Getting Your Club Ready - Training Opportunities for Volunteers

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This winter we have a wide range of courses available to help your club be in the best possible place to make 2022 a fantastic season.

These courses range across:

  • Safeguarding: making sure your club is safe and welcoming
  • Activator training: getting going in helping your child and club offer a great first experience of cricket in All Stars or Dynamos Cricket
  • Coach education courses: starting or continuing your journey as a cricket coach
  • When the captain asks you to umpire or score and you could do with knowing the basics? Check out our Umpire/ Scorer online level 1 (foc)
  • Helping women become role model volunteers for the girls join your club

More about our courses & training:-

Activator: Help your child have a great experience at All Stars and Dynamos Cricket as an Activator: put your hand up to help your club with this quick and easy no knowledge required short course.

Becoming a coach                               ECB Support Coach: Try our entry level coaching course

Getting a coach qualification              ECB Foundation I Coach:

Progressing your coaching skills         ECB Core Coach

First Aid                                                  Courses

Basic Umpiring                                      free online course

Basic scoring                                          free online course

 

Safeguarding

Cricket Wales have planned a series of Safe Hands (SH) courses for Club Safeguarding Officers (CSO’s) prior to the 2022 season commencing, with additional courses to be run through the year should we need to do so.  CSO’s are an essential part of the safeguarding network, helping to provide safe and welcoming environments for everyone playing our game.  To perform this role, CSO’s must hold an ECB registered DBS check (provided free for all volunteers), the Safe Hands course, and lastly a face-to-face attendance at a Safeguarding and Protecting Children Course (SPC), or the ECB’s online Safeguarding Young Cricketers Course (SYC).

Previously in Wales we have combined the SPC/SYC with the Safe Hands course into one four-hour face to face delivery, but we don’t need to do that anymore.  So, our CSO’s will simply need to attend a three-hour face to face delivery and they can complete the online SYC at their convenience either prior to or following the Safe Hands course.

Cricket Wales will subsidise the cost of these course and encourage clubs to send more than one CSO to each course.  The costs for attending being:

One Person attending - £10 (discounted from our previous £40)

Two Persons attending - £10 (Buy One Get One Free) – must be two people from the same club attending the same training day

Three Persons attending – All three will be free – must be three people from the same club attending the same training day

You can access the courses through the Cricket Wales Safeguarding Page – here.

Why are we encouraging more people to attend?

Clubs only need one fully trained CSO to be compliant with minimum safeguarding standards.  But having more than one is not just good practice, it increases the visibility of safeguarding and allows clubs to have resilience should the CSO decide to step down or become unavailable.  Additionally, and importantly, we actively encourage male and female attendance from each club – children may feel more comfortable speaking with a male or a female and this provides additional safeguards for clubs.  Legally, the responsibility for safeguarding sits with the ECB, Cricket Wales, and Clubs – at club level, it is the Club Chair who is responsible for safeguarding – we suggest and support Club Chair’s attend this training alongside CSO’s.

Any questions regarding the training can be sent to Steve Davies (West), Ian Martin (North), or Mark Dixon (East), or through your League Safeguarding Officers listed below.

Robin VARLEY – West Wales Cricket Club Conference

Brian JONES – South Wales Premier League

Dave LOOSMORE – Pembroke County CC

Tony MOSS – North Wales Premier League 

Angharad REES and Ben ROBERTS – South Wales Cricket Association 

Derek PICKEN – South-East Wales Cricket League

Thank you to all clubs for the work that you do to make cricket a safe and enjoyable place for everyone in Wales.

 

Coach Education

As we come off the back of a great year for coach education in Wales which saw the launch of two new courses, namely the Foundation I and Support Coach Courses, we are heading into the new year and new season with a new course, ECB Core Coach (previously level 2).

The reshuffle of the coach education courses has been met with great enthusiasm and positivity by coach developers and candidates alike. The flow, content and overall tempo of the courses has meant that learners have been able to thrive and get as much as possible out of the courses to help them on their coaching journey’s, which has a positive knock on effect at club and pathway level. The surge of the Women and Girls involved in cricket is also having a big impact on the numbers and demographic of people attending the courses, which in turn is creating a relaxed and friendly learning environment.

Testimonials:

Foundation I: "I just want to say how worthwhile and enjoyable I found the Foundation 1 course at over the last couple of weeks.   I learned a lot in a very short space of time – your constructive feedback/challenge was really helpful - but it was also great fun. I am sure others who attended would have felt the same. It’s pitched just right, there’s nothing I would change and I will certainly recommend it to club colleagues. Thank you!" - Matthew Price

 Core Coach: ‘’Thanks for the course last weekend, I really enjoyed it and it was exactly what I was hoping it would be. It is the technical details that I am lacking in my coaching and having the opportunity to work through them with other coaches and coach developers was really useful. I think the practical nature of the course is ideal. It gives all of us coaches the opportunity to practice and refine our skills in a safe and supportive way, whilst also teaching us the important technical stuff that we will need to use when we go back to our clubs. I am really looking forward to the next part of the course’’ – Mike Probert, after attending the first two days of the course.

 We have a whole host of courses on offer all over Wales so why not get involved at your local club and to give you the confidence of helping out in those sessions why not attend one of our courses, all details are here.

For more information please do get in touch with Mark, Steve or Ian.

South West: [email protected]

South East: [email protected]

North/Mid: [email protected]

 

 

 

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