He’s an icon of the game but now Gary Kirsten has a fresh project – he is driving a new, fully online coaching education and accreditation platform.
The programme is called CoachED and is designed to allow coaches to pursue areas of cricket relevant to their own specific requirements.
“The game of cricket has changed and this has impacted how we coach,” says the legendary former South African batsman and coach of both the SA and Indian national sides.
“We wanted to develop a coach education programme that not only addressed these changes in real-time, but empowered coaches of all levels with the necessary skills and knowledge to advance themselves and the game,” Kirsten says.
CoachED is set to go live on Thursday April 2.
People wanting to improve their cricket coach education, or coaches looking for a credible cricket coaching accreditation, can do so from home through the programme.
The project was inspired by Kirsten’s passion for accessible, good-quality, structured resources that would help to improve the standard of cricket coaching internationally.
“We’ve engaged with many coaches around the world and found there is commonality in barriers to upgrading cricket coaching skills,” he says.
“We wanted to design a holistic, scalable platform that addresses this, providing opportunities to upskill in any cricketing areas and levels.”
Kirsten brought together some of the best coaches in the game, and drew on his own extensive coaching experience, to develop CoachED.
“It is about letting coaches who want to be better, be better,” he says.
The programme comprises interactive, user-friendly content in written, audio and visual form, all digitised, and Kirsten believes it’ll become a game changer in the field of cricket and cricket coach education.
The modules are in a short-course format and coaches can benefit from cricket coaching skills, drills and tools tailored to individual requirements.
Coaches who successfully complete the CoachED test requirements get a certificate and will feature on the CoachED database, accrediting them as qualified coaches. The qualification will complement existing coach certifications, knowledge and experience in the game.
For more information visit www.coachedcricket.com.