THE working relationship between Fingal County Council and Leinster Cricket Union is expanding all the time and the county's cricket development officer Reinhardt Strydom together with Simi Singh recently presented an ICC - Introduction to coaching'course.
Held at Corduff Sport Centre last Sunday week, the course was attended by 13 participants representing seven different clubs from around Leinster, and among them were Hills CC duo Pacelli and Dympna Donegan, together with Balbriggan's Binu Thomas and Sooraj Valson. The course ran for four hours explaining the basic laws of cricket and how the game works and showing different small-sided games that can be played in the schoolyard. Batting was demonstrated with the 'grip and stance' shown, along with the execution of the forward drive. The bowling element concentrated initially on the the basic action before progressing to run-ups and follow-throughs. To finish, the teachers were shown hand/eye co-ordination skills and games and also four different cricket games to play with their students. Participants arriving with little or no knowledge of cricket learned a lot over the four hours. They left understanding the game better, had fun, learned to bat and bowl and were all looking forward to trying out these games with their relevant classes. This will hugely help the growth of cricket in Fingal and special thanks have to go to all the schools and teachers who attended. Niall Mc Guirk, Fingal County Council Senior Sports Development Officer, said: ' The council are committed to developing sport in Fingal and cricket is a major part of that plan. 'This programme gives teachers the basic skills of the game and enables them to pass on what they have learned to their students through fun and active games.'