On March 27th, thirteen young leaders took part in the IOMCA Young Leaders in Cricket training. Aged between 11 and 15 these young people have been assisting and delivering in clubs or will be over the upcoming season. The focus was on the role of a young leader, the 'how to coach' skills and everyone delivered an activity from the ICC Criiio cricket programme to their peers. These newly qualified young leaders will be out and about in their clubs helping with junior activities over the summer.
Young Leaders in Cricket Training 2022
The IOMCA will be running a free Young Leaders in Cricket training on Sunday March 27th 10-1 at King William's College gym for 11 to 16 year olds. This is to support those young coaches who have been assisting and leading Manx Youth Games, CricStart and club junior training. The course will be covering the role of a young leaders and the how to coach skills of coaching batting, bowling, fielding and wicket keeping.
Coaching is an essential element in the development and sustainability of all sports. It gives opportunities for individuals to get involved in supporting players and clubs to grow and excel in local cricket. The ICC has recently released their coaching pathway model and the first course on this pathway is now available to prospective candidates and a brief overview of the course is as follows:
ICC Foundation Certificate The first step for aspiring coaches is to undertake the ICC Foundation Certificate – a course which equips participants with the knowledge necessary to support qualified coaches deliver fun-first experiences for new and beginner participants. The course doesn’t require any prior knowledge of the game, and introduces learners to the basic fundamentals of cricket, and what it takes to facilitate cricket sessions. The ICC Foundation Certificate is entirely self-paced, meaning it can be done as fast or as slow as the learner wants, and is delivered entirely online. Six modules make up the ICC Foundation Certificate: The Game, Safety & Inclusion, The Participants, The Coach, Effective Training Sessions Game Day. Assessments are available at the end of each module, and require the aspiring coach to hit the pass mark of 75% before progressing to the next module. Once all six modules and assessments have been completed, a certificate of completion will be issued
The course is online and interactive and can be completed at the candidates leisure. The course content is in the shape of video clips, infographics, text and multiple choice quizzes. The content makes the courses fun and informative with the digital set up making the learning an enjoyable experience. A unique feature is that the recommended way to download and complete the course is on a smartphone. Please follow the below link to register -
The IOMCA are investigating the feasibility of running a series of workshops for coaches and volunteers over the summer to assist their development. The available workshops are as follows:
CricStart Facilitator Training A 3-hour workshop on becoming a facilitator for the new CricStart programme. This workshop is ideal for young (14+) and new people who want to assist their club in growing the number of young/new club members. An interactive workshop which will include theory and practical exercises on creating the best environment to help youngsters 3-9 years of age develop and stay in the game.
Coaching in Schools Training A 3-hour workshop linking the ICC Criiio resources and best practices to deliver in schools (predominantly key stage 1 & 2). The school environment is any coaches best opportunity to deliver to larger groups and grow club numbers, ensuring a quality first experience to give the best chance to migrate to clubs. Looking at skills and games which will keep large groups active both indoors and outdoors. Ideal for people who are looking at delivering in schools for the IOMCA or as part of the longer term plans for club/school links.
Coaching Women and Girls Workshop A 2-hour workshop introducing coaches to the different (if there are any) approaches in coaching women and girls. An interactive session where coaches will be asked to share their thoughts and will include players who will be able to give their views. Ideal for club coaches who have or are looking at starting women and girls teams or have female players in mixed teams.
Softball to Hardball Workshop The challenge of the transition from softball to hardball cricket has been one faced by coaches for years, Is it an age or ability thing? What are the dangers of leaving it too late or moving players into it too early? Coaches will look at options to explore in ensuring a smooth transition to help players make the move with confidence. Ideal for coaches working with kwik cricketers and younger hardball age players.
Advanced Batting Workshop A 3-hour workshop looking at options to assist more advanced batters. The session will focus on pre-delivery movements, power hitting, adapting and innovation along with some traditional techniques played against extreme pace and spin. Ideal for coaches working with older more experienced players.
Advanced Bowling Workshop Can bowlers continue to do the same thing with the white ball as red? The modern batsman looks to score off every ball and has a 6 to 1 mentality. This 2-hour session looks at bowling successfully in T20 cricket for both seam and spin bowlers. Ideal for coaches working with older more experienced players.
The IOMCA can also visit clubs to deliver a bespoke workshop to suit the needs of your coaches and volunteers (dependent on numbers). If anyone is interested in any of the above workshops please email firstname.lastname@example.org
IOM Sport Coach Development Opportunities
IOM Sport have organised a series of webinar presentations for people to access to develop their coaching practices ranging from learning and feedback processes to mental health awareness. These workshops are free to anyone who would like to view them and no coaching qualifications are necessary. See the below attached flyer for full details.
As a coach or volunteer coaching and assisting coaches within the club environment it is good practice to attend certain pre-requisite courses and have additional checks in place. All active coaches should have a DBS (disclosure and barring service check) as well as SPC (safeguarding and protecting children) and an Emergency Aid qualification. These services are all offered by IOM Sport and a list of the upcoming courses can be found on the download below. Emergency Aid and Safeguarding courses are free for Manx Youth Games coaches. To access the free code please email email@example.com
The IOMCA Emerging Players and Academy programme were nominated for the Isle of Man Sport 'Accolade for Innovation in Coaching' award in 2018. The award was established by Isle of Man Sport to help showcase coaching best practice and the amazing pool of talent in the island. This is testament to the hard work of the EPP and Academy players and coaches which has seen much improved performances on the pitch for their own clubs, the IOMCA Development XI and in English festivals.
Isle of Man Sport 'Managing Your Mind' Workshop
Isle of Sport will be running a 'Managing Your Mind' workshop for coaches and athletes led by Leonnie Lightfoot. Dr Stephen Peters author off the 'Chimp Paradox' has started a company to explain his theory of the chimp brain. See below for details of how to enrol for attendance.
Sports Nutrition Experts to Visit the Island
Team Sky and England Rugby’s head sports nutrition consultations are to give local athletes and coaches hints on how their diet can improve their performance. Dr James Morton and Professor Graeme Close will kick start year two of Isle of Man Sport’s Coaching Development Programme at a seminar on September 24th. They will help educate local athletes and coaches on how to optimise their nutrition to maximise performance. James helped Team Sky secure another victory at the Tour de France with Chris Froome and will share his expertise in performance nutrition for endurance athletes. Graeme, the head nutritional consultant to England Rugby and a former professional rugby league player, will talk about nutritional demands for team and power-based sports. Graeme is also the lead nutritionist to Team GB ski and snowboard and supports Isle of Man winter Olympian, Zoe Gillings-Brier.
Trevor Christian, who coordinates the Coaching Development Programme, said: ‘It is a real coup to be able to bring two of the world’s leading experts in sports nutrition to the Isle of Man. ‘Graeme and James excel in their ability to successfully apply their research in the world of professional sport. With the success of Team Sky and England Rugby, if you excuse the pun, the proof is in the pudding.’
The event has been made possible through sponsorship from Next Level Nutrition, a new business offering sports nutrition services. Owner Angela Clucas said: ‘Sports nutrition is an ever-evolving science. Keeping up to date with the latest research helps athletes get the most out of their training and perform to their best in competition.’ Angela has just finished her MSc in Sports Nutrition at Liverpool John Moores University, under the guidance of Graeme and James, who are based there, and she will deliver a section of the seminar.
The event will be held at Keyll Darree Lecture Theatre, Braddan, from 9.30am to 12.30pm on Saturday 24th September. Tickets are free and can be booked firstname.lastname@example.org or call Trevor on 01624 688590 for further details.
Coach and Welfare Officer Training Courses 2016/17
See the below document for the schedule for training sessions for coaches and welfare officers run by the Isle of Man Sport Development Unit. The safety of young players in sports clubs is paramount for a positive experience and vital for the clubs and coaches to ensure they are appropriately covered for insurance purposes. Details of course dates and how to enrol are all here.
There will be the opportunity to attend workshops covering the skills of batting, bowling and fielding during the winter of 2015. These workshops will give an insight into the basics as well as look at some more advanced options to help players improve. The workshops will benefit players, coaches and parents and there will be practical elements for all to have a go if they choose to. If you have any questions or would like to book on the course please email email@example.com or complete the below form below.
The Isle of Man Cricket Association is committed to developing cricket at all levels and through all aspects. To assist clubs and schools cater with growing numbers of players and develop players skill levels we will be running a UKCC2 certificated coaching course this winter. see details of the course on the form below.
Coaches are vital to the development of cricket on the Isle of Man. The IOMCA supports the development of coaches at all levels of the game, to ensure they're able to provide players with the best possible experience of playing cricket and the necessary skills, knowledge and understanding of the game to help them fulfil their potential. The IOMCA will be continue to run training and development opportunities for its coaches and volunteers.
It is recommended that all coaches and volunteers coaching and assisting coaches within clubs attend a certificated Emergency Aid and Safeguarding and Protecting Children course as well as having an up to date DBS (disclosure and barring service check) certificate. These courses are now available to book online directly through Isle of Man Sport at the following link msr.gov.im/msr/training-opportunities/
If clubs have a large number of coaches who wish to attend a course please contact IOMCA direct/y and we will discuss the potential of running a course for your club individually.