredited by the Australian Sports Commission and endorsed by the International Cricket Council.
The Community coaching course also provides coaches with access to online resources, and will include training on the revised Junior Formats which are currently being introduced around Australia.
People can register for the free course by signing up online at the Cricket Australia Coaching website, completing an online Introduction to Cricket course and selecting a course in their region.
For more information, visit community.cricket.com.au/coach.