16 February 2010

Cricket Ireland have unveiled Stephen Moreton as their new Coach Education Officer. Cricket Operations Director Mark Garaway explained the new role and the reasons behind the appointment.

"The coaching system within Ireland has been reviewed and worked on in conjunction with Sport NI, The Irish Sports Council, Coaching Ireland, and UKCC. Now we're at the stage where we can really push our coach education system, and we've brought Stephen in to be solely in charge of that system."
"The benefits will be that we can be strategic with the courses we run, and that we can start targetting clubs and put coaching teams into clubs to support the large amount of youngsters and indeed adults who are coming through the game in Ireland."
"Part of Stephen's brief is also to identify elite coaches, so that we have a significant group of them. Our fixture list at international level for all groups is expanding and it's important that we have enough coaches to support that."
Speaking after his appointment Stephen Moreton said: "The role of Ireland’s Coach Education Officer is a very exciting position for me - through my upbringing and family background I am very passionate about Ireland, and Irish sport.
"Cricket has had a superb few years in the country, and for Ireland to continue to develop and establish itself amongst the Full Member Nations, having a top-class Coach Education system is essential. The benefits of a successful system are long-reaching, as it would enable rapid development and an excellent support structure for our present and prospective coaching workforce. It will support all coaches from beginners entering at club level to our elite level coaches working with our national sides.
"The Coach Education system will have a knock-on effect on the support we can offer our talented players. The game in Ireland is experiencing exceptional growth, and the development of my role and the Coach Education system is aligned with that – and I hope I can contribute significantly to the quantity and quality of Irish players and coaches."

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