Professional cricket in Afghanistan is developing fast, with the Afghan National Cricket team recently qualifying to play in the World Cup for the first time. The team and their coaches provide much-needed role models for Afghan children.
Strategy for Cricket Coaching
The M.C.C. Foundation has already funded two level 1 coaching camps to train 44 cricket coaches, 20 of these coaches are teachers at schools where Afghan Connection has built cricket pitches with the M.C.C. The young men and women who pass their level 1 are the first qualified coaches in Afghanistan.
In 2013 The M.C.C. Foundation also funded a 2 day cricket camp for 50 teachers from the schools where pitches had been built.
Feedback suggests we should split coaching, offering the Level 1 to participants identified by the Afghan Cricket Board and targeted coaching specific for teachers at schools where we have pitches. Afghan Connection would like to run the teachers’ camps and suggests the ACB run the Level 1 coaching. Coaching could be offered in different areas of Afghanistan for teachers at local schools which have our pitches, bringing them together, encouraging competitions between schools and ensuring the coaching standards are raised, giving sustainability to this project.
Read more about our Cricket Strategy
Diary of a Cricket Coach
Read the fascinating diary Five days of coaching in Kabul of a UK cricket academy director who travelled to Afghanistan for a coaching camp and returned inspired!