Coaching Course Success in the West
On Saturday 22nd November, the sport of cricket was the winner as Gourock was chosen as the venue for an ICC Introduction to Cricket course, which was successfully completed by nine future coaches.
Inverclyde Cricket Club was one of the driving forces behind the course as they continue to progress their new development plan which aims to see more and more people from the local area participating in the sport. This is a particularly special year for the cricket club as they are celebrating their 60th anniversary. Founded in 1954 as part of Scotts Shipbuilding social club, the club changed name to Inverclyde Cricket Club following the demise of the company in 1987. The club originally had their home ground at Battery Park but now compete from their present home ground of GourockPark.
Douglas Pilkington, Inverclyde Cricket Club President, said “I am delighted with the uptake and I would like to congratulate the participants for successfully completing the introductory course. This course provides an ideal platform for those who wish to take up cricket but don’t really know where to start and I hope that this is the first of many in the Inverclyde area. We are also offering taster sessions to local primary and secondary schools to try and encourage young people into the sport.”
The venue for the introductory course was St Columba’s High School which is also the base for a new Community Sport Hub (CSH). The CSH initiative has been one of sportscotland’s flagship programmes since 2011. It is a key part of developing a world class sporting system at all levels across schools, clubs and performance sport.
The Community Sport Hub provides a home for sport in the local community and focuses clubs and organisations that want to work together to improve their local community. Each CSH works to grow participation in sport and physical activity, engage with the local community, promote community leadership, offer a range of sporting opportunities and bring local people together for the benefit of sport.
The course was delivered by the national governing body, Cricket Scotland, as part of their coach education and development pathway. The course tutor was Regional Participation Manager Tim Hart, who is responsible for developing the sport of cricket in the west of Scotland.
Tim said “This course would not have been possible without the desire from Inverclyde Cricket Club to develop cricket in Gourock. I would like to thank the CSH for their vital support to the course by providing the sports hall. Thanks to this partnership working approach, the game of cricket will now benefit in the local area. Nine people completing this course is great news for cricket and I am sure it will have provided them with some new ideas as well as confidence as they go on to deliver sessions on their own.”