Sri Lanka Cricket National Coaching Department conducted a two day program on the 8th & 9th of May at St, John College , Jaffna in the Northern part of the Country with regard to searching for young talent at age group level & educating Cricket Coaches from districts such as ‘Jaffna /Mulative /Vavunia /Kilinochchi / Manner’
On the first day the talent search program was attended by (110) young Cricketers from the age group of U.14 to U.19, the Cricketers were from various Schools & represented their Districts in the Northern Provincial program. Cricketers identified with talent will continue to work under a close eye of the respective District Coach, while any Cricketers identified with extreme talent will be drafted to the National age group squads which are managed by the SLC National Coaching department.
The following day a ‘Coach Education Program’ was conducted to all Cricket Coaches who are in the Coaching fraternity in the Northern Province, this program was was attended by (48) Coaches & was conducted successfully, other than the Cricketing area the teachings also included a subject on ‘Physiotherapy’ in the effort of sharing ones knowledge & making an awareness with regard to the importance of this area related to injury management of young Cricketers which is a common feature in today’s context.
SLC also linked up with the ‘Sri Lanka Schools Cricket Association’ in conducting a program for the Schools ‘Masters In Charge’ involved in Cricket with regard to the duties one is expected to perform during his or her involvement, this program was attended by (35) participants.
The ‘Coach Education Unit’ of the SLC National Coaching Department conducted this program with the assistance of ‘Naveed Nawaz’ (U.19 National Coach), Upul Chandana (U.19 Fielding Coach), Piyal Wijetunga (National Spin Bowling Coach), Prabath Nissanka (U.19 Fast Bowling Coach), JC Jamage & Heshan De Mel (Coach Educators)
While the SLC Provincial & District Coaching network was utilized in organizing & conducting this two day program, the occasion was also graced by the Secretary of the ‘Jaffna’ District Cricket Association.