I am not a children’s coach.

I do not think of myself as a children’s coach.

If I am being honest, I don’t even like children, that much, beyond the fact that they enjoy playing games (almost) as much as I do. Oh, and they really like learning new skills. Always very happy to give them back, afterwards.

It was never my intention, when I completed my level 2 in 2011 (back then, the “Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Cricket”), that I would specialise in coaching u7s.

But that is what has happened. And it has made me a better all-round coach.

Through experience, by picking CPD opportunities to coach the development of fundamental movement skills, or to begin to understand what motivates a child to participate in a sports-based activity, or to develop activities based on the principles of video game design.

As very few of my colleagues want to do it, I’ll take the u5s groups, and the u4s, and the All Stars, because they deserve better than a regimented, drill-based 45 minutes, and being sat out for not listening.

And even though I have 10 years’ coaching experience, over a range of abilities and environments, and played with some success for 45 years (and counting), I’ll leave the “hard ball, development” squads for the other “senior” coaches, because they don’t want to deal with the u9s, and I can.