ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Antiguan coaches, were part of an impactful, day-long seminar at the Coolidge Cricket Ground this week which was jointly hosted by Cricket West Indies (CWI) and the Antigua and Barbuda Cricket Association (ABCA). The main aim of the event was to re-engage previously accredited coaches and provide them with an opportunity to share their knowledge on various aspects of cricket coaching, reconnect with each other and identify opportunities to work together to move Antiguan cricket forward. Among the coaches involved were former Test cricketers Winston Benjamin, Kenny Benjamin and Sylvester Joseph, as well as former regional first-class players and national representatives.
CWI High Performance Unit Staff including Coach Development Manager Chris Brabazon, High Performance Manager Graeme West and High Performance Coach Steve Liburd guided the twenty two (22) participants through a range of topics including the West Indies Cricket Pathway, Coaching Philosophy, Applied Skill Acquisition across fielding and batting as well as how to plan and deliver effective, contemporary training sessions.
Brabazon had the following to say on the event:
“It was great to have so many local coaches committed to ongoing developing of their coaching skills. We know that good coaching plays a massive role in the recruitment and retention of players and this group of Antiguan coaches are well placed to have a massive positive impact in the community.”
“CWI are looking forward to rolling out more of these types of workshops across the region where we can reconnect with previously accredited coaches, share some key development priorities from the upper echelons of our West Indies Cricket Pathway and then have our local coaches head back out into their communities and address these areas with our junior players.”
The Antiguan Workshop follows hot on the heels of a series of Coach Development events held in St Kitts over the Easter weekend which included CWI Level 1, Level 2 Coaching Courses and observations of CWI High Performance Program (Level 3) participants.
In its promise to lift coaching standards, over the past three years CWI has delivered over 600 new coaching certificates across eight Caribbean countries, while 16 CWI Coach Developers have also been trained to deliver Level 1 Courses locally. To find out more about CWI’s Coach Development Programme and get involved in coaching, please request a coach development information pack via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.