by Brian Pearce
In a strange twist, Covid19 has done cricket in Switzerland a huge favour in the summer of 2020: even though the schools are on holiday, everyone seems to be staying around and keen to get outside to play cricket!
SIMON PEARCE, a former player with Gingins Cricket Club and Swiss Colts, and who played for Switzerland from U15 to U19, offered individual coaching sessions to young players over a two week period at the start of the school holidays. Simon is currently studying for a degree in Sport Coaching Science with Disability Sport and keen to create opportunities to develop his coaching skills. For 15 days straight, he offered five one-hour sessions for young cricketers, from beginners to more seasoned U19 players, using the nets and equipment of Gingins Cricket Club, and with the full support of the Club.
It provided an excellent opportunity for youngsters new to the game to get some basic skills in bowling and batting, as well as a chance for more experienced players to refine their
technique. There were even a few girls who took the opportunity to get comfortable with the bat and ball for the first time – new recruits boding well for the future of women's cricket.
What was even more remarkable was that not one session was lost due to rain! Parents were pleased to see their youngsters out in the sunshine improving their cricketing skills, and repeat
bookings showed that the youngsters themselves were enjoying it too.
Meanwhile, the Gingins SUNDAY MORNING SESSIONS have been packed out with eager junior cricketers (from U7s up to U17s). New equipment has allowed the Club to set out a proper wicket every Sunday, so club members get the chance to experience real outdoor cricket on the village football pitch. On the 19 July, junior cricketers challenged their dads to a thrilling match that pitched the youngsters against their parents, with full participation from all players.
The spirit of cricket is alive and well in this part of Suisse-Romande.