Keeping coaching in spotlight
Peter Moores was on duty to provide first-hand experience, advice and encouragement in a masterclass for coaches at the National Cricket Performance Centre in Loughborough.
The Sky Sports ECB coach education programme is celebrating its first anniversary, with 5,500 people already signed up to the scheme – 50 per cent more than the original first-year target.
England coach Moores, a wicket-keeper with Sussex and Worcestershire in his playing days, was asked along to provide a keeping session for 22 Sky Sports scholars.
“We did keeping as the main theme,” he told ecb.co.uk. “We did the basic principles of keeping from simple catching to a bit of standing up (to the stumps) and a bit of standing back.
“And then, moving on, we talked about the basic principles of coaching in general – when is the time for intervention and when it is time to step back and let them play.
“Realistically the coach’s job isn’t to intervene but to provide challenges for players to learn from.”
The scheme, a joint initiative between the ECB and Sky Sports, was set up to train and educate those wishing to coach at various levels. Since its inception a year ago, it has seen a significant increase in support activities, including training courses and workshops.
“When you coach people to coach, you give them all the information at once. When you are dealing with a player, you are only delivering information bit by bit,” Moores added.
“A player has got to be good at a certain skill before he moves on to the next one.
"This morning, within an hour and a half I was going through a lot of information about how you would coach a keeper, but for anybody to use that information, to build it in might take two or three years with a player.”
It is not just Moores who has lent his expertise to the programme, with former Derbyshire coach David Houghton also chipping in.
“David is doing something this afternoon on batting,” Moores confirmed. “I’m sure they will do a bowling one if they haven’t yet.
“The whole idea is to identify the good coaches and try to expose them to clear information that they can pass on to different children around the country.”
Eighty coaches have been recognised for outstanding service to the community and rewarded by Sky Sports with a day at the Test match and a presentation by one of the Sky Sports commentators.
Tim Lumb, head of ECB’s coach education, said: “With more and more people playing grassroots cricket than ever before, it is vital we continue to find and train coaches to an excellent standard.
“Thanks to Sky Sports’ sponsorship, we achieved much higher figures than we targeted for.”
In January at Lord’s, Sky pundit and former England and Warwickshire opener Nick Knight led a coaching masterclass for batting against spin, and during the recent summer international series, eight reward days were held at which 10 coaches were recognised for their valuable work and support throughout the county system.
The programme was set up to incorporate coaches from all levels, and is not only used to reward long-serving and distinguished coaches throughout the counties but also to create more cricket coaches throughout the country.
Keith Tomlins, ECB senior coach development manager, said: “For many of the participants it is a starting point, where they are working in schools or clubs, but it gives them a taste for coaching as a career and developing young players of the future.
“We at the ECB are delighted to have Sky Sports on board and look forward to year two of the programme when we will look to qualify more coaches through the growing coaching scheme.”