On behalf of Cricket Switzerland and the Cricket Coaches Association of Switzerland, Chris Lodge attended the 2014 ICC Europe Regional Coaching Conference in Utrecht, Netherlands (Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th April 2014).
It was a great weekend of information, activity and team building, sharing 10 sessions with more than 50 coaches from 10 other European cricketing countries; with active sessions including Game based learning, Coaching resources and coaching a team, plus discussion sessions covering Player Development, increasing involvement and developing grass roots cricket.
Sharing these sessions with coaches that, including the presenters, had a combined cricket coaching experience of over 500 years, created a fantastic atmosphere where there was never a shortage of ideas and past experiences to draw upon.
The presentation team ensured an environment where all the participants from coaches in their first year to those with over 30 years experience felt comfortable to express their thoughts and share their experiences, both successes and challenges, knowing that someone would love to share things that worked and also that others had probably come across similar challenges elsewhere and found a solution.
"It is inspiring to spend time with so many people with such a passion for developing the game", said Chris Lodge. "We thank ICC Europe for extending the invitation to Cricket Switzerland and making it possible for us to attend such a dynamic and informative weekend and look forward to more such events in the future".