Fifteen complete ECB level 1 coaching course

Fifteen coaches, young and old and hailing from clubs across the whole of Switzerland, obtained their Level 1 ECB Coaches Assistants qualification recently at a course organised by the Cricket Coaches Association of Switzerland.

Successful participants at the Level 1 coaching course (12th - 13th November 2011, La Chataigneriae campus, International School of Geneva)
Successful participants at the Level 1 coaching course (12th - 13th November 2011, La Chataigneriae campus, International School of Geneva)

Supported by ICC-Europe, the course introduces coaches to the fundamentals of coaching junior cricketers. Run over the weekend of Nov 12th-13th at the La Chataigneriae campus of the International School of Geneva, participants were put through their paces by two very experienced ECB Coaches – David Gelling and Richard Skyrme. Both coaches provided great feedback on the facilities for the course and the keenness of the participants.

And the participants all enjoyed the course very much.

Here’s some of their feedback:

  • “Many thanks for organising the level 1 coaching course last weekend. I found it very interesting and fun to do with a group of like-minded individuals. I will certainly follow up now and do the level 2 course at the earliest opportunity”
  • “As a newcomer to Geneva, the course was a great opportunity for me to get to know some of those involved with the Gingins club and with cricket in general in Switzerland. It was nice to discover what a great group of people it is, with lots of enthusiasm and humour. The guidance from the instructors Dave and Richard was excellent and I really liked the emphasis on making sure kids have fun, positive reinforcement, rewarding of effort and active participation.”
  • “Really taught us how to make teaching Cricket to kids fun, safe, and instructional. Can’t wait to put in practice all we learnt”
  • “The practical nature of the course demonstrated exactly the type of coaches ICC Europe aim to produce. These are coaches who above all make learning cricket FUN for our younger generation, and who have the knowledge and skills to help anyone who's interested progress their game no matter what. Sessions are populated with regular encouragement using positive feedback, and hints and guidance on how to help the kids improve any of their cricketing skills.”
  • "The course was a fantastic introduction to how to coach our young cricketers in a more structured and technical manner whilst maintaining the most important element: FUN!"
  • “This was a superb course for so many reasons. Taught by excellent coaches, it really helped me understand how to organise a coaching group and I'm very enthusiastic about getting back to our U11s and working with them. To be able to spend time with other coaches from the Swiss teams and to strengthen the already strong links between the teams in Switzerland was a real benefit. It was a fantastic reflexion on the strength and future of cricket in Switzerland that so many talented young players already want to become coaches and attended the course. I am really looking forward to catching up with everyone again at our forthcoming cricket tournament later this month”
  • “Course was fabulous – great mix of professional and fun, with the main focus on practical sessions. We all worked very well as a group and this has helped form a great network going forward which has to be good for Youth Development in Switzerland. I certainly commit to do my bit and am all pumped up!”
  • “Excellent. The Level 1 Coaching Course held by ECB/ICC in Founex, Switzerland proved comprehensive, well-paced, sufficiently challenging and innovative. A well-balanced spread of content of theory, practice, safety and even a dose of psychology, was driven by two coaches with an evident wealth of experience between them. All participants left with ideas and a tools aplenty, that budding cricketers of all ages and abilities will lap up; more of these and the future of Swiss cricket bodes well.”
  • “I really enjoyed the course, for someone like me who has never had any experience in coaching, it was a great insight to the challenges that the coaches face. When you play cricket, especially whilst training, you don't realise how hard it actually is to combine developing players ability whilst making it fun and motivational at the same time. I also think it was great how they let me participate on the course, even though I was on crutches and was unable to participate in a majority of the activities. However I used my observational skills to understand and get to grips on how to be a coach. Its great that the ECB exports its expertise to non-cricket countries like Switzerland, its now up to us to spread the word within Switzerland.”

Enough said really! We certainly encourage others interested in supporting the development of cricket in Switzerland to do similar courses in the future. The CCAS will organize more courses in 2012 – watch the SCA website for information about how to get involved.