The Devon Cricket Board – Coaches Association 2005


Devon was successful in their application to become a UKCC Approved Centre and ran the new Certificate 1 and 2 courses in the autumn. This was in addition to Development Workshops and the last ECB Level II Course and this despite the major problems created by the failure to complete the refurbishment of West Exe College. Warren Carr will be one of the last coaches to attend an ECB Level III course as this along with the old ECB courses end in April 2006. The County are fortunate to have to have an outstanding team of tutors but have this year lost two key educators in Jonathan Mears and Stuart Priscott. Mears has played a pivotal role for a number of years and our former CDO has been very active during his time in the County. In Stuart the county lost not just a tutor but a field based trainer and internal verifier. We wish them both well and thank them for their outstanding service. It is intended to run further UKCC courses before the summer and East Devon’s Community Coach, David Court, has offered to run LTAD courses in the four districts. In addition he is publishing a book to accompany these courses and assist clubs and schools.


Our AGM in June was combined with the Lords Taverners Images of India Workshop. The workshop by led Jack Birkenshaw and Jane Powell and proved an interesting insight into a country that has many advantages and some disadvantages over the UK. Seven members attended the ECBCA Standing up for Spin Coaching Conference in January at Warwick University which a most informative weekend with Nassar Hussain’s session on Sunday the highlight. Jonathan Mear’s ECB Osca was a well deserved honour for his commitment to coaching and coach education. He also received an award at the Devon Coach of the Year ceremony. Young coach James Carr also picked up an award at the same occasion as was nominated for the ECB Young Volunteer of the Year Osca.


We express our appreciation to Stuart for what he has achieved for Devon Cricket and wish him every success in the future.