The Angus Cricket Development Group and Cricket Scotland are working together to employ a new community coach, who will deliver cricket activities in selected Angus schools.
The new coach will help to increase the number of children and young people who have the chance to play cricket.
He will also work with local cricket clubs to ensure that there are opportunities for youngsters to develop their interest and skills in a club environment.
The appointment of the community coach has been made possible by a creative partnership between international, national and local organisations which share an interest in developing the sport of cricket.
Cricket Scotland has been successful in securing funding from the International Cricket Council to appoint a team of community coaches across the country.
The Angus Cricket Development Group has grasped the opportunity and contributed some of its resources to make the local appointment possible.
“This is a very important opportunity for cricket in Angus,” explained a spokesperson for Angus Cricket Development Group.
“It is the first time that we have been able to secure our own coach. It will help us to strengthen cricket in the area by giving more youngsters the opportunity to take part and find out for themselves what a great came cricket is.
“The funding from Cricket Scotland is a great help and will support the appointment of a coach for 2012.
“We are already looking beyond this and exploring ways in which we can make this a permanent position.”
Steve Paige, head of community development for Cricket Scotland spoke about the national development, saying: “ICC Europe are recognising the potential for cricket in Scotland to grow and I thank them for their support for one of the most exciting projects I’ve been involved in.
“By putting more cricket coaches into the community we hope to see an increase in the number of young people enjoying cricket, playing in school festivals as part of the Asda National Primary Schools Competition and ultimately joining local clubs.”
The Angus Community Coach will work with all members of the Cricket Development Group to provide in school and after school opportunities to participate in cricket. The coach’s work will focus in on parts of Angus where this type of opportunity would not otherwise be available.
The coach will also support cricket festivals in June, which bring children and young people together to share their enjoyment of the game and represent their schools in a bit of healthy competition.
As well as supporting the development of cricket in Angus, the community coach appointment will provide an important job opportunity for a local coach with the talents to excite children and young people’s interest in playing cricket.
Arrangements for recruiting the community coach are well under way.
The advert for the post went live on the Cricket Scotland website in late December and details are now available via local club sites in the Angus and Dundee areas.
Local clubs are also working hard to ensure that ll of their amateur coaches are aware of the job and have the opportunity to apply.
According to the Angus Cricket Development Group spokesperson, they are keen to get the best person for the job.
“Obviously we want to recruit a coach with the right coaching skills and experiences”, he said.
“But we also want someone with a passion for developing cricket in our Angus communities.
“The game has given a great deal to generations of cricketers in the county and this might be an opportunity to give something back.
“We would like to recruit someone with a strong commitment to the area.”
Applications for the post close in mid-January and if all goes according to plan, the first coaching activities will take place in late February.
This is an exciting new opportunity to develop a sport that has made an important contribution to community life in Angus for many years.