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Representatives from Middlesex Cricket and the Middlesex Coaches Association (MCoA) have met to discuss plans to enhance and further the development and education opportunities that currently exist for all cricket coaches in Middlesex who are members of the ECB Coaches Association.

It was agreed, to provide a greater focus in this key area of the game, that the current functions and funds of the MCoA would be transferred to Middlesex in the Community (MITC) who will utilise the full-time resource that exists in the Club’s new charitable foundation, to take on responsibility for delivering all coach education and coach development programmes moving forwards.

All cricket coaches within Middlesex will continue to be registered to the ECB Coaches Association, however, whereas Middlesex Cricket has previously delivered coach education and coach development programmes through the MCoA and a network of volunteers, it will now deliver the programmes through a dedicated resource within MITC – allowing the Club to provide an increased focus on growing the standard and volume of its coaching network within the county.

At this time Middlesex Cricket would like to thank the Middlesex Coaches Association Volunteer Leadership Group for all their hard work and dedication in running the Middlesex Coaching Awards scheme, awarding coaching bursaries, creating a sense of community amongst coaches in Middlesex, and running various and well-attended CPD events over the years.

Middlesex’s Participation Director, Kari Carswell, commented:

“Rod Croucher and his team of volunteers have done a fantastic job in promoting and supporting the members of the Coaches Association through various initiatives.

“We are however in a position at Middlesex in the Community where we have additional staffing resource to enhance and develop the work that the Coaches Association has developed over a number of years.

“I am extremely grateful that we are in position to drive forward coach development and education in the county and am excited about the increased opportunities that this will present for coaches in the game.”

Rod Croucher, Chair of the MCoA said:

“It has been a delight to work with so many enthusiastic, dedicated, and friendly volunteer coaches since we started the MCoA in 2011. Those coaches attending our CPD events have shown their determination to develop their technical knowledge of the game, to improve their coaching skills, and to advance on their coaching pathways.

“It has been a privilege to organise the annual Middlesex Coaching Awards and to recognise and reward the achievements of the coaches in the county. The most satisfying aspect of the MCoA is the sense of community, friendship, and fun that we have built through coaching, and which I hope will continue to develop in the years ahead.

“Thank you MCoA members for all your support over the years”.

For information on the opportunities available to cricket coaches in Middlesex, please contact Sharon Eyers at [email protected]

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