NATIONAL ACADEMY MANAGER – CRICKET IRELAND
Cricket Ireland is the governing body for the game at both performance and participation levels throughout 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 five ICC World Cup events and significant wins against Full Member countries over the past 7 years.
This success has resulted in the rapid growth of the organisation and significant increase in turnover, particularly commercially, through the maintenance of partnerships with blue-chip multi-nationals, such as RSA Insurance. At the same time, our growth in playing strength has attracted the best teams in the world to play in Ireland, with teams such as England, Australia, West Indies, India, South Africa, Bangladesh and Pakistan visiting these shores since 2007.
If Ireland is to achieve its vision of becoming an ICC full member and Test-Playing nation, there needs to be a constant supply of world class players. Cricket Ireland is seeking a National Academy Manager to ensure Ireland keeps producing and developing such players who are ready to take to the world stage.
Ireland is the first ICC Associate nation to qualify for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015; however Cricket Ireland’s succession planning is about identifying and developing the players who will compete in the 2019 World Cup on onwards.
The National Cricket Academy will underpin the national senior Performance Programme, and the National Academy Manager will have overall responsibility of identifying, selecting and developing the next generation of young players who have the ability, attitude and athleticism to be successful at the highest levels. It is a high profile role within the Cricket Ireland High Performance Programme.
Based at our Dublin HQ, and reporting into the Performance Director, the successful candidate will have overall responsibility for the day-to-day running of the national academy programme; under-age youth teams up to and including under 19; youth coaching staff, and associated budgets. The Academy is about people and programmes and will be delivered on a regional basis at local facilities in each provincial union.
The position offers a genuine opportunity for the successful candidate to help implement, deliver and evolve the player development programmes required to be world class, and ensure Cricket Ireland reaches its goal of ICC Full Membership and Test cricket.
If this opportunity interests you, please email a CV and a covering letter detailing why you believe you have the skills and experience to undertake this role. Please email to email@example.com
Closing date for the applications is Monday 12th August 2013, 9am.
Should you be successful in making the short-list following the application process, please note that interviews will take place on Friday 16th August.
NATIONAL ACADEMY MANAGER
Reports to: Performance Director
Based: Headquarters of Cricket Ireland in North Dublin, but will work with a national brief working in a variety of venues throughout Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
1. Purpose of the Job:
The National Academy Manager will manage the recruitment processes of the most talented young players from schools and clubs to the National Cricket Academy, and enrol them on a bespoke personal development programme, which provides them with the opportunity of achieving their potential.
They will work in partnership with Sport Northern Ireland, the Irish Sports Council, and their respective Institutes of Sport, the ICC and other relevant organisations, to introduce and implement policies, programmes and practices that will improve the way in which young talented cricketers (both male and female) are identified, selected and developed.
They will manage and oversee Cricket Ireland’s player development programme for all under-age male and female youth teams (U/13 – U/19) through to Ireland ‘A’ and the professional contracted playing staff. They will be responsible for the development and implementation of a strategy for the recruitment and development of players within these areas.
In its simplest form the Cricket Ireland National Cricket Academy will be a well-structured vehicle for developing the most promising Irish Cricketers, arming them with the skill, techniques and disciplines which are key to progression in the modern game at the very highest level.
Academy students will have the best possible quality cricket coaching within a structured and high quality framework; the Academy will be seen as a finishing school for our Under 19 cricketers as they progress to senior Inter-Provincial and Ireland teams.
2. Main Areas of Responsibility:
2.1 Management and Administration:
- Responsible for the production of academy player contracts and their distribution.
- Manage, operate and administer the National Cricket Academy and associated programmes.
- Provide 6-monthly and an annual academy report to the Performance Director.
- Line-manage the (Academy) Performance Coach and all youth coaches/managers.
- Support the Performance Coach and Specialist Coaches in providing high quality coaching for the players on the Academy Programme.
- Manage and oversee the maintenance of coaching reports on players, profiling records, video libraries and the monitoring of player performance diaries.
- Manage and organise overseas placements and training camps to develop Academy players, and as and when required travel on such programmes.
- Recruit specialist cricket coaches and support staff and monitor their work.
- Responsible for the purchasing, storage and maintenance of dedicated equipment necessary to deliver the development and support programmes of the National Academy.
- Oversee indoor and outdoor facility provision in order to deliver the Academy programmes.
- Promote links with a nominated range of sporting educational institutions at secondary, further and higher education.
- Actively liaise with each player’s educational institution, and ensure those individual educational needs are accommodated and not compromised in any way.
- Advertise and promote the National Academy programme and participate in joint promotions with CI, ICC and the two Sport Councils as required.
- Ensure the players, parents/guardians and Academy coaching and support staff adhere to the CI code of conduct.
- Attend regular meetings on the National Academy Programme with the Performance Director and Performance Coach.
- Report to and attend National Selection Committee meetings (men’s and women’s) as and when required by the PD/Chair of Selectors.
- Ensure all instructions issued with regard to branding of facilities and equipment within the Academy are implemented.
- Manage the day-to-day finances of the national academy, including producing purchase orders, processing and approving invoices/expense claims.
- Overall responsibility for the setting and maintaining of the national academy budget.
- Manage budgets to cover the programme for the Under 13 – 19 squads for training and matches.
2.3 Ireland Youth Under-age Programme:
- Manage youth team coaches and assistant coaches/managers (Boys U/13 – U/19 & Girls U/17 – U/19).
2.4 Talent Scouting and Recruitment System:
- Identify, recruit, manage and support talent scouts as part of an all-Ireland network.
- Establish and manage a player talent database and benchmarking system.
- Observe and review as many players as possible throughout the season with the Performance Coach.
2.5 Talent Identification and Development:
- Identify and select up to 16 male and female players between the ages of 13 and 20 onto the annual National Academy Programme.
- Overall responsible for the development of, and adherence to, 12 month personal development programmes for all Academy players. In the case of players involved in Ireland age group squads, the Academy Manager will agree and implement the programme in conjunction with the respective National Senior or Youth under-age Coach.
- Responsible for overseeing the provision of a performance lifestyle programme in order to ensure a balance between the demands of cricket, education, personal and social lives of the Academy players.
- Responsible for the welfare of the Academy players.
- Responsible for coordinating the playing programmes of the Academy players, and the monitoring of their workloads with support staff.
- Deliver coaching programmes to the Academy players on a local basis.
- Liaise and communicate with school, club and Provincial Union coaches to ensure each player’s programmes are consistent, understood and complementary.
- Encourage a culture of fun, discipline, skill, participation and self-maintenance.
3. Working Relationships:
- Performance Director
- National Senior Men’s and Women’s Head Coaches
- Performance Coach
- International Teams Administration Manager
- Ireland Youth Team Lead Coaches and Managers
- Sport Science Support Staff
- Specialist coaches
- Coach Education Officer
- Schools, specialist sports colleges, colleges and universities, and player’s parents.
- Sport Northern Ireland & Sports Institute of Northern Ireland (SINI)
- Irish Sports Council & Irish Institute of Sport
- Cricket Committee, National Selection committees, Girls and Women’s Game Development Group
€35,000 – 40,000 plus car, laptop and iPhone for business use
5. Knowledge and Experience
The successful candidate should have the following skills, education and experience:
Educational and Professional Qualifications
- Hold a current ECB Level 3 Performance coach award or equivalent.
- A Degree (or equivalent qualification) ideally in a sports related subject.
- ECB Level 4 Coaching Certificate qualification or engaged on the programme within 12 months.
- ECB (or equivalent) Tutor/Assessor
- Significant experience (min 5 years) of teaching or coaching cricket to young people – male and female, ideally in a range of environments including school, club, regional, state/province/county age groups, national youth and/or senior level.
- Demonstrate successful implementation of a performance management youth or senior programme within First Class County/State/Provincial cricket.
- A successful record in high performance planning and monitoring, and contributing to and implementing strategic plans.
- Four years’ full-time experience (or part-time equivalent) in line-managing staff/coaches, and a record of successfully setting and managing budgets.
- Practical experience and demonstrable knowledge of the role that system development plays in Elite international performance.
- A strong network of cricket contacts in the UK and abroad.
- To have played or have an extensive knowledge of First Class or International cricket.
- Verifiable record of leading within a multi-disciplinary team in the delivery of services to high performance senior or junior squads, athletes and coaches, able bodied or those with a disability.
- Knowledge and understanding of talent identification and development.
- Willingness to undertake extensive travel around all-Ireland, and overseas, and to work unsocial hours including late nights and weekends.
- Understanding of current sports science and sports medicine practice and coaching.
- Certificates of attendance on first aid, relevant good practice and child protection/safeguarding courses.
- A full clean current driving licence.
- An up to date Garda/Police or CRB check
- Appreciation of the application of research into other High Performance Sports Systems.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and oral.
- IT skills including the use of performance analysis systems, excel and databases.
- Excellent organisational, planning and time management skills.
- Demonstrable leadership and decision-making skills.
- Ability to demonstrate integrity and appropriate working relationships with high performance athletes, parents, coaches, support staff and administrators.
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