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Culture — from the professional game to the U9s

Last week, I sat in on a webinar, organised by Essex Cricket in the Community (ECiC), that featured a talk from Anthony McGrath, Head Coach of the 2019 County Championship and T20 Blast Double Winners.

I was fascinated to hear about the culture that “Mags” is creating in the 1st XI Squad at Chelmsford and, importantly, how that same culture applies across the Academy and Development Pathway.

Maybe this sort of sharing goes on all the time. I have little contact with the development pathway or the pro game.

But as a grassroots children’s coach, I find this sort of information really helpful. If I am to shape a culture in the environment I work in (coach as environmental and cultural engineer), surely it makes sense if it can match that higher up the pathway (assuming that culture is healthy and positive, of course — this most certainly seems to be).

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“Cricket 2022” – the “master plan” (first draft)

Darren Talbot posted an impassioned blog last week: View from the Coach: Where’s the plan for cricket in England & Wales?

I am more positive about All Stars Cricket than Darren, but I do agree with his prognosis – introducing a new entry-level offering for 5-8 year olds can only be the start of a five (or 10) year plan to bring players back to the game, and as yet there is little discernible evidence of that master plan from the ECB.

So – what should the game look like in five years?

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Gentlemen & Players, 2016

As someone who earns his living from coaching the game of cricket, before 1963 I would have been a “Player“, who used a separate changing room, probably ate lunch apart from the Gentlemen, and would have been listed on scorecards as Beaven A. R. (or, indeed, as “Teesra T[he]”), not A.R. Beaven.

Archaic, in the 21st Century, surely?

Perhaps – but does the distinction between “Gentlemen” and “Players” still persist in 2016?