Case Study - Polly Griffiths
Name: Polly Griffiths
Voluntary Role: Coach
Polly is 16 years old and took her GCSEs at Ribston Hall High School for Girls in Gloucester in summer 2011. Cricket and Hockey are Polly’s main sports achieving County honours in both.
Polly has always had a strong interest in cricket and hockey from an early age. She has completed her Young Umpires Award and Mini Hockey coaching Badge in 2010 through Newent Hockey Club. Having played for Newent Cricket Club for the last seven years, Polly now regularly represents the Boys U17, Mens 2nd and 3rd teams as well as Gloucestershire Girls Under 17 team. A highlight for last season was winning the Best Performance of the Year Award for Gloucestershire U15 Girls.
Polly has been a recipient of youth coaching at both club and county and as a result of this has developed a keen interest in coaching younger members of the club. Being an ambassador for the girls section within the club, Polly has taken a lead in coaching the girls and mentoring them through their games.
Polly is always at hand to help out at the club, whether it be at NatWest Cricket Force or pulling on the covers in readiness for a game. So far Polly has clocked up 94 volunteering hours for her vCricket award.
Volunteering is highly commended by employers and universities and as Polly wants to progress to University once she has completed her A levels volunteering at Newent Cricket Club was a logical step to gain experience within a sporting environment. Polly has also taken part in the ECB Young Leaders Award run by the Gloucestershire Cricket Board.
This course provided Polly with the skills and confidence to take a leading role with the younger players at the club. Having never been coached by a female within a club environment Polly wanted to be a trailblazer and role model for other girls within the club.
Polly’s enthusiasm and passion for the game has certainly paid off as the girls love her sessions and the numbers in the girls section are growing.
Two of the girls Polly has coached have got into the District and County Development Squad this season having felt a sense of self satisfaction when they got selected.
By coaching these girls Polly has completed her Cricket Young Leaders Award and is hoping to move on and complete Level 1. It’s not just about getting the qualifications for Polly, it’s about doing something she feels passionate about and enjoys doing.
Polly commented in August 2011: “Completing the ECB YLA has helped me on the first rung of the coaching ladder. I love getting involved with the young players and seeing them develop as cricketers and as individuals.
“I hope I will be able to complete the Level 1 course during the close season and get more involved in the junior section at the club next season.
“Polly gave up the first week of the summer holidays to help out at the GCB Under 10 District Festival at King’s School Gloucester.