Candidate Brief



Having advertised this role in October, Cricket Ireland did not find a suitable candidate, and hence the position is now re-advertised.


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 six ICC World Cup events and significant improvement of the women’s senior team, having qualified for the 2014 World Twenty20 for the first time.


This success has resulted in the rapid growth of the organisation and significant increase in turnover, particularly commercially, through partnerships with blue-chip multi-nationals and support from the two Sports Councils and ICC.  At the same time, our growth in playing strength has attracted some of the top teams in the world to play Ireland Women, with teams such as Pakistan, England and South Africa playing on these shores or in the UK in the last two years.


The Ireland Women’s team has enjoyed recent success qualifying for the 2014 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 in Bangladesh (the only Associate country), and winning the ICC European T20 Championship. Ireland currently holds ODI and T20I status and is committed to a minimum ICC requirement of playing three matches in each format annually.   In 2015 Ireland will compete in the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 Qualifier, in the ECB Women’s County Championship Division 2 and ECB Women’s Twenty20 Cup Division 1.


Cricket Ireland is seeking a full-time National Women’s Head Coach and Performance Pathway Manager, initially on a two-year fixed term contract.  The role will lead and coach the senior women’s squad, emerging player’s programme and youth squads, creating a clear link within the player pathway and ensuring Ireland keeps producing and developing players who are ready to take to the world stage.  The rationale for the role evolving is to reflect the scope and expansion of the Ireland women’s programme and the skill sets now required to lead that programme.


Headquartered in our Dublin HQ, but with a national brief, the successful candidate will report into the Performance Director but work closely with the National Academy Manager, and have overall responsibility for the day-to-day running of the national women’s performance and emerging player’s programme.  They will also manage and oversee development of the player pathway, including talent identification in girl’s cricket and ensure a sound knowledge and close link between participation development and representative cricket.  The position offers a genuine opportunity for the successful candidate to help improve, deliver and evolve the player development programmes required to be world class.


The start date will ideally be mid-late November.

If this opportunity interests you, please email a CV and covering letter detailing why you believe you have the skills and experience to undertake this role.  Please email to  

Closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 9th January 2015.


Should you be successful in making the short-list following the application process, please note that interviews will take place on 15th & 16th January 2015.


  1. Purpose of the Job:

The National Women’s Head Coach and Performance Pathway Manager will lead and coach the senior women’s, emerging players’ and youth programme.  The position will manage the senior squad assistant coach and team manager, and assistant coaches and managers of the Ireland girls under 19 and 17 squads.  In conjunction with the National Academy Manager, you will coach individual academy players and together with the academy coaches will help recruit and develop the most talented young female players from schools and clubs.  From time to time, you will also manage consultant specialist coaches and support staff helping support and develop the women’s programme.

You will work in conjunction with Cricket Ireland’s key partners and stakeholders, in particular those who help fund the women’s programme, such as Sport Northern Ireland; the Irish Sports Council; their respective Institutes of Sport; the ICC; and other relevant organisations.

The role will introduce, implement and update policies, programmes and practices that will improve the way in which talented female cricketers are identified, selected and developed.

  1. Main Areas of Responsibility:

2.1 Management and Administration:

  • Help produce (in conjunction with the Performance Director) and deliver the Ireland women’s high performance programme.
  • Ensure a clear player pathway exists and is reviewed annually (see below structure Figure 1).
  • Hold 6-monthly and post tournament player review meetings (these can help enormously with the squad’s improvement)
  • Provide annual and 6-monthly reports on the senior women’s programmes.
  • Organise and manage the ‘Super 3s’ senior squads and competitions at senior level, and national under 19 and 17 fixtures/competition in both Twenty20 and one-day formats.
  • Line-manage the coaches and team managers of all female senior and youth teams, and other specialist or consultant coaches as requested by the Performance Director.
  • Manage and oversee the maintenance of coaching reports on players, profiling records, video libraries and the monitoring of player performance diaries.
  • Responsible for the storage and maintenance of dedicated equipment necessary to deliver the women’s programmes.
  • Oversee indoor and outdoor facility provision in order to deliver all training programmes.
  • Reinforce to the players, parents/guardians, coaching and support staff the CI code of conduct.
  • Attend quarterly Senior Women’s Team Management meetings.
  • Other cricket activity deemed appropriate or reasonably within the remit of the role, and any other duty within the purview of the role as decided by the CI Performance Director.

2.2 Competition

  • Attend all matches/tournaments of the senior national team, and where possible under 19’s, under 17’s and Super 3’s (senior and youth).
  • As and when available observe national youth and senior players in domestic competition.
  • Actively liaise with player’s educational institutions and work places with regard to availability for competitions.
  • Prepare well for all matches/competition.
  • Responsible for squad physical preparation (with physiotherapist/assistant coach) and post-match routines at matches.
  • Report on player performances in matches and tournaments on time.

2.3 Leadership

  • Establish and maintain team vision and team values, standards and protocols that fit within the goals of Cricket Ireland and are shared among the squad and management team.
  • Provide leadership of the team and team management through on-going communication and dealing with challenges and conflicts.
  • Demonstrate personal credibility, honesty and integrity and ability to handle stress.

2.4 Team Development

  • Prepare the senior, under 19 and 17 squads to participate in all competitions – domestic, ECB, national and international.
  • Develop an outstanding Ireland Women’s cricket team supported by talent development programmes and structures (e.g. national cricket academy, U/19 and U/17 squads at present).
  • Encourage a culture of fun, discipline, skill, participation and self-maintenance.
  • Create a team culture that promotes unity and commitment to high performance on and off the field.
  • Provide programmes of training that maximise the teams’ chances of success in competition

2.5 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.

2.6 Player Development

  • Utilise CI staff and consultants (in consultation with the Performance Director) to help develop an appropriate player development programme.
  • Manage, administer and help deliver coaching programmes for the women’s performance squad, emerging players, female academy players, under 19 and 17 squads (where applicable).
  • Work with consultant coaches to provide video footage and analysis and present to players.
  • Plan and deliver 1:1 and small group coaching sessions to players when available.
  • Work with the National Development team ensuring the participation end of the pathway is closely linked.

2.7 Selection

  • Attend and report to National Women’s Selection Committee meetings.
  • Contribute to the selection of the senior squad and youth teams.
  • Communicate criteria, values and policy to players and management team.
  • Manage information around selection in a confidential/discrete way.
  • Communicate selection decisions to players according to protocols.
  • Manage communication with players not selected in an effective/empathetic style.

2.8 Relationship development

  • Provide positive working relationships with all squad members, selectors, management team, coaches and support staff.
  • Provide regular and on-going communication and feedback to players.
  • Provide positive relationships with CI administration, CI Committees, representatives of CI, ICC, ICC Europe, Sports Councils, supporters, sponsors and media.

2.9 Commercial, sponsorship, media and promotions

  • Advertise and promote women’s programmes and participate in joint promotions with CI, ICC and the two Sport Councils as required.
  • Participation in commercial, promotional activities for CI and its sponsors.
  • Work with CI marketing/commercial team as required.

2.10 Finance:

  • Be involved (with the PD) in the day-to-day finances of the women and girls programme budget.
  • Be involved in the setting and maintaining of the women and girls programme budget.
  1. Working Relationships:
  • Performance Director
  • National Academy Manager
  • International Teams Administration Manager
  • Women and Girls Assistant Coaches/Managers
  • National Senior Men’s Head Coach
  • Senior Men’s Assistant Coach/Analyst
  • National Academy Performance Coach
  • Sport Science Support Staff
  • Specialist coaches
  • Coach Education Officer
  • National Development Manager & Regional Officers
  • Talent Scouts
  • 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 (ISC & IIS)
  • Sponsors
  • Cricket Committee
  • National Selectors
  • Girls and Women’s Game Development Group
  1. Remuneration:
  • €38,000 – 40,000 depending on experience, plus company car, laptop and iPhone for business use
  1. 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 for at least 2 years, AND/OR has at least 5 years’ experience working with female international cricketers in an elite environment.


  • ECB Level 4 Master Coach or been engaged on the programme for 12 months.
  • A Degree (or equivalent qualification) ideally in a sport related subject.

Previous Experience/Training




  • Significant experience of coaching cricket to young and adult female cricketers, ideally in a range of environments including state/province/county/regional squads, national youth and senior level.
  • Demonstrate successful implementation of a performance management youth and/or senior programme within First Class County/State/Provincial cricket.
  • A successful record in high performance planning and monitoring, and contributing to and implementing player development plans.
  • Experience in line-managing staff/coaches.
  • Practical experience and demonstrable knowledge of player development programmes in elite performance.


  • 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.
  • Experience at ICC global events.

Job Related









  • 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.

Inter-Personal Skills






  • 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