Cricket Ireland is the governing body for the game at both performance and participation levels throughout All-Ireland, representing the interests of both the men’s and women’s game. The future of Irish Cricket is incredibly bright following the performance of the men’s senior team in the past three ICC World Cup and four ICC World Twenty20 events, defeating full members on five occasions, and winning the Associate member qualifiers in all three formats in 2013.
This success has resulted in the rapid growth of the organisation and significant increase in turnover through partnerships with blue-chip multi-national companies, with Sports Councils on both sides of the Irish border and with the ICC. At the same time, our growth in playing strength has attracted some of the top teams in the world to play Ireland, with teams such as England, Australia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh all playing on these shores in the last few years.
If Ireland is to achieve its vision of becoming a Test-Playing nation and top four sport in Ireland, there needs to be a constant supply of community and world class coaches in order to develop our players at all levels. Cricket Ireland is seeking a Coach Development Manager to ensure Ireland keeps producing and developing coaches at all levels to realise this ambition.
The Coach Development Programme will underpin the development and education of coaches at performance level, academy, inter-provincial, national youth, club, school and grassroots. The Coach Development Manager will have overall responsibility of identifying, selecting and developing the next generation of coaches who have the ability, attitude and motivation to ensure every young person has the best support in playing to their highest potential.
With an all-Ireland brief, the successful candidate will report into the National Academy Manager who is based at Cricket Ireland Headquarters (CIHQ) in Dublin (with a dotted line to the Performance Director) and have overall responsibility for the day-to-day running of the national coach development and education programme, delivered on a regional basis at local facilities in each provincial union. The successful candidate will be required to travel all-Ireland on a regular basis.
The position offers a genuine opportunity for the successful candidate to help implement, deliver and evolve the coach development programmes required to be world class, and ensure Cricket Ireland reaches its goal of Test cricket and a top four sport in Ireland. The successful candidate will be required to work evenings and weekends, hold a full clean driving license, and be willing to complete an Access NI or Garda check.
This position will deliver on key objectives contained within the Cricket Ireland Strategic Plan, High Performance Plan, Coach Development Strategy and Pathway.
Working with the National Academy Manager, Performance Director, other Cricket Ireland personnel and other key stakeholders, the post-holder will identify and address development areas in coaching in Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland with a particular focus on recruitment, qualification, coach development and coach deployment.
- Research, develop and communicate a system and vision for coach development and education in line with the needs of a rapidly growing sport. Support provincial unions, clubs, schools and universities, in line with the Cricket Ireland Strategy, and in conjunction with Sport Ireland, Sport Northern Ireland, Coaching Ireland and Sports Coach UK
- Deliver a work programme in line with this vision and philosophy, and produce and advertise an annual coach development programme calendar which fits in with the coach development strategy agreed with the National Academy Manager and Performance Director.
- Organise courses, venues, e-learning, equipment, resources, tutors, assessors and field based trainer, and ensure candidates are communicated to in advance of courses and pre-course material sent out where appropriate.
- Work with the National Academy Manager and Performance Director, to facilitate and monitor the development and delivery of the Cricket Ireland Coach Development and Education Strategy.
- Work programmes, key objectives, and associated budgets, shall be approved in advance by the National Academy Manager and Performance Director.
- Community Coach Development:
- Support the development of tutors, assessors, verifiers and resources within governing body structures at an all-Ireland level. Create, manage and facilitate continued professional development opportunities for this workforce.
- Identify sources of funding to develop coaching in Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland by establishing partnerships with government departments and the education sector.
- Develop mechanisms to promote the value of quality coaching to the public within Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland and other key partners. Communicate by use of social media and the internet to promote these values and increase awareness of Coach Development and Education throughout Ireland.
- Work with Unions and their Clubs to establish an effective CI Coaches Association (CICA)
- Produce CICA membership support and an annual resource pack including producing a quarterly newsletter.
- Design, implement and manage the annual CICA Conference.
- Tutor or co-tutor on Introductory, Child Certificate and Adult and Young Person courses, and coach development workshops, as and when appropriate in order to keep your ECB Tutor licence valid, and use this to ensure high quality standards are being delivered in each provincial union
- Support coaches all-Ireland and in particular help retain, develop, reward and recognise coaches.
- Elite Coach Development:
- Facilitate National Coaching Group, National Tutor and Field Based trainer meetings
- Help establish the philosophy, criteria and skills Cricket Ireland requires in its coaching roles and facilitate succession planning for these positions alongside the NAM and PD, and using the network of FBT/IVs, Lead Tutors, National Development Manager and Lead Coaches to inform the process.
- Develop the quantity and standard of elite and performance coach workforce in conjunction with the PD. Identify and coordinate a throughput of coaches to Level 3 and Level 4, and develop a programme of continued professional development for CI national/performance coaches.
- Assist with CI under-age teams as and when required by the National Academy Manager in order to stay in touch with coaching and developing players (maximum of 12 days annually).
- Administration and Reporting:
- Create and manage budgets allocated for the development and implementation of Cricket Ireland coach education and development programmes.
- Ensure effective monitoring, reporting and evaluation of all coach education and development projects and programmes.
- Manage, design work programmes and oversee regional coach development coordinator internships and external consultants.
- Process applications, issue endorsements to overseas players and clubs, and implement and enforce criteria set. Review with the academy manager the criteria annually to ensure relevance and accuracy, and act as key contact for UK Border Agency.
- Act as the CI signatory for Garda Vetting, and promote Garda Vetting and the values attached to it. Process all applications; liaise with Garda Vetting Central Unit; inform applicants of results of disclosure; be key point of contact should any issues be raised; enter relevant data into the EMMS database; and maintain such data.
- Report as and when required to the CI Cricket Committee. Any programme of work suggested by the Cricket Committee shall be subject to the approval of your line-manager, or where appropriate the Performance Director.
- Input and monitor all databases related to Coach Education; Garda Vetting, Access NI, Overseas.
- External Stakeholders:
- Represent Cricket Ireland’s standpoint, perspective and views on the UK Coaching and Coach Development Operational Group.
- Represent Cricket Ireland on the Sport Ireland and Sport Northern Ireland Coach Development Networks.
- Manage CI Tutors, Assessors, Field Based Trainers and Internal Verifiers, and work with an External Verifier to ensure quality control.
- Communicate and liaise with ECB, ICC Europe, Sport Ireland, Sport Northern Ireland and Sports Coach UK with regard to coach development opportunities and programmes.
- 3 years full-time employment experience, which can be proven relevant to the post
- Hold a minimum Level 2 (or equivalent) coaching qualification
- Experience in the setting up and delivery of education and development programmes (sport or business)
- Demonstrable evidence of managing and reporting on operational budgets
- Proven knowledge of cricket coach education and coach development systems
- Proven knowledge of good practice in coaching
- Excellent inter-personal and communication/presentation skills
- Experience in the use of IT (Microsoft Office, Powerpoint, Excel etc.)
- A Degree (or equivalent) in sport, sports science or coaching
- ECB Level 3 Cricket Coach (or equivalent)
- ECB trained and qualified Tutor and/or Assessor
- Experience of successful project management
- Experience in managing staff and programmes preferably in a sporting context
The selection panel reserves the right to consider Desirable Criteria during the short-listing process should candidates remain on an equal footing using simply Essential Criteria
INTERNAL WORKING RELATIONSHIPS
- Provincial Unions and Clubs
- Inter-Provincial, Ireland youth and senior coaches
- CI Cricket Committee and Youth Committee
- Tutor and assessor workforce
- National Academy Manager
- Performance Director
- National Development Manager
- Cricket Operations Manager
- International Teams Administration Manager
- Regional Coach Development Coordinators
- The salary will be competitive with industry levels for a similar management positon based in Ireland, and commensurate with qualifications and experience. The package will include a car, laptop and mobile phone.
- The closing date for applications will be Thursday 11th June, 9am local time.
- Letters of application and full CVs should be sent by email to email@example.com.
- Interviews will be held on Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th June.
*All posts are appointed subject to references and appropriate police checks