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Bunbury coaches get a lesson in elite training

April 30, 2015

Troy Cooley, Graeme Hick and Greg Chappell explain the finer points of coaching

By Aaron Pereira

Three Cricket Australia High Performance coaches have mentored local leaders in country WA

Coaches in remote Western Australia recently had the opportunity to be mentored by Australia’s High Performance coaching staff.

Graeme Hick, Troy Cooley and Greg Chappell were on hand to advise the aspiring high-level coaches on tactics and man management techniques.

As part of the development series against the England under-19 squad, coaches were given unprecedented access to the Cricket Australia (CA) representatives.

With more than 65,000 runs and 500 wickets in First Class cricket between them, the three coaches have seen their fair share of Australia’s favourite game.

Former Australia captain Greg Chappell said it was a great opportunity to interact with coaches who may not have had the opportunity otherwise.

“We were in the area so it was an ideal opportunity to interact with local coaches … to understand some of the requirements of elite players,” Chappell said.

“CA needs its coaches at all levels to understand that they need to encourage young players to think like and picture themselves as elite players or they will never reach the higher levels.

“Cricket is a very disciplined and strategic game that requires good planning, good decisions and, above all, patience. If this is not inculcated in young players early, they will never get [to elite levels].”

The session involved the CA coaches taking the under-19s through training drills and then de-briefing with the local coaches.

Western Australia Cricket Association Regional Cricket Officer Orazio Santalucia was the mastermind behind the joint venture between the local and national coaches.

“When the chance arose to have the coaches of that calibre come down and speak, I thought you’d be crazy not to ask,” Santalucia said.

“The feedback has been great, it provided a good direction on coaching and reiterated and stressed that cricket is a fun game to be enjoyed.

“The coaches went above and beyond.”

With more than 42,000 registered coaches in Australia and constant development in coaching courses, the future of the game looks bright for the next crop of leaders.