Sri Lanka Cricket’s (SLC) emphasis at optimising the standards of domestic coaches on an island-wide basis was a top priority initiative under the direction of its far sighted President, Thilanga Sumathipala with the Advanced Level 2 Coaching accreditation program for 2017 reaping rich dividends. This was in respect of raising the coaching standards of both men and women in view of SLC addressing the entire gamut of domestic players from school to club and provincial level. Therein the role of domestic coaches in harnessing player talent from the school to the next level ino the player input feed to the national mainstream consequently saw the country’s coaching mechanism at large being put through a rigorous training programme in 2017.
Accordingly, towards that end the SLC – Coach Education Unit concluded its Advanced Level 2 Coaching accreditation program for 2017 delivering courses in High Performance Centre- Kettarama last week for 20 coaches. The participants included former Test captain/Current Sri Lanka batting coach HashanTillekaratne, women’s national player and Air Force women’s Head coach Chamika Bandara and Current ODI /T20 player Sachith Pathiranapa. The course participants involved with ‘Game sense ‘ training soft ball match creating a wonderful experience for the participants and tutors involved.
The range of topics covered included “Teaching & Learning/ Skill Acquisition/ Communication and Teaching games for understanding sessions” Another important aspect was the interaction between SLC High Performance Coaches and participants while the growing number of female coaches enrolling and searching for more information was a special feature. Participants included SLC – 5 District coaches / Clubs/ Schools and academy coaches from island-wide.
‘Other important topics these coaches fine honed in ranged from Advanced Batting – Theory/Practical, Fast Bowling – Theory/ Practical, Spin Bowling – Theory/ Practical Fielding – – Theory/ Practical, Wicket Keeping – Theory/ Practical, Performance Measurement & Analysing, Physical Requirements for cricket, Role of an advanced coach, Teaching & Learning, Biomechanics, Communication, Skill Acquisition, Mental Toughness and Game Sense.
The Level 2 Coaching Program was headed by Heshan De Mel, Janaka Deegodagamage a Level -3 ICC accredited coach and Chamila Gamage while technical assistance was handled by Sudarshana Jayalath. The tutors and assessors comprised Heshan De Mel, Janaka Deegodagamage, Chamila Gamage and SumithraWarnakulasuriya.
The presenters were Simon Willis, Manager, SLC High Performance Centre, Nalin Jayetileke (Guest Speaker), Piyal Wijetunge, Sumithra Warnakulasuriya, Manoj Abeywickrama, Heshan De Mel, Janaka Deegodagamage, ChamilaGamage, Priyantha Wickramasinghe, Dharshana Weerasinghe and Ashan De Seram.
By Srian Obeyesekere
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