On Saturday 3rd December saw Leicestershire County Cricket Club hold their first ever female coach support worker course; which was hosted at Beauchamp College. The course was attended by 18 females from a range of environments including community/faith groups, clubs and casual cricket background.
The ultimate aim of the coach support worker course is to ‘equip the candidates with the information and training to enable them to support qualified cricket coaches in running sessions and games.’ The day was heavily focused on coaching women & girls and how to approach getting those new to the game involved and how they can act as role models for inspiring the next generation of females within cricket in a wide capacity; playing, volunteering, following the game. The candidates learnt the importance of safeguarding, warming up and cooling down, how to lead on fun and safe activities and games as well as dealing with poor behaviour and how to incorporate the ECB player centred coaching into their plans for delivery.
One candidate from Chance to Shine Young Adult Street sessions said ‘I was extremely nervous to attend the course and didn’t know what to expect but by the end felt very knowledgeable thanks to the educators and other women in the group.’
A student from DMU said ‘the course was extremely helpful for her as it now allows her to lead some sessions after only recently getting involved with cricket- a perfect starter for a recent newbie!’
Thank you to- Leicestershire & Rutland Sport, Leicester City Council for supporting the candidates in accessing funding to be a part of this course. Overall the course was a success and many happy faces left Beauchamp College ready to excite, inspire and welcome more women & girls to the world of cricket.