Article on the National Rural Network website

The Community Development Coach project of D&G Cricket Development Group aims to provide a resource for local schools and cricket clubs.

In this article you can find out about the Community Development Coach, D&G Cricket Development project which was part funded by LEADER.

Coaches Conference 6-7 March

Organisation for the Cricket Scotland Coaches’ Conference, in association with Cricket Factory, is moving apace now, with just over a month before everyone is invited to gather at the beautiful setting of Sportscotland’s Inverclyde National Sports Centre for the weekend of 6-7 March 2010.

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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.

New Community Coach for Dumfries and Galloway

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.

The new post created with funding from the Rural Dumfries & Galloway LEADER Programme will deliver coaching sessions to local schools, organise local competitions and assist Club coaches develop their sessions.

Chris a Level 2 Coach from Langholm is just completing his Cricket Development Apprenticeship (SVQ) with Cricket Scotland and takes up his post on May 5th. Of his appointment Chris says “I want to give everyone the chance to play cricket in Dumfries and Galloway and see strong links between schools and clubs as important. It is key that youngsters get the chance to play club cricket and I would especially like to see more girls playing cricket in the area “.

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Advert for D&G Community Cricket Coach

A Community Cricket Coach is being sought for the Dumfries and Galloway region. The post, which is with Cricket Scotland and in partnership with Dumfries and Galloway Council, has the objective of building on the cricket already played in the region. The focus is on developing junior cricket and involving more youngsters in the sport by linking more schools with clubs.

Last year in Scotland, 18000 children were introduced to the sport by primary school teachers, a 10% rise on the previous year. A number of these were in Dumfries and Galloway but the aim is to increase that involvement in sport. With new Regional Cricket Academies in place across Scotland the route is also there to achieve regional and national selection. Partly as a result of these initiatives Cricket Scotland recently was awarded the International Cricket Council (Europe) award for best overall cricket development programme.

This part-time position with Cricket Scotland is located at the Sports Development Team at DG One. It has been made possible through the efforts of the DG Cricket Development Group, local clubs, and with the support of local community funding.


Further details on the role and how to apply are available here
D&G Community Cricket Coach Advert (Adobe/PDF file)
You will need to have the Adobe Reader plug-in (formerly known as Acrobat Reader, from http://www.adobe.com) installed to view the file.

Or view the Cricket Scotland advert – Cricket Scotland Recruiting.

To request a job description and person specification contact

Steve Paige, Head of Community Development, Cricket Scotland, National Cricket Academy, MES Sports Centre, Ravelston, Edinburgh, EH4 3NT (stevepaige@cricketscotland.com)

or for an informal discussion contact him on 07825 172341.

DG Cricket website launched

The aim of the DG Cricket site is to ensure that anyone interested in playing cricket, junior or senior, in Dumfries and Galloway can find out where they can learn the game and where they can play cricket at the level they require.

March 09 meeting

The next meeting of the Dumfries & Galloway Cricket Development Group takes place at Dumfries Cricket Club, Nunholm on Thursday 19th March at 6.30pm , subject to confirmation.