A Level I, ICC endorsed coaching course was held in the northern part of the Country at St john’s College, Jaffna from 23rd to 26thSeptember 2010. This four day program was held under the guidance of the Coach Education Unit of Sri Lanka Cricket. The Coaching program was conducted by former fast bowler JC Gamage.
18 participated in this program, all participants showed great enthusiasm and it was successfully completed. Former National fast bowler and Jaffna Peninsula Provincial coach ‘Ravindra Pushpakumara’ was instrumental in identifying coaches’ from various schools through the district Cricket Association. Among that there were 2 Military officers Brigadier BCJAF Rodrigo and Lieutenant Colonel SPD Jayamahamudalige also took part in this course.
The course content included batting, bowling, fielding, wicket keeping, role of coach, dynamic starching, warm up, warm down, umpiring, coaching philosophy, coaching style, communication, active listening, Coaches code of behavior and the spirit of cricket.
SLC provided ‘Coaching Manuals’ which were translated in Tamil & Sinhala languages as an reference, the teachings were translated in all three languages (Tamil/Sinhala/English)for the convenience of the participants.
This course will be of much importance to the participants who will be actively coaching young Cricketers in the Northern part of the Country.