James Ross - Young Coach of the Year
Kinross Cricket Club coach, James Ross, has been named sportscotland’s Young Coach of the Year for 2012.
Watch a video interview with James HERE
This award was open to coaches aged 25 or younger that have invested in their development as a coach and have made a significant impact on the people they coach. James was required to demonstrate that he has helped the players and teams that he works with reach their potential by dedicated support, invested time and energy in his development as a coach, has undertaken continuous professional development and shown innovative practice in his coaching.
James is being presented with his certificate, award and a cheque for £300 in front of 200 coaches and guests at the Perth & Kinross Coach Development Evening in Perth on 28th November. James will then make a quick change as he is the main presenter at one of the showcase workshops at the event.
James was one of Kinross’s first juniors when he was only 10 years old. This was before the club had a designated junior section and all his games were played for the Sunday XI. James showed his talent and was soon playing for the Scotland youth teams and made several trips overseas to play for Scotland in European Championships as well as a highly successful tour to South Africa.
James continued to play for Kinross despite many national league teams making approaches for him to move. At 17, James took the decision to step out of the Scotland squads to concentrate on his university education, coaching and his growing musical interests which have included the release of two albums and numerous live performances across Scotland. Scotland’s loss was very much Kinross’s gain. As opening bowler and opening batsman for the 1st XI, James has been at the forefront of the club’s success in recent senior league cricket. He currently holds various club records for batting including the highest individual league batting score of 144 not out as well as the most centuries scored for the club.
James has contributed to developing coaching across Perth & Kinross for several years. He became an Area volunteer coach in 2007 and has been acting Area Head coach for the past 18-months. Having graduated from Edinburgh University, he was delighted earlier this month when Live Active Leisure offered him a full-time professional contract to become the Perth & Kinross Area Development Coach. This role will build on the work James has done in not only bringing cricket to children across the County’s primary and secondary schools but also further develop disability cricket which is one of his driving passions. James coaches the full spectrum of players in Perth and Kinross from those adults and children with disabilities to the high performers that play at various level of the national performance pathway.
Jim Moyes, Chief Executive of Live Active, said “James is an inspirational young man who is a ‘shining light’ for others in terms of his selfless devotion to coaching, his unrivalled enthusiasm for all his activity and his ability to motivate, guide, encourage and inspire those with whom he comes into contact. He puts smiles on faces and ensures that sport is fun. The scale of his coaching contribution belies his years and whilst still young, James has been a volunteer coach with Live Active Leisure, a ‘not for profit’ organisation, for the past 5 years and has had a dramatic impact on sport and has greatly increased participation and the subsequent achievements of those with whom he has had contact.
Andy Tennant, Cricket Scotland Head of Performance added “We, at Cricket Scotland, are delighted that James’s efforts have been recognised in the form of this award. His story so far is a lesson in self-motivation and determination to learn and succeed. Having talented young coaches like James working in cricket undoubtedly augers well for the future of the game in Scotland”.
James’s contribution to cricket coaching has been recognised even further as he has been named as one of the three finalists in the UK Young Coach of the Year awards. He is being flown down to London on 20th November to attend the Sport UK Coach of the Year Awards with HRH Princess Anne and a number of the UK Gold Medal Olympians in attendance.