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Greater focus on coaching across Australia

November 29, 2017

Former Australian Women's Cricket Team coach Cathryn Fitzpatrick is one of the new Coaching and Talent Specialists // Getty


Changes within Australian Cricket to the coaching and talent identification process is already paying dividends, with the benefits expected to continue throughout the 2017-18 season and beyond.

Already there has been a massive spike in coaching numbers around Australia.

A new initiative to make Community Coaching Courses free across the country has already seen more than 3,100 Australian coaches benefit. The course usually costs $120 per coach to attend, with the ability to attend for free pulling in 1300 more participants than this time last year.

Complementing the new coaches coming in at grassroots level is a bigger focus on connecting the grassroots to the elite level, with 27 Coaching and Talent Specialists hitting the ground across Australia in newly-created ‘Coaching & Talent Regions’.

Eight zones have been created across New South Wales and the ACT, six in Victoria and Queensland, three in Western Australia, two in South Australia and one each covering Tasmania and the Northern Territory.

Among the newly-appointed specialists are former Australian Women’s Cricket Team coach and fast bowler Cathryn Fitzpatrick, former Gold Coast Suns AFL coach Guy McKenna, plus Brisbane Heat and Australian Men’s Indigenous Team fast bowler Josh Lalor.

The mission is to help discover and develop Australia’s next crop of male and female stars.

That is set to include promoting the Australian Cricket Pathway for teenage cricketers, continuing to develop Regional Academy programs and overseeing development opportunities for players.

But it will also extending beyond the on-field, with additional development opportunities for coaches at a local level, and also the important task of better connecting the cricketing community, from clubs, associations and schools to participants.

The changes are connected to the new Australian Cricket Strategy, with a focus on creating great participation experiences at junior level and delivering the best High Performance system for players - by transforming the way Australian Cricket leads, serves and unites the cricketing community.

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