The country’s domestic cricket will benefit by Sri Lanka Cricket’s coaching license renewal programme that will see approximately 700 Level-1, 2 & 3 coaches at district level serving the domestic schools. This program is aimed at uplifting the communication skills and improving the standards in transferring player skills into their games. Under this programme, several coaching clinics have been conducted and already 350 coaches have qualified and a similar number will complete the course by Mid-of this year.
This program was conducted on a provincial basis covering Colombo, Kalutara and Gampaha districts in the Western Province, Batticaloa, Ampara and Trincomalee in the East, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Matale in North Central, Nuwara-Eliya, Kandy and Kegalle in the Central and Puttalam and Kurunegela in Wayamba and Galle, Matara and Hambantota in the South.
Head of SLC’s Coach Education unit said that the participating coaches will benefit in preparing effective session plans, sequencing effective drills and measuring the skill application of their players.
The provincial-wise concept commenced in January this year and will conclude by Mid-Year. The domestic school cricket structure will benefit from this program, where they will use this knowledge in their day to day coaching. As per Sri Lanka Schools Cricket Association they will not allow any coach to coach without having a valid coaching license which they need to re-new every 2 years by going thorough this program.
All candidates must compulsorily be accredited coaches from schools, clubs or the academy. Licenses will be issued consequent to scrutinizing the successful candidates. Accordingly, license cards will be issued to successful schools’ coaches, where they can present to any school official. This will bear the SLC logo as well as that of the Schools Cricket Association. All School principals will be instructed by the Sri Lanka Schools Cricket Association to employ only coaches who possess this particular coaching license going forward.
By Srian Obeyesekere
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