The nature of the cricket programme offered and the way it is delivered is important to the experience people have of your club and contributes to their decision as to whether to stay involved in the game long-term. Most people like to feel safe, have fun and spend time with their friends in and environment that allows them to play the game, learn new things, and achieve their individual and collective potential.
Whenever good coaches coach, they consider the players’ needs first and try to create the best possible coaching environments for them. A player- centred approach will provide players, whatever their playing ability with a higher quality experience and enable you and your club to be more successful in the recruitment, retention and development of players.
The ECB Player Development Model provides clarity to the types of experiences players are likely to require, appropriate to their development, throughout all the stages of the life cycle (i.e. child, young person and adult).
Two key themes that underpin the ECB Player Development Model are:
- Players have particular needs at particular times during their development
- Coaches who meet those needs have a greater chance of being synchronised and in tune with players
Clubs should provide suitable intra and/or inter club competition. Developing an appropriate competition programme is vital for young people as it is one significant reason why many join a club in the first place. There are many different formats of the game that can be used and adapted to suit the varied needs, motivations and lifestyles of current and potential participants.
Guidance is provided on supervising young players and minimum player to coach ratios. Coaching staff have a key role in establishing an appropriate coaching environment and creating a successful playing programme. Clubs have to demonstrate that coaches are trained to appropriate levels and that the activities undertaken reflect best practice in the development of young people.
Page last updated by PG – 2 October 2015