Coaching development receives boost
This weekend at Lord’s ECB Coach Education and the ECB Coaches Association invited regional ECB Coaches Association representatives and lead field-based trainers to join them in a series of workshops and presentations.
For the past two years ECB Coach Education, in conjunction with other ECB departments and Sports Coach UK (scUK) have been examining cricket's playing population in order to determine how cricket, through coaching, can best meet the needs of its participants.
By drawing on the expertise within the ECB, coupled with the most current evidence based research in sport and sports coaching, this work has resolved that players, depending on their stage of development and performance environment, have very different needs.
As a result, cricket's playing population has been grouped into different performance domains, or 'player development stages'. These domains are characterised by the needs of the players within them and capture every environment in which cricket in England and Wales is played.
Following this work, a clearly mapped player development model (PDM) has been created.
The PDM captures each stage of player development, displays each of the performance domains and links them to other aspects of cricket performance.
It is underpinned by a comprehensive technical syllabus, which clearly identifies the nature of the player's needs in each domain including technical, tactical, mental physical and lifestyle facets, how these can be supported through coaching, what form and type of cricket is played in each domain and how these elements link to other areas of playing such as facilities, competition and talent development.
Importantly for coaching and coach education this work has asked in depth questions of how coaching and coach education can help to meet the needs of players and enable each player, better than ever before, to fulfil their potential.
It has now been six years since the last evolution of ECB Coach Education, linked to the UK coaching certificate (UKCC), which in turn evolved from ECB, NCA and MCC schemes.
As part of ECB's ongoing commitment to provide a world-class service to its coaching population and most importantly players, ECB Coach Education today announced that from September 2011 a newly evolved structure of coach education including qualifications, courses and resources leading up to ECB level four will be released.
The new structure will equip coaches with the skills which directly align with the stage of development within which they work and will contextualise a coaches learning with their coaching environment.
Further to that, the ECB's new interactive coach development package 'Howzat!' will enable coaches to learn in new and innovative ways, on and away from formal courses.
ECB coaches and tutors who hold existing ECB qualifications will have the opportunity to add to their knowledge and build upon their coaching experience by accessing new and exciting Continuing Professional Development (CPD) modules.
A further, more detailed communication will be sent to all ECB Coach Education stakeholders prior to the new year.
In the meantime the ECB's regional training managers will speak directly with county board coach education teams to begin the process of evolution.
From spring time 2011, over an 18-month period ECB Coach Education will be working very closely with, and in support of county cricket boards and their coach education teams to feel confident and able to plan for, co-ordinate and deliver all aspects of the new structure.
A phased role out will allow county boards the space and opportunity to train delivery teams and update their coach education planning and administration.
An exciting time awaits; the result of which is centred on improving player performance and satisfaction at every single level.
The evolution of Community Coach Education is based on the following:
- Inspire cricket players through coaching
- Different players have different needs
- Educate and support coaches to meet a players specific needs
- Provide coaches with easy access to support based on who they are coaching and the needs they have
The benefits of this are:
- A player is more likely to have access to a coach than ever before
- There is an increased likelihood that a highly skilled and qualified coach will be in the right place at the right time
- More likely that they have the right knowledge, skills and understanding to meet the needs of the players they are coaching
- Improved performance of coaches, players and teams
- Coaches will understand players better
- Players will better understand the game and their own performance
- October 2010 - CA FBT communication followed by Community Coach Education press release
- November 2010 - Focus groups/specific consultation and input into changes
- Start of December 2010 - Information for county boards (CB) to plan with
- February 2011 - Every CA member receives a copy of HOWZAT!
- January to March 2011 - Full changes released. RTM and CB work through full implications of changes and begin planning for courses, roll out and tutor support
- February/March 2011 - New course pilots run
- September 2011 - New courses released at UKCC 1 & 2 equivalent
- September 2011 onwards - Remainder of new course structure piloted and rolled out