Cricket Kenya Development Plan


Mission

To develop, by increasing participation at junior levels to as many regions of the Republic as is practically possible in order to improve the standards of the game in the country.

 

Objectives

  • Introduction to basics of cricket to school children
  • Participation in coaching of current and future players
  • Training of cricket teachers, coaches, players and volunteers
  • Organizing competitions by way of leagues
  • Develop the game of cricket in an ever changing modern society
  • Enhance specialized coaching delivery to ensure maximum opportunities for better players
  • Support clubs and schools to provide local communities with appropriate facilities.
  • To liaise with authorities to include cricket on the school curriculum.

Cricket Coaching

The coaching program is centered upon a coach accreditation system with many potential coaches gaining qualification on the successful completion of the accreditation process.

Seminars have been organized for coaches/teachers in different parts of the country. At the time the seminars have been quite successful in that a number of school teachers hold Introductory and in some cases a few others hold Level 1 Coaching Certificates.

At the moment there are several qualified level 1 coaches who can be deployed to work in schools either on part time or full time basis to develop the game.

Introductory level coaching courses:

These have been designed to improve coaching levels especially in schools and rural areas. These have been run mainly by present CK coaches in identified areas for some time now.

Level 1 coaching courses:

These have been used as a step up to improve on the quality of coaching for the present coaches and teachers.  This level can also act as an entry level into coaching for interested National team players.

Level 2 coaching courses:

To advance the status of coaching amongst top coaches, the level 2 courses have been targeted for individuals who have shown good interest and desire in furthering their skills towards cricket coaching.

Schools Program

This has been the main stay of the development program and with the expected growth in numbers, the schools under the program have been categorized into:

1) Primary schools,
2) Boys secondary and
3) Girls secondary

for more meaningful management.

Each category does have its own competitions to  allow for specific attention to the needs of each group. The coaches pay special consideration to problem areas that are then worked upon in post competition era to improve the overall skills of the pupils.

The setback in schools coaching has been the non-recognition of cricket as a game by the relevant educational authorities. Meaning that very minimal support is received from the schools themselves.

Colleges and Universities

The plan is to provide cricket opportunities to post secondary schools education i.e. into colleges and universities to also enable practical involvement of students whom some take up education and later become teachers which in turn would help the growth of the game in areas that the teachers would be deployed.

Quite a few universities have shown interest in forming their own teams  but have been hindered by the lack of playing equipment and the limited coaching personnel.

Some of these institutions  that have exhibited interest in having cricket at their campuses are; Egerton, Kenyatta, Nairobi, Multi media, USIU, JKUAT and Africa Nazarene.

Holiday Coaching Clinics

The strategy has been to continuously involve the participants in the game even during school holidays. i.e. April, August and December. These programs have been run for average two weeks every term in various centers.

Women’s cricket has also benefited remarkably from these programs that have culminated into the formation of the Ladies leagues in Nairobi and Nakuru.

The development program runs this scheme under the current coaches , plans are to extend these clinics to cover more areas within the program with the involvement of volunteers and teachers.

Elite / Academy Program

The approach here is to develop continuous elite squads from U13 to U19 age groups and provide intensive training schedules for them under specific qualified coaches.

Cricket Kenya has continued to sustain the coaching program with squads for U13, U15, U17 and U19 trained at various levels for specific events.

Camps have been set up to improve skills of the players once their potential have been identified. However, this is an area where further investment is still required in the provision of more opportunities for the players. A full-time academy would be a better solution to train players over the occasional call-ups for training camps.

Facilities Development

This has been a major challenge for the program. In 2009 the ICC-Africa helped Kenya with the donation of astro-turf wickets to develop some of the facilities by providing artificial surfaces for use in various schools and clubs.

There are now currently 8 astro-turf pitches. 4 in Nairobi at Baba Dogo, Lenana, Martin Luther and Highway school, 2 others in Nakuru at Menengai and Nakuru Day school while the last 2 are at 2 clubs in Mombasa being Burhani and Jafferys Sports Club.

The facilities especially in schools lack playing equipment. A lot more needs to be done in this area to realize the full potential of these centres.

Club Development

Quite a few talented players have come through the schools program and with more interested participants joining the game, the support from cricket clubs ought to be sought to integrate this talent. Clubs need to adopt some of these children to help continue the work already being done in the schools.

The clubs within each individual provincial association need to work more closely with the development program in their regions, as clubs input to this program has been minimal.

A stronger club system will make the league more competitive and in turn this will translate into stronger National age-group teams.

The club system is currently the summit to cricket development and the need for cricket coaches need to be emphasized at the club

Umpires & Scorers Development

Cricket Kenya development program has not overlooked the scoring and umpiring aspects of the game. Several seminars have been held under  the ICC development program for school teachers, youths, students and cricketers in both scoring and umpiring.

 It is worthwhile to note that a number of these participants have been scoring and umpiring in provincial leagues both at club and school level.

Courses will continue to be conducted as refreshers for those who have already been accredited by  the program and to introduce many more to this section of the game.

Current Coaches

1. Lameck Onyango– Women’s Coach
—2. Peter Ongondo – Elite Coach (Rift Valley)
—3. Duncan Okinyo – Special Projects Officer
—4. Joseph Angara – Elite Coach (Nairobi)
5, Jimmy Kamande - Elite Coach (Coast)
6. David Asiji – Development Officer (Rift Valley)
—7. Joseph Owino – Development Officer (Coast)
—8. Joseph Somba – Development Coach (Rift Valley)