Vanuatu Cricket Association through development officers Wolford Kalworai and Simpson Obed, conducted a two-day Level 0 coaching course at the Paunangisu Presbyterian Church on the 28th and 29th of March 2017.
A total of 10 representatives from various school including West Efate offshore islands attended the workshop.
The workshop consisted of both indoor learning and outdoor (practical) learning. “On the first day of the Level 0 coaching course participants were introduced to plastic gears (bat, ball, stumps, batting tee and cones) as most of them are new to cricket so we went through the basics of handling a cricket bat, stance and body position,” says development officer, Wolford Kalworai. Basics of bowling, different ways of fielding, catching and some warm up games were also introduced on that day.
Kalworai continued to say, “On the second day we went through everything we learnt on the first day (refresher) for twenty (20) minutes then we moved on to Basic Umpiring Signals and Basic Super 8 scoring.
All participants understood the basics of umpiring as they use umpiring signals and scoring course took up the whole morning which resulted in participants understanding the scoring basics together with the umpiring signals.”
The afternoon was spent playing 4 over cricket games which allows participant to put their basic scoring and umpiring knowledge into practice. He then concludes to say, “This program was a success and we are confident that by running these programs we are able to promote and develop cricket in our communities.”
This program was facilitated by Vanuatu Cricket with the support from the Australian Government through the Pacific Sports Partnership program.