WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?
With your help as a cricket coach, the hopes of township children can be turned into a reality as they dream of improving their cricket skills. The main focus of our cricket placement is to give kids the chance to play the game in a fun and structured environment so we welcome volunteers with any level of cricket experience, be it playing socially with friends, representing your school, club or university team or even as far as holding coaching qualifications. The emphasis is not on developing Africa's next international star, but on getting alongside children from less advantaged backgrounds and building friendships whilst sharing a common experience. Whatever your background be assured that you will be able to offer something positive to the children you work with, making this an exceptionally rewarding project!
WHAT WILL I BE DOING?
During your coaching placement, you will be under the guidance of our in country team. The first stage as a coach is to help organise and run training sessions and matches for the children, as well as providing them with decent cricket equipment to use. This will be a great experience for forming relationships with the players and also for developing your own confidence. The second stage will be planning and running cricket tournaments that incorporate both matches and team building activities. Although the focus is on personal skills and sports development, there will be ample opportunity to scout for talented individuals who, with the right support and training, could go on to play professional level cricket. The cricket academies with which we work are keen to identify the individuals who will form South Africa's next generation of test match cricketers. Who knows, you may meet players who are destined for a future in the top end of the game!
Being a cricket coach in South Africa will mean you are responsible for running and supervising all training and matches for the players. This may sound daunting but you will soon realise that you have an understanding of cricket that the players are desperate to acquire. The rewards are great because the players are enthusiastic but they rarely get the chance to experience a team structure. By introducing simple batting and fielding techniques, as well as position holding and team play, your players will develop rapidly. You will also have solid support from the other volunteers, our in country staff and local coaches, who will give you all the training methods and ideas that you might need. From technical bowling theory to beach cricket, you will soon develop your own coaching programme, unique to you and your players.