CoachED Media Release

 No: Coa2001

26 June 2020

Embargo: None

 Written by: Nick Tatham


CoachED receiving buy-in from top cricketing schools

Durban – Despite the impact of the coronavirus on school activities, the pioneering CoachED Cricket Online Coach Education programme continues to reach some of the country’s top schools cricketing coaches through the Elite Accreditation package on their online portal.

The course has caught the eye of a number of high profile cricket coaches in South Africa and around the world. Included in these are St Andrews’ Director of Cricket Carl Bradfield and Kingswood High Performance Cricket Coach Murray Ranger as well as recently retired Warriors fast bowler Andrew Birch giving a distinct Eastern Cape flavour to the current crop.

Ranger, who represented Border and the Warriors as a player, was full of praise for the course and what it can offer to coaches hoping to expand their knowledge and expertise.

“I have loved every minute of the course so far,” Ranger said. “To be able to interact with other coaches and have access to all of this information has been incredible and has opened my eyes to other ways of thinking about the game.

“Having a platform where your ways of thinking are challenged by some of the best in the business can only make you a better coach.”

The Elite Accreditation course comes with direct access to ICC Cricket World Cup winning coach Gary Kirsten as well as a number of other professional coaches and players from around the world, including Australian national coach Justin Langer and current captain of South Africa Faf Du Plessis to name a few.

“To be able to have one-on-one time with Gary Kirsten is incredible and it’s something that you will never get with any other coaching course!

“I’ve completed the Cricket South Africa coaching course but this is not the same and is on a different level,” Ranger added.

Having nearly completed the twelve week course, Ranger is confident that he will be able to push his other coaches to take part in the CoachED Accreditation course which is aimed at less experienced coaches and covers eleven interactive online modules.

“It’s a fantastic way for us to upskill the other coaches at the school,” he mentioned. “We’ll be looking into getting as many cricket coaches onto the various courses as possible as we can see the benefits of it.”

St Andrews Director of Cricket and former Eastern Province batsman Carl Bradfield echoed Ranger’s sentiments but also felt that all those taking part in the current CoachED Elite Accreditation package were all willing to help each other grow.

“Sometimes you get coaches who don’t want to give away their secrets but it feels like we are all a team,” Bradfield said. “Everyone is very supportive and looking out for each other.”

As an experienced schools cricket coach Bradfield believes that the course is the ultimate passage to improving as a mentor.

“It’s providing us with the highest level of knowledge. We are receiving information from the highest end of cricket coaches and players.

“You cannot be exposed to that sort of information anywhere else,” he explained.

“We will definitely be looking into getting our coaches at St Andrews onto the CoachED programme.”

For more information visit www.coachedcricket.com.

Should you require any further assistance please contact Nick Tatham (083 610 1232) or email nick@gameplanmedia.co.za.

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