New DG Cricket Community Coach gets to work

Chris Stewart, Dumfries and Galloway's new Community Cricket Coach

Chris Stewart, Dumfries and Galloway's new Community Cricket Coach

Cricket in Dumfries and Galloway has had a major boost with the appointment of a new community cricket coach. The post will provide cricket coaching to children across the region encouraging them to take part in this growing sport. Scotland as a national side has been prominent in recent years in World Cups and International matches against England and Australia and interest in the sport has continued to grow.

Cricket Scotland in partnership with Dumfries and Galloway Council and the Dumfries and Galloway Cricket Development Group has appointed Chris Stewart to the newly created role of Community Cricket Coach for the region.

The new post will deliver coaching sessions to local schools, organise local competitions and assist club coaches in developing their sessions. The aim is to expand upon the junior cricket played locally in schools and clubs. Schools will be linked with their local club to ensure that there is support for the school and a thriving group of such clubs in the future.

This project to develop cricket in Dumfries and Galloway is supported with funding from the Rural Dumfries & Galloway LEADER Programme, the Hollywood Trust, Cricket Scotland, Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Leisure and Sport department, and local cricket clubs.

Chris, a Level 2 Coach from Langholm, is completing his Cricket Development Apprenticeship (SVQ) with Cricket Scotland and has just taken up his new position. Of his appointment Chris says “I want to give everyone, boys and girls, the chance to play cricket in Dumfries and Galloway and see strong links between schools and clubs as especially important. It is key that youngsters get the chance to play club cricket”.

Andy Reed, Leisure Services Manager, Sports Development with Dumfries and Galloway Council, said “Cricket is one of the Council’s 14 priority sports and we are pleased to enter into partnership with Cricket Scotland and the local clubs to provide a quality programme for young aspiring cricketers across the region. We see this appointment as crucial to developing the clubs and the sport within the region. “.

Local schools are currently being contacted about cricket visits but if cricket is already being played or an introduction to cricket is wanted then schools can contact Chris for assistance at DG One on 01387 267225 ext 63278 or email Chris.Stewart@dumgal.gov.uk.

More information about how to play junior cricket in Dumfries and Galloway can be found here at http://www.dgcricket.org.uk.

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