Going Out: Get your Level 2 coaching badge at ICC Academy

Denzil Pinto 08:30 01/08/2015
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Cricket coaches can develop their knowledge and skills this summer by attending ICC Academy and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)’s new coaching programme.

Their Level 2 Coach Education and Accreditation course takes place from August 7 to 12, between 09:00 to 17:00 at Dubai’s ICC Academy.

Applicants must have a Level One qualification or a minimum of a year’s coaching experience to attend, with the course addressing all aspects and skills. The programme will be overseen by two PCB representatives as well as the ICC Academy.

“The Level Two course will involve both practical and theory elements so the coaches will be developing their skills but most importantly it’s how they coach those skills to pupils in the future,” said Ashley Ross, Performance Pathway and Coach Development Lead at the ICC Academy.

“They will get information on what to coach, as well as techniques on how to coach which is very important, and take part in theoretical sessions which actually underpin their knowledge as a coach going forward.”

With the ICC Academy boasting some of the best facilities in the world, the Level One programme drew many people from around the world.

“We had coaches from Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, India and Pakistan and the fact it’s at the ICC Academy and where it’s regionally based, we got a lot of people from the South Asian area,” said Ross.

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“The Level One course was hugely encouraging. The focus we wanted to implement was on how to coach and they got feedback on how they could improve their methods going forward.

“People who did it were really complimentary of the direction that we had taken.”

Having conducted previous programmes with the PCB, Ross hopes that the ICC Academy can work with more international governing bodies.

“Pakistan Cricket Board have been running similar coaching programmes for a while so we are looking for more potential partnerships from other cricketing bodies from around the world to assist them with their development,” he said.

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It costs Dh5,840 to attend the course with a few places remaining and Ross insists there are plenty of positives to gain from this programme.

He said: “The great thing about coach development is that they can develop and can relay their expertise to the players on the field. If the coaches improve, then the players will also improve.

“The ultimate reward of coaching is to see players get better and there’s no doubt that coaches who attend our coaching programme will be well-equipped so that they can make their players better.”

What: Level 2 Coach Education and Accreditation course
Where: ICC Academy, Dubai Sports City
When: August 7 to 12, from 09:00 to 17:00
Contact: To register or formore information, visit www.iccacademy.net 

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