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
IOMCA School Programmes 2021
Primary Schools Offer
Manx Youth Games Programme Primarily for Year 2, 3 and 4 the Manx Youth Games scheme will involve two schools per club who receive two free days CricSoft coaching to encourage children to participate in their local Manx Youth Games sessions. This will be between January to March 2021.
CricStart The CricStart programme is a brand new initiative from the Isle of Man Cricket Association aimed at providing children aged three to nine with a great first experience in cricket. The programme is divided into two age groups: CricKids - Ages 3-6 CricKids is a great first introduction to cricket and focuses on developing children’s athletic, social and very basic cricket skills. The emphasis is on having fun and being active. CricSoft - Ages 7-9 CricSoft is a high-speed version of cricket where the emphasis is on participation and enjoyment. It is designed to help participants learn the basics of cricket in an inclusive, enjoyable and safe environment, where all children take equal turns at batting, bowling and fielding. Sessions for Reception and Year 1 will involve activities and games from the CricKids programme and sessions for Year 2, 3 and 4 will have activities and games from the CricSoft programme. Full and half days will be available from April to June and November and December to promote and familiarise the children with the programme.
Club-School Link The IOMCA have invested in a primary schools programme to develop a number of club-school links across the island. Each club with a junior section will target one school who will receive three 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. These schools are being targeted to provide sustainable models where school staff have the confidence to deliver the Criiio Cricket programme. 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 aim is to improve communication between club, school, young person and parent with a more personal approach to communication.
Taster Days All primary schools will have the opportunity to have one day of free cricket coaching from IOMCA qualified coaches. Sessions will be based on batting, bowling and fielding skills including modified games. This will be during May, June and July.
Primary School Festivals New to 2021 will be the chance for all schools to take part in a Year 5 and 6 mixed festival at one of the cricket clubs in each of the four regions across the island. Children will have the chance to receive coaching from IOMCA qualified coaches and take part in a number of kwik cricket matches during the festival. Schools will be able to receive coaching for Year 5 and 6 to support entry in to the regionalised PSSP festivals in conjunction with promotion of the CricStart programme in April, May and June.
Secondary School Girl's 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 May, June and July.
ICC Criiio Cricket Programme
The ICC Criiio Cricket Programme is an easy to deliver 8-week lesson plan which will introduce the fundamentals of batting, bowling and fielding as well as the basic rules of the game. It provides a fun first experience of cricket to participants new to the game.
Key Principles The Criiio Cricket Programme has been developed by leading educational and cricket experts with the main purpose of getting people active. It can be used by schools, clubs, communities and individuals. It is based on a number of key principles:
• A Fun First Experience for someone new to cricket • An adaptable resource that you can adapt to suit your group (age, ability, space, time) • A programme which is Facilitated not coached
The IOMCA will be training a number of coaches to deliver this programme in schools across the Isle of Man in 2021.
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.
Club-School Links 2020
The IOMCA have invested in a primary schools programme to develop a number of club-school 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 club-school link is to provide a pathway from school sport to community (club) sport. 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 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 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.