Welcome to the Highland Cricket Development Group
The Group has been established since 2006, and has been successful in establishing an interest in cricket in a number of areas throughout the Highlands - both in terms of junior player participation, mainly through the Primary Schools ASC network, and by enabling the clubs to establish and/or develop junior sections. This has been supported by coach education opportunities by the Coaching Highland Scholarship Funding Scheme and Coach Mentoring sessions during the winter months.
Having successfully carried out school visits and held festivals around the area over the past few years, it is now appropriate to re-evaluate the Group's practices and procedures in terms of its delivery criteria to primary and senior schools in the area, so as to ensure all parties are aware of the required level of support to sustain growth of the game. Having been agreed by the Group, implementation of the revised procedures will commence Post-2008 Season until Easter 2010; regular reviews and amendments may be made as the Plan is implemented.
The following will be implemented and supported by the Group:-
- Primary School visits during the Summer Term, based upon the best use of the available volunteer workforce; such requests to be made by the appropriate Highland Council officer(s) via Cricket Scotland's Highlands & Islands Community Development Manager ("CDM")
- ASCs/schools should note that, in return for these visits, they should agree to participate in the Pan-Highland Kwikcricket Festival due to take place at Ross County CC, Strathpeffer on Friday 05 June 2009, confirmation of which will be given via the Council's network
- local based club will provide the 'link' between school(s) receiving sessions, and notifying them of organised practice sessions (e.g. junior training nights, etc) and appropriate level competitions; such information to be supplied to the appropriate Council officer(s)
- provide teacher/deliverer training Workshops for Kwikcricket and the National Introductory Programme ('NIPpers') so as to enable cricket based activities to be provided by teaching staff in a structured and progressive manner - such Workshops to be provided by the CDM on an area basis in consultation with the appropriate Highland Council officer
- in view of the Cricket Scotland National Schools Competitions in 2009, the CDM in consultation with the appropriate member of staff within the Highland Council, identify up to 6 Senior Schools to receive supported training sessions from club coaches in preparation for the Competition, to take place at Stirling County CC on Thursday 18 June 2009
- support and administer the introduction of a mid-week, hardball, limited overs competition, organised on an inter-club basis to commence in April/May 2009
- all Highlands based clubs identify a 'Junior Development Officer' to provide regular updates on club activity to Group meetings, circulate details of their activities relevant to junior players via the Highland Council's local schools network
- the Group identify players, and seek nominations for lead coaches, for 'Highland Development Squads' at under 12, 14 and 16 age groups in order to provide suitable players for both Inter-Area fixtures and the Caledonian Regional Academy