The Ashes series just completed has been a sobering experience for anyone who cares about the England cricket team. So much so, that I don’t really want to say anything more about it, now, other than to wish the coaches and senior players every success as they sit down to work out a plan for 2014 and beyond.
But as a coach working mostly with Under 11s, I am looking a lot further ahead. There’s not a lot I can do this winter that will help England regain the Ashes in 2015. But as coaches, we can look ahead to Ashes tours, and Test championships, and T20 World Cups, in 2025.
Where do you see the game in 10 years’ time? And how can we, as coaches, prepare young players for that future?
Continue reading The Future of Cricket Coaching – what next for coaches working in schools and clubs?
This autumn we are very lucky to have a full team of qualified coaches working with our Colts section. Not only does this mean that the volunteer coaches get the chance to work with more experienced coaches, it also means that we have the luxury of occasionally taking a step back from running a session to actively observe what is going in.
And some of the things we have seen, even in the warm-ups, have confirmed a growing suspicion about the fundamental athletic abilities, such as speed, strength and agility, demonstrated by our players.
We are working with a group of talented young cricketers who are not always equally talented athletes.
But a series of observations that confirm a suspicion only poses the question – what can we, as cricket coaches, do to help our cricketers to become (better) athletes at the same time as developing their technical, tactical and psychological cricketing skills? We are cricket coaches, not track and field, or gymnastics.
So I was very lucky to attend a breakfast workshop recently with Kelvin Giles, where he addressed the topic of physical literacy. And the more I heard, the more I became convinced that basic physical literacy could be the answer to our (cricket-related) athlete development challenge.
Continue reading The quest for physical literacy – why it matters for cricket coaches