It was a busy final term for the Club and Community Coaches, each of them summarise their delivery below. If you are a school or club who wants support promoting and delivering cricket then please contact us.
South Devon - Niall Leahy
In my first full term in post the aim was to visit as many schools as possible. Throughout this term I was able to run 22 Engagement Days. These engagement days were used to promote junior cricket across South Devon, from Brixham to Bovey Tracey!
Engagement Day Schools: Abbotskerswell, Ashburton, Bearnes, Berry Pomeroy, Bovey Tracey, Bradley Barton, Brixham, Canada Hill, Decoy, Diptford, Galmpton, Homelands, Ilsham, Our Lady of the Angels, Priory, Shiphay, St Catherine's, St Margaret's, St Marychurch, Torre, Totnes St John, Warberry.
During the term I also visited Barton Hill Academy to run a 6-week whole schools programme in which the effort, skills and enthusiasm on show over the 6 weeks was superb.
This term also presented the unique opportunity of going into Kings Ash academy and running a 6-week dynamos cricket programme as part of the Sky Sports and ECB initiative. It was great to see the group developing their batting, bowling and fielding skills but also challenge themselves in what was a new sport for most involved.
North Devon - James Kemp
Term 6 was fantastically busy throughout, 5 schools took part in whole school programmes - Sampford Peverell, Appledore, Landkey, Kingsacre and Caen. These programmes supported various clubs including Sampford Peverell & Tiverton, Barnstaple & Pilton, Bideford, Braunton, Newton Tracey and Filleigh.
It was great to see so many children enjoying cricket, developing their cricket skills and wanting to carry on outside of school.
Along with this I helped Ann- Marie, our Women & Girls Development Officer, deliver a secondary schools leadership day at Braunton Academy. The girls were lined up to assist in 2 primary schools festivals, but unfortunately Covid got in the way of these.
In September I will be delivering 2 whole school programmes at St Helens (Bideford) & South Molton CofE (Filleigh & North Molton).
East Devon - Damian Price
Term 6, the sun came out and it was all about Whole School Programmmes. I delivered 4 of them across the term at Woodbury, St Andrews (Cullompton), Littleham (Exmouth) and St Peters (Budleigh Salterton). An enjoyable term being able to improve all the boys and girls cricketing skills across 6 weeks. Some of the improvement we saw, especially from the younger children was amazing, and it was great to hear children going home at the end of the day telling their mum and dad that Cricket was the best part of their day! With School trips and end of term celebrations, it was also fantastic that schools took advantage of the time they had booked in and offered the opportunity to other classes that weren’t lucky enough to get the full 6 weeks.
Wednesdays were all about Engagement days, working with West Exe Secondary School. I delivered in 4 of their 5 feeder Schools, as they were unable to offer any of the inter school competitions, they would normally offer due to Covid-19. I visited St Thomas, Ide, Redhills and Bowhill. It was fantastic to visit some new schools, and to highlight the opportunities there are for the children to play cricket outside of school.
“The cricket engagement day was fab. Damian was great with the kids and the sessions were fun and engaging. There was clear differentiation between the year groups, with a variety of activities. Most activities enabled all children to experience some measure of success. Damian gave suggestions on how to make activity more and less difficult.” Teacher St Thomas School
West Devon - Jonny Varcoe
Term 6 was extremely busy with whole school programmes being delivered to Whitchurch, Mary Deans, St Peter’s (Tavistock), Hooe and Chaddlewood.
I also returned to Ernesettle and Widey Court during Term 6 to deliver some more Engagement days to the year groups that missed out in the previous terms.
Term 6 also provided the opportunity for some young leaders training both at Newton Abbott College and Stoke Damerel CC. Both schools were great and we hope to see these young leaders help at various cricket festivals next year.