The SCA level 1 coaching course organised on behalf of the Swiss Cricket Association and the Cricket Coaching Association of Switzerland by Peter Veal from Basel Dragons, took place from 12th-14th April in Basel.
The course was conducted at the Sportzentrum Pfaffenholz on the border between Switzerland and France and the coaching sessions run by Richard Skyrme (ECB Level 4 Coach from UK) and Robin McGhee (ECB Level 3 Coach from Geneva).
The course was attended by a highly enthusiastic group of sixteen participants from all over Switzerland and included representatives from all junior clubs in the Basel, Zurich, Lausanne and Geneva areas. The group also included one lady and five under 17 cricketers which bodes well for the sustainability and diversity of the game in Switzerland!
The Friday session started around 7.30pm and consisted of sessions overviewing all the topics to be covered, course & participant objectives and basics of safety during training sessions.
The Saturday started at 8.30am with all participants eager to get into practical sessions to learn the techniques of coaching. The coaches delivered many practical sessions including:
These points also stressed the different aspects of coaching such as safety, how to keep players involved, techniques of batting, bowling and fielding.
The afternoon session focused on the participants running coaching session on various topics to get a feel for it with feedback from the group. After a full day of running, the participants wound up at 5pm, tired from a highly interesting but physically draining day.
The Sunday started with assessments for the participants using the different drills taught during the previous day. The coaches gave feedback to the participants after their respective sessions. The participants answered a variety of questions during lunch, and the afternoon session focused on coaching techniques for batting stance, bowling run-ups and action, drills to improve fielding and throwing techniques, etc..
Finally, at around 3pm, the tutors discussed various aspects of the course and handed the well earned certificates to the participants.
All the sixteen participants did exceptionally well and all became SCA certified level 1 coaches.
A special mention for the five young cricketers, who showed great maturity and discipline in learning coaching techniques and passing the assessments. The coaches, Richard and Robin, did a marvelous job of keeping the participants highly motivated throughout the three days and many participants are already looking forward to the next level course.