Following on from our successful school's cricket programme in 2022 the Isle of Man Cricket Association (IOMCA) are offering all primary schools on the island one free days cricket coaching in their school. The outline of the programme is as follows:
1 full or 1/2 day for smaller schools
Sessions are usually between 45-60 minutes and our coaches are able to deliver to all year groups, from Reception to Year 6. Coaches need to be accompanied by a member of staff for the lesson.
The programme will be delivered by a minimum of an ICC Level 1 coach with the knowledge of sport and education.
The coach will be equipped with the knowledge of clubs on the IOM or linked to a local club to encourage pupils to join their local cricket club.
The key aim of the IOMCA is development and we are working hard with clubs and schools to grow the sport of cricket on the Island. Education and cricket are a key element of the 2023-2027 IOMCA strategy. The chance to engage with children in the school environment is a great opportunity to allow the children to sample a sport and thus igniting a desire for them to join a local club and to continue playing cricket well into adult life. The IOMCA cricket engagement days will be delivered from April 24th to encourage children to join their local cricket clubs. Sessions can be delivered on various days throughout the week through to the end of the school year depending on coach availability. Sessions will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Please email Sally Green firstname.lastname@example.org to book a free primary school cricket engagement day.
School's Activity 2023
The IOMCA have had a busy start to 2023 delivering in 14 primary schools to 1,490 pupils. Spring term three sees the delivery of Manx Youth Games promotion days, these days primarily focus on Year 2, 3 and 4 and involve two schools per club who receive two free days of primary school soft ball cricket coaching to encourage children to take part in their local Manx Youth Games sessions.
As part of their club-school link programme 10 pupils took part in the Primary Cricket Leaders’ course at the Buchan School. This 3-hour course was introduced to the club-school link programme to develop transferable skills and to take a holistic approach to learning to encourage additional activity at lunch time and break time, led by the new Primary Cricket Leaders.
The IOMCA have developed a further five club-school links across the island. Each club with a junior section will target one school who will receive six free days of cricket coaching based around the ICC Criiio Cricket programme. The purpose of a club-school link is to provide a pathway from school sport to community (club) sport. The 2023 club-school links are:
St Johns School & Peel & St John's CC
Bunscoill Rhumsaa & Ramsey CC
Scoill Phurt le Moirrey & Castletown CC
Braddan Primary School & Finch Hill CC
Henry Bloom Noble & Cronkbourne CC
Marown Primary School continue to have additional coaching days as the only link school with Crosby CC.
IOMCA School Review 2021/2022
After a delayed start due to Covid the IOMCA have had a busy year delivering in primary and secondary schools during the 2021/2022 academic year.
Throughout this school year, the IOMCA have delivered Manx Youth Games promotion days, CricStart promotion days and Cricket Engagement Days in primary schools across the island. Manx Youth Games promotion days primarily focus on Year 2, 3 and 4 and involve two schools per club who receive two free days of primary school soft ball cricket coaching to encourage children to take part in their local Manx Youth Games sessions. CricStart promotion days look to familiarise children with the programme and encourage them to take part in their local CricStart club sessions. A Cricket Engagement Day involves a one-off day of soft ball cricket coaching to between 4-6 classes to encourage children to join their local cricket club. The delivery of these programmes has enabled approximately 4,000 primary school children aged between 4-11 to take part in cricket activities throughout 2021/2022 school year.
This year has also seen the IOMCA secondary school girl's programme grow with cricket being delivered in games lessons in the spring and summer terms. There has been 19 cricket games afternoons delivered to approximately 810 girls in Year 7 to Year 10.
Four regionalised primary school festivals ran across the Isle of Man on the 23rd, 24th, 25th and 26th May. These were held in the north at Bunscoill Rhumsaa, south at King William's College, east at Cronkbourne Cricket Club and west at Peel and St John's Cricket Club. This enabled 200 children to take part and represent their primary school, many for the first time across the week of festivals..
All our delivery is to promote exit routes to clubs and IOMCA programmes, whether this be club coaching, female soft ball cricket and MSR or IOMCA programmes e.g. CricStart or Manx Youth Games.
The IOMCA have invested in a club-school link programme across the island in 2021/2022. A club-school link is an agreement between a cricket club, the IOMCA and school, with the purpose to provide a pathway from school sport to cricket club. Club-school link partnerships thus far include - Scoill Vallajeelt and Cronkbourne CC, Ashley Hill Primary School and Finch Hill CC, Peel Clothworkers and Peel and St John CC and Marown Primary School and Crosby CC. Club-school link schools received 20 days of free school cricket coaching along with two bags of cricket coaching equipment kindly donated by the Ravenscroft Group. As part of the club-school link programme Scoill Vallajeelt and Peel Clothworkers had 24 children in Year 5 and 6 trained as part of the new cricket leaders training programme to deliver cricket activities to Reception and Key Stage 1 children in their breaktime and lunchtime.
Pete Lewis, Head Teacher, Ashley Hill School: "On behalf of everyone at Ashley Hill School I would like to pass on my sincere thanks to the Isle of Man Cricket Association and Ravenscroft for the kind contribution of cricket resources. The resources will be put to great use at school, during timetabled PE sessions, extra-curricular clubs and where children wish to enjoy some fun games during their lunchtime. We are also delighted to establish and embed a strong club-school link with Finch Hill Cricket Club in order to grow participation in the game within this area of the island." Lizzie Crouch-Blacker, Year 2 Teacher, Marown Primary School: "The children at Marown School have been so lucky to have worked with Crosby Cricket Club and the IOMCA this year. They have carried out brilliant coaching sessions for the children which have really helped to improve the children’s throwing, catching, bowling and batting skills. All of the coaches have been engaging, knowledgeable, professional and fun. As a school we are also so grateful for the fantastic array of cricket equipment which the IOMCA and Ravenscroft has given to the school. The children now have all the necessary resources to help them continue their cricket development. The staff have also been able to develop their knowledge of how to teach cricket. Thank you so much to all those involved." Mel Larson, Reception Teacher, Scoill Vallajeelt: "Scoil Vallajeelt have been very fortunate in establishing close school - club links with Cronkbourne Cricket Club and the IOMCA. Our children have benefited from in school coaching and they have attended sessions at the club. This has raised the profile of the sport at school and more children are interested in the game. Through a very generous donation of equipment from Ravenscroft and training from IOMCA our children are now able to play cricket games on the field at lunch times. The staff have also benefitted from the new equipment and have enjoyed using it in their own lessons.
This year saw five new coaches - Janelle Clarke, Toby Poole Wilson, Spencer Clarke, Sam Barnett and Josh Clough trained to deliver in primary and secondary schools. They delivered 20 days in schools and received excellent feedback.
We are excited about our delivery in the next academic school year, as we aim to grow the number of club-school link schools and look to engage with new schools, staff and participants. If your school would like to get involved in cricket this academic year, please contact Sally Green on email@example.com
Primary School Cricket Festivals 2022
The 2022 regionalised festivals took place between Monday 23rd to Thursday 26th May in the north, west, east and south of the island. It has been an excellent week of cricket where the weather just about stayed fine with 15 schools entering and 21 teams, 185 children playing over the week. The festivals are 'fun' festivals with everyone receiving a certificate at the end. This allowed a big range of schools to enter from the larger schools to the smaller and there were many children at the festival playing their first games of cricket. A number of schools brought more than one team and it was truly a mixed festival with a significant number of girls playing alongside boys or in all girls teams. A big thanks to the 15 schools for entering, bringing the children and running the teams at each of the festivals. To Bunscoill Rhumsaa, Peel and St John's CC, Cronkbourne CC and King William's College for hosting and all the people who umpired and scored over the week.
Club-School Links 2022
The IOMCA have invested in a primary schools programme to develop a number of club-school links across the island. A club-school link is an agreement between a cricket club, the IOMCA and school, with the purpose of a club-school link to provide a pathway from school sport to cricket club. Establishing a club-school link allows young people to make the most of their experiences in both settings, to ease the transition from school to club and feel more comfortable in a club setting. The club-school link will look to enable sustainable delivery within the school supported by the cricket club and the IOMCA. These schools are being targeted to provide sustainable models where school staff have the confidence to deliver cricket within the curriculum. The IOMCA target is to have club-school links in 70% of schools by 2026.
Clubs with a junior section will target one school in 2022 who will receive free cricket coaching based around phases of delivery. Cricket delivery options/priorities will be dependent on the club and school’s capacity to offer cricket at various stages of the school year. Selection of priorities from the menu of options will be agreed by the school, club and IOMCA as part of the club-school agreement and individual action plan. Schools also have the option to undertake young leader cricket training, staff CPD and will receive a club-school link plaque as well as school CricStart equipment. A number of club-school link action plans have been drawn up in 2022 with the first being between Finch Hill CC and Ashley Hill Primary School. Any schools who are interested in developing a club-school link agreement with their local cricket club please email firstname.lastname@example.org
After the disappointment of last years primary school soft ball cricket festivals being cancelled. This year saw the introduction of regionalised festivals in the north, south, east and west of the island. It has been an excellent week of cricket where the weather has stayed fine with 16 schools entering and 23 teams, 200 children playing over the week. The festivals are 'fun' festivals with everyone receiving a certificate at the end. This allowed a big range of schools to enter from the larger schools to the smaller and there were many children at the festival playing their first games of cricket. A number of schools brought more than one team and it was truly a mixed festival with a significant number of girls playing alongside boys or in all girls teams. A big thanks to the 17 schools for entering, bringing the children and running the teams at each of the festivals. To Bunscoill Rhumsaa, Peel and St John's CC, Cronkbourne CC and King William's College for hosting and all the people who umpired over the week.
Cricket Morning at Bunscoill Ghaelgagh
The Isle of Man Cricket Association went to Bunscoill Ghaelgagh for the first time on Tuesday 4th May. The Children took part in a number of activities from the ICC Criiio cricket programme. It was a fun morning where it was interesting to learn the Manx words for lots of cricket terminology. Cricket ball - bluckan criggad and cricket bat - bad criggad The Manx account of the morning can be found on - bunscoillghaelgagh.sch.im/blog/index/view/id/267/Criggad%20ec%20y%20Vunscoill%20
CricKids at Ballasalla Primary School
Woodland class (Reception and Year One) at Ballasalla Primary School took part in two CricKids taster afternoons on Monday 12th and 19th October 2020. This invoked the pupils having a go at batting, bowling and modified games as well as some strength and conditioning activities. The children did excellently over the two afternoons and a number of the children are continuing their cricket through the CricKids sessions running at King William's College. The school also received some kinder CricStart bat and ball sets to allow them to continue their cricket in PE lessons with the correct sized bats.
School Partnerships 2020
The IOMCA have invested in a primary schools programme to develop a number of primary school partnerships across the island. Each club with a junior section will target two schools who will receive two free days of cricket coaching. The purpose of the partnership is to provide a pathway from school sport to community (club) sport. Establishing a partnership link allows young people to make the most of their experiences in both settings, to ease the transition from school to club and feel more comfortable in a club setting. The aim is to improve communication between club, school, young person and parent with a more personal approach to communication.
Through Spring and Summer terms the IOMCA have been providing girl's cricket taster sessions at King William's College, Ramsey Grammar School and Castle Rushen High School. Over 300 different girls have participated in cricket in their games lessons. After school clubs and community sessions were also provided as an outlet for the girls which recorded good numbers throughout the summer.
Tracey Mooney, Head of Girls PE, Ramsey Grammar School 'I can't thank you enough for allowing our students to experience working with the IOMCA Community Coach. Sally has been inspiring young girls to get involved in cricket through fantastic training sessions in Games lessons throughout the summer term, offering after school clubs and links to community cricket session, which our girls have thoroughly enjoyed. Sally has been committed, engaging and enthusiastic while working with our students and we as a staff have enjoyed developing our own teaching ideas.
On behalf of all the Ramsey Grammar School girls, thank you for the wonderful opportunity - I hope we can continue to work together in the future to increase participation and interest in female cricket'.
Cricket in Schools
School Sport on the Isle of Man is in a Healthy Position. Primary schools benefit from the opportunities available through delivery on the primary schools programme delivered by Manx Sport and Recreation community coaches if they choose to engage, For those that don't enter that programme they can still participate in regular school festivals organised by the sports development officers in the key sports.
Secondary schools have a very well organised and run leagues in most sports which are coordinated by the schools.
IOM Cricket Invest into Education and Sport
The Isle of Man Cricket Association recognise the importance of school sport and also the opportunities they bring to attract new players into clubs.
In 2016 the IOMCA have invested heavily in giving every primary school on the Island the opportunity to have a full days coaching from an IOMCA cricket coach to allow as many children as possible the chance to play cricket.
All 33 state primary schools and the Buchan have been contacted to offer them this great opportunity.
Our aim in 2016 is to have 5000 children coached in schools and get 100 of them to join local clubs to grow our game.
Speak to your local school and see if they have enrolled.