Members of Leicestershire CCC’s coaching and playing staff gave coaches from around the county’s club a chance to pick their brains at the Fischer County Ground. This terrific insight into coaching was provided by The Leicestershire and Rutland Coaches Association (LRCA), who is dedicated to supporting coaches in the local area.

The LRCA Coach Development evening, named ‘The Foxes Way’, was headed up by Leicestershire Performance Development Coach Andy Siddall and saw Elite Performance Director Andrew McDonald and Second XI Coach Pierre de Bruyn offer up words of wisdom on how to coach the five disciplines of cricket.

CAThe newly appointed LRCA chairmen Steve Benson (picture in the left) introduced himself to the members and the role they play in shaping up the LRCA.

In an interactive evening, laced with both information and humour, McDonald told the 20 coaches in attendance that one of his principle beliefs is to emphasise to young players the importance of “self-coaching” whilst out in the middle, getting them to evaluate and take responsibility for their performance as the action unfolds. Players Niall O’Brien, Lewis Hill and Jigar Naik were also on hand to demonstrate practices and give out advice on coaching wicketkeeping and spin bowling respectively.

After putting on a masterclass in coaching wicketkeeping, O’Brien was keen to state that all sessions should be fun, while McDonald added that coaches should not be “afraid to highlight the positives”. The advice was well received by those in attendance, who will now head back to their clubs to apply what they heard on the night.CA2

One of those people was David Smith. He said: “I came away feeling very enthused. The whole evening was full of excellent information, insights and tips. It was the best evening event – of any sort – I’ve been to, for many years.”

Mira Patel said: “It was a really interesting session and it’s good to know there is an open approach to coaching and finding unique players. It was an excellent opportunity to pick the coaches’ brains, and was very helpful.”

The event was free for members of the LRCA, and coaches can keep an eye out for similar events in the future by visiting http://www.leicestershirecricket.co.uk/coaching/lrcb-coaches-association/

Would you like to help grow YOUR coaches association?

We are looking for members willing to contribute just a small amount of time in order to enhance the opportunity provided to coaches across Leicestershire and Rutland. Do you have the skills which could utilize to support the association; these may be sports related, or transferable attributes developed in your personal and professional life? If yes please email Steve Benson SJB777@live.co.uk or Heather Beattie heather@leicestershirecricket.co.uk with subject Help LRCA.