02 Sept 2020
Dutch assistant coach Hilditch joins CoachED ‘900 Club’
Durban – As the new intake get to grips with their CoachED Cricket Online
Coaching programme’s Elite Accreditation, assistant coach to the
Netherlands men’s national team James Hilditch became part of the
exclusive ‘900 Club’ where he scored over 90% in the recently completed
Elite Accreditation course.
Hilditch is a former age group state player in Australia, however during
his playing days he spent a lot of time on the side-lines injured. This
forced him to change his approach and move to coaching which has taken him
to international coaching.
Moving through the ranks and getting to the international level of
coaching hasn’t diminished Hilditch’s passion for learning.
“As a coach, you are always looking to challenge yourself and constantly
wanting to learn and get better,” Hilditch said.
“During the lockdown, the format of this course being online was perfect.
“I was also drawn in by the names who were running the course, as they
have been involved with both some of the biggest International and
franchise teams in the world. I was fascinated to learn from the best, and
wanted to challenge my coaching philosophies and theories against theirs.
“Personally, I love to see what other coaches do and what their strengths
are. To be able to have one on one zoom sessions with coaches of their
calibre was going to be invaluable for me.”
Receiving over 90% for his efforts during the course was a significant
achievement, however Hilditch was determined that he would put the right
amount of effort and work into the course so he could get the most out of
“I found the course to be very intellectually stimulating but also
“With the accreditation examinations, it was great to check in with the
fundamentals of the game and to highlight to yourself where you’re at with
“It is probably a good 15-18 hours of work a week if you are thorough,
however, the connections you build in the group assignments and the
in-depth analysis of your elite examination answers is absolutely
priceless for any coach.
“It is always hard when you’re working as a coach to get independent
feedback on your work, and I really enjoyed receiving it and seeing what
Ryan (Cook) and Gary (Kirsten) had to say. I definitely learnt a lot from
Hilditch’s experience with the Elite Accreditation was completely unique
to anything that he has done before and he was full of praise for the
course and those that were involved in making it so invaluable.
“CoachED cricket coaching course would be a valuable endeavour for any
coach to undertake, regardless of their level of experience or previous
“It was a fantastically run course and taught by some of the best cricket
thinkers around. The level of one-on-one contact between the course
coordinators (in Gary Kirsten & Ryan Cook) is unrivalled by other coaching
“Having the likes of Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble, Andy Flower, Graeme Smith,
Faf Du Plessis, Justin Langer and many more talk about their coaching
theories/philosophies, reflecting on their careers and providing advice to
young coaches was absolutely invaluable and has definitely already helped
me become a better coach.
“The rarity about this course is after its completion there is still
continued contact, and a support system developed between the coaches on
the course that I can now use as a resource moving forward,” he added.
For more information on CoachED and the accreditation packages that they
offer visit www.coachedcricket.com
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Netherlands Cricket assistant coach James Hilditch (left) pictured with
former England all-rounder Luke Wright (right). Hilditch joined the
prestigious '900 Club' as he achieved over 90% for his CoachED Cricket
Online Coaches Programme's Elite Accreditation.
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