Cricket Coaches Australia
Cricket Australia and the BCCI partner for coaching programs
Cricket Australia recently partnered with the BCCI to deliver two Representative (Level 2) courses at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore.
The courses provided a great opportunity to strengthen the ties between the two Cricket Boards and share the knowledge and expertise between the two countries. 25 male coaches and 25 female coaches were nominated by the BCCI to attend the courses and included current State & Indian National coaches at senior and youth level. The first course for 25 female coaches from across India included current women’s head coach Ms. Purnima Rau, as well as two other past national coaches, current assistant coach and three past national captains.
Eight coaches from across Australian Cricket were provided with a Professional Development opportunity to travel to India and co-deliver the courses as facilitators and coach educators.
The Australian Cricket staff included:
- Paul Montgomery (Cricket Victoria Coach Development Manager)
- Jonathan Connor (CA Skill Acquisition Specialist)
- Lindsay Flinn (WACA Coach Development co-ordinator)
- John Hayes (TAS Coach Development Manager)
- Nicola Browne* (NSW/ACT Game Development Mgr and former NZ Women’s Pace Bowler)
- Jude Coleman* (Queensland Cricket Talent Officer and former Qld Fire All-rounder)
- Jeff Thomas (Queensland Cricket - Coach Development Manager)
- Mark Cameron (Cricket NSW - Coach/Pathway Manager - Northern)
John Hayes, Cricket Tasmania’s Coach Development Manager was encouraged by the reaction the coaches attending the course had to the program content “They really embraced the Australian Way coaching philosophy, they felt they could structure better learning & activities based environments for their athletes to develop and grow by concentrating on the what, not the how
Matthew Betsey, Cricket Australia's National Coaching Manager emphasised the opportunity these courses present for the Australian Cricket Staff in delivering these courses overseas. "The BCCI and CA are working collaboratively to combine their knowledge and expertise to contribute to the development of a better global game. This provides Australian Cricket staff with a great opportunity to develop their capacity as coach educators and their value to our system.I am glad that we could recognise Coach Development Managers but also recent High Performance (Level 3) Coach candidate and ACT Game Development Manager Nicola Browne and Queensland Cricket Talent Officer Jude Coleman."
The BCCI reported that it is confident that the coaches will benefit immensely from this program. "Apart from gaining more insights about the latest methods in coaching, a number of such initiatives are being chalked out in the future, wherein the BCCI and CA will work towards a common goal where top cricketing countries can combine their intellectual abilities and contribute towards the development of the game."