Cricket Coaches Australia
South Australia's Multicultural community get coached!
23 Coaches from multiple countries and cultures attended a Community Coaching Course held at Adelaide University C.C.
Tom Rutherford (SACA Coach Development Manager) and Andrew Zesers facilitated a Multicultural group from across several communities
The Community course was organised by SACA’s Community Engagement team in consultation with multicultural community groups and in conjunction with Adelaide University C.C. who hosted the course and are also involved in the upcoming Friendship Cup.
Participants came from a diverse range of backgrounds with varied experience and current coaching level; from Kanga cricket and Primary School teams, through to Premier Cricket and a couple of players playing in 1st and 2nd Grade Premier Cricket as well.
The course was split across two sessions, with the first one on the 15th followed by another session on the 20th.
Coaches were provided with the Promo Codes for Multicultural Coaches – those from a non-English-speaking background. As such, the attendance represents a significant investment in coaching in the multicultural sector from Australian Cricket.
Tavis Vallance, Cricket Australia's Multicultural Participation Manager is encouraged by courses like this taking place, "In order for cricket to truly be a sport for all Australians we need to assist groups who are traditionally underrepresented in the cricket coaching ranks. It's important to give everyone to the opportunity to better themselves, particularly if individuals who may not have been exposed to or identified by cricket's mainstream cricket/coaching pathways."
Attendees are leaders in their communities, providing wide-ranging benefits for both the community and Australian Cricket, while also establishing and strengthening links with these key community groups. The Pakistani Australian Association of South Australia provided very positive feedback after the first session last night. Tom Rutherford was happy to see the interest in gaining the Community Coach Accreditation – “It was brilliant to see so many different backgrounds represented at the course, working together and learning not only from the facilitators and the material, but also from each other.”
There were 23 coaches at the course, with groups such as the Nepalese Cricket Association Australia, Pakistani Australian Association of SA, and communities from Indian, Afghan, Sri Lankan, Bangladesh, Bhutanese and Hindu backgrounds.
Tom explained why it is important for these courses to take place and help strengthen coaching in South Australia – “Many key South-Asian community groups were represented and these coaches can now go back and help educate their communities, as well as improve their own coaching. This course further strengthened links with some of these key stakeholders in community cricket in SA.”
Cricket Australia in conjunction with the State & Territory Cricket Associations are providing a limited number of fully subsidised Community Coaching courses to groups who are traditionally under-represented in the cricket coaching and umpiring ranks.If you or anyone you know may qualify for the subsidised courses just click here for details.