CoachED Media Release

 No: Coa2004

27 July 2020

Embargo: None

 Written by: Dave Macleod

Birrell & Walter urge aspiring coaches to take on CoachED Elite Accreditation

Durban – Just a handful of places are still available in the next intake of the ground-breaking CoachED Cricket Online Coach Education programme’s Elite Accreditation course that gives aspiring coaches unrivalled insight into the methods and processes of some of the world’s best coaches.

Throughout the current Elite Accreditation course the candidates have been exposed to the likes of Australian head coach Justin Langer, current India Under 19 coach and former superstar Rahul Dravid, former Proteas coach Eric Simons as well as former assistant coach to the Proteas and current Hampshire head coach Adi Birrell and Otago Volts head coach Rob Walter.

Birrell spent a lot of time coaching with Gary Kirsten and has been in the game for many years. His experience is something that he wants to share and he relished that opportunity when he joined a recent webinar with the CoachED Elite Accreditation candidates.

“I share as much as I can about my experiences and what I have learnt through the years,” Birrell said. “I don’t have a secret stash of coaching secrets that I keep back, I want to pass my knowledge on and that is the best way to give back to the game.

“I have always enjoyed coaching and mentoring coaches because coach education is something that I have always been interested in and being able to engage with the coaches on the course has been brilliant.”

Birrell has a long list of credentials which include coaching the Warriors franchise and the Ireland national team as well as assisting Russell Domingo with the Proteas. He believes that courses like CoachED can only enhance the level of coaches.

“I was lucky in that I managed to complete my coaching courses through Cricket South Africa and through the England and Wales Cricket Board many years ago.

“There are so many coaches out there now trying to get their qualifications so to be able to use a platform like this to better yourself as a coach is only going to be beneficial.

“It’s far more difficult now to get those higher qualifications so you have to try other methods and the CoachED course is a great way to grow as a coach,” he added.

Another coach that has contributed to the current Elite Accreditation course is Rob Walter. A man that has been involved in the Indian Premier League, has coached the Titans locally and now heads up the Otago Volts in New Zealand.

Passing knowledge on to aspiring coaches and having a dedicated platform where this can be done like CoachED is gold according to Walter.

"The best way to build knowledge is to learn from other coaches' experience so I think it's essential for coaches to share their experiences and their knowledge and help each other grow.

"That way you don't bump heads and you learn lessons and accelerate each other’s paths so it is a kind of way of paying it forward I guess."

Walter felt privileged to be able to share his experiences with the coaches given the calibre of coaches that have been part of the course.

"It's amazing to see the quality of coaches that have spoken during the course and that the coaches on the course have had access to.

"If I had that opportunity early on in my career it only makes sense that I would have grown as a coach.

"I would love to share more on the platform. It's very humbling to have shared on this course when you look at others who have give time to share."

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Former Proteas assistant coach and current head coach at Hampshire Adi Birrell has shared his coaching experience and expertise with the current candidates taking part in the CoachED Elite Accreditation course. Supplied

Current Otago Volts head coach and former Titans coach Rob Walter has been part of a list of high-profile coaches sharing on the current CoachED Elite Accreditation course. Otago Daily Times

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