The ACC has completed its second Level III coaching program, this time in Sri Lanka following the inaugural one in Bangladesh in October 2009. Twenty five aspiring national coaches from 17 ACC member countries took part in the event.

“It was good to see the calibre of individuals involved, all of them have been active and invested in their Level II qualifications for a number of years and a Level III is directed at these coaches getting the best out of their elite players,” says ACC Development Manager Bandula Warnapura. Creating home-grown coaches who can manage themselves as well as manage their players is the ultimate aim of the ACC coaching programs.

Aminul Islam and Iqbal Sikander
Some countries have more elite players than others. Some countries are beneficiaries of ICC High Peformance Programmes where others are not. Nevertheless all the gathered coaches had one desire in common: the improvement of their countries’ cricketing standards. Presented by Alan Campbell, Dr David Mann and Ross Turner of Turner Campbell Consultants and Aminul Islam, Venkatesh Prasad, Rumesh Ratnayake and Iqbal Sikander of the ACC parts of the seven-day course were held at R.Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.

Course topics included Talent Developing Systems, Athlete, Team and Program Management, Strategies to Develop & Modify Players’ Attitudes and Behaviours, Psychology and Strategies to Build Quality Team Environments as well as technical issues.

“What is good to see is the friendliness, team spirit and mutual respect among the coaches. Some of them are still very young, just at the end of the their playing careers, others have played at the highest level but no one can ever say they know everything there is to know about cricket. Good coaching is about helping the player become the best they can be, results will inevitably be better once that happens,” said ACC Development Officer Rumesh Ratnayake who spent a couple of months on secondment as Sri Lanka’s national coach in 2011.

ACC Development Program

Filed January 9th, 2012