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andrewb62
Andrew Beaven said:

Slightly surprised to be the first to comment on this...maybe it is just such a big announcement that members are taking their time to think through the ramifications of the new Coaching Plan for England. Or perhaps a lot of them aren’t actually in England?

The Coaching Plan presents an exciting (and slightly scary) vision – joined-up thinking always is challenging, as it exposes the gaps and weaknesses in the current model that need to be remedied.

There is a lot to digest, and getting a significant number of NGBs onside on the timescale envisaged in the Plan looks ambitious. Is there scope for working in parallel with NGBs? The concept of “generic level 1” qualifications is mentioned – perhaps the starting point, rather than the NGBs’ own coaching pathways?

“‘A lot of people don’t associate with coaching,’ says Stuart. ‘They think it is just technical people doing things like skills acquisition. But actually coaching is about providing experiences for people.’”

I think that might well be one area of challenge to the Plan, perhaps from members of this Community.

‘…technical people doing things like skills acquisition…” is exactly what a lot of us spend our working and/or voluntary hours doing. Which isn’t to say that we don’t do “experiences” (or “participation”), or that this isn’t part of coaching as we recognise it. Just that it falls somewhere down the “to-do list”, somewhere after “performance”, “outcomes”, “excellence” or “mastery”.

It will be really interesting to see how the Plan evolves – very happy to be along for the ride!

06/12/16
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andrewb62
Andrew Beaven said:

“…one of the big missions of the Coaching Plan…[is]…to enable people to become coaches much more easily than they currently can.”

Coincidentally (or maybe not), the ECB are in the process rolling out a new entry level cricket programme (5-8 year olds; club based) which apparently includes a promise to be “... unbureaucratic and...not require the level of training of coaches [that] clubs are normally used to.”

All Stars Cricket is still at the “request for expression of interest” stage, with more formal announcements promised in the New Year, but a couple of County Boards have been a little more forthcoming (which is where I gleaned the comment on coach training).

It will be fascinating to see how this programme looks, and how the new generation of coaches will develop.

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