The IOMCA have invested in a primary schools programme to develop a number of school-club links 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 a school-club link is to provide a pathway from school sport to community (club) sport. Establishing a school-club 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'.
Schools 2018-2019 Update
IOMCA Schools Programmes 2018-2019 Cric Kids Programme Cric kids is an early entry programme for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 into the sport. These sessions are to develop cricketers of the future. The sessions aim to develop fundamental movement skills, very basic transferable cricket skills, teamwork and most importantly fun! This will be available in targeted schools from November 5th to December 21st 2018 and January 7th to February 15th 2019.
Primary Schools Offer All primary schools will have the opportunity to have two days of free cricket coaching from IOMCA qualified coaches. Sessions will be based on batting, bowling and fielding skills including modified games. This will be 25th February to 20th April, 23rd April to 24th May and 10th June to 19th July 2019.
Primary School Festivals New to 2019 will be the chance for schools to take part in a Year 5 and 6 mixed and girls only day festival with all schools being at the same venue (King Williams College). Children will have the chance to receive coaching from IOMCA qualified coaches and take part in a number of kwik cricket matches during the day. Transport will be provided free of charge by the IOMCA.
Secondary Schools Offer All secondary schools will have the opportunity to have three days of free cricket coaching for girls only from IOMCA qualified coaches. Sessions will be based on batting, bowling and fielding skills including softball modified games. This will be from the 23rd April to 24th May and 10th June to 19th July 2019. Culminating in a girls only softball festival.
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 a high level 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.
Contact Details: Cricket Development Officer: Greig Wright: firstname.lastname@example.org