[lead]The Gloucestershire and Somerset Cricket Boards have joined forces to help trainee teachers develop their cricket coaching skills.
More than 50 primary teaching students from the University of the West of England (UWE) took part in a two hour workshop that covered everything from small-sided practices to umpiring and scoring.[/lead]
The second year students were among 90 who attended an ECB Cricket For Teachers training course last year.
The training courses have been funded through the Chance to Shine cricket charity, which aims to get more children playing cricket in state schools.
Gloucestershire Cricket Board (GCB) tutor Luke Sellers, who ran the sessions said:
We realise that the majority of our primary school teachers will have had little to no experience of cricket prior to qualifying and this is a real barrier to them teaching it.
By providing this ongoing support and guidance to teaching students we hope that by the time they are teaching they will have the knowledge and confidence to do cricket with their pupils.
This year’s sessions included a series of competitive skills stations designed to refresh the teachers technical knowledge and demonstrate how they could run a fun, high energy session that covered all the core cricket skills in a short space of time.
This part of the session was drawn from the GCB’s schools booklet a guide to coaching in schools that contains seven session plans â€“ that was introduced earlier this year.
The teaching students were then given a quick fire introduction to umpiring, scoring and kwik cricket rules before taking part in a game which they ran themselves.
Luke said: The aim of last year was to give the students a positive cricket experience and start to take the fear away from coaching a sport that many may have thought was too complex or technical for them.
This year’s sessions were about trying to refresh their memories from last year and give them the knowledge and resources they would need to be able to run kwik cricket games and potentially take sides to festivals.
As part of the project the students will also receive some ongoing support from the two Boards ahead of another set of workshops next year.
The GCB and Somerset Cricket Boards are also set to run three Cricket For Teachers courses to first year students in March. The participants will then support the Boardâ€™s in running a cricket skills and festival day at UWE.