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 exciting following the awarding of ICC Full Membership and Test status to Cricket Ireland in 2017; a recent Future Tours Programme agreement for 2019-2022 in the men’s game; the possibility of the women’s team joining the ICC Women’s Championship in 2021; and the first ever multi-year broadcast agreement. The strategic vision of the organisation is to become a Test nation, not just in name (now achieved) but in the broader sense of what it means to be a ‘Test’ playing country – our Strategic Plan 2016-20 defines this is great detail.
In order to ensure our men’s and women’s teams are competitive now we are playing on the world stage against all other full members, our Talent Pathway programmes are critical in ensuring there is a conveyor belt of talented players ready to take to the International stage.
Cricket Ireland (CI) is seeking a new full-time Talent Pathway Manager and Coach, initially on a 2year contract, to take a lead role within the organisation in continuing to build on our Ireland Talent Pathway Programme (ITPP). They will deliver a robust, effective Talent Pathway Programme focussed on creating sustained success and building towards a competitive under 19 team capable of success at the ICC Under 19 World Cup and will ensure Ireland continues to develop First Class and International men’s and women’s players able to compete on the world stage.
The position will be based at Cricket Ireland headquarters in North Dublin. Whilst focussed mainly on the two Republic of Ireland Provincial Unions, the nature of the role demands a national brief across both sides of the border as well as travel to the UK and overseas. The successful candidate will be required to reside in Ireland full-time given the nature of the role, and should therefore have the required visa.
The role will help feed the recruitment processes of the most talented young players from schools, clubs and Provincial Unions to the CI Shapoorji Pallonji National Academy, which provides them with the opportunity of achieving their potential.
The Manager will work in partnership with Sport Ireland, Sport Northern Ireland, and their respective Sports Institutes, ICC Europe, University Partners – Dublin City and Ulster University, member country Boards, English Counties and other relevant organisations, to introduce and implement policies, programmes, systems and practices that will improve the way in which talented cricketers both male and female, are identified, selected and developed.
The Manager will lead and oversee Cricket Ireland’s player development programme for all under-age national youth teams (Boys U13, U15, U17, U19 and Girl’s U15, U17 and U19), and will be responsible for the development and implementation of a strategy for the recruitment and development of players within these areas. The role will be supported by a group of part-time Talent Pathway Coaches, the Academy Performance Coach and an International Teams Administrator based in CI Head Office in Dublin.
Talent Pathway Manager & Coach Candidate Brief
PURPOSE OF THE POSITION
To take a lead role within the organisation in developing and delivering a robust, effective Talent Pathway focussed on creating sustained success and building to a successful under 19 World Cup squad. This will include implementation of player development processes including talent identification and progression systems in the Cricket Ireland Player Pathway. This position reports directly to the National Academy and Performance Manager. Focus areas for the role include:
Ireland Talent Pathway Programme (ITPP) Regional Talent Pathway Programmes (RTPP) Coach developer and mentoring Regional and International Youth Coach support Player well-being and education Management of related systems and processes
1. MANAGEMENT and ADMINISTRATION Lead the development and implementation of a talent pathways plan for boys and girls, comprising of all Ireland Talent Pathway squad programmes, consistent with the strategic objectives of the performance department and CI budget. Support and accelerate the long-term player development pathway for identified talented players. Create a system that supports the transition of players between Provincial teams, Ireland National Youth, National Academy, Ireland Wolves and the Ireland Team Increase the nationally managed contact time with talent pool players. Chair Ireland National Youth Selection Committee meetings as and when required. Manage the Athlete Management System (AMS) regarding Ireland National Youth Players – to measure, monitor and evaluate the development and performance of them against Individual Performance Plans; report on their progress to the various stakeholders involved. Ensure all Talent Pathway Players are assessed and monitored in line with Cricket Ireland (CI) standards and principles, with this information regularly reported to the national youth selectors, coaches and the National Academy and Performance Manager through the AMS. Liaise closely with CI Sports Science and Medicine staff on player and team logistics for competition and training, working closely with the International Teams Administrator. Manage and coordinate the planning of match programmes across our IYPP boys’ and girls’ teams. Build and manage effective relationships with key external partners, including Provincial Unions, Universities, Schools, Clubs and Parents. Provide player recommendations and reports towards future succession planning for the National Academy Programme. Develop key Provincial Union Pathway Coach relationships to establish stronger links and support to the RTPP. Ensure the players, parents/guardians, coaching and support staff adhere to the CI code of conduct. Manage ITPP coaches at all level (Boys U13 to U19 & Girls U15 to U19). Implement and distribute coach roles and responsibilities. Oversee and update ITPP selection criteria and policy; Oversee the finances of the ITPP including producing purchase orders, processing and approving invoices/expense claims and setting the budget for the ITPP. Liaise with colleagues and experts in talent development, key funding partners, successful cricket nations and other sports to understand existing systems and the talent programmes that underpin them. Regular reporting to the National Academy Manager, Performance Director and High Performance Committee and any key partners on the development, outcomes and benchmarking of the programme.
2. TALENT IDENTIFICATION and DEVELOPMENT Establish and deliver on player welfare support while utilising a network of external links for the ITPP. Act as the main link coordinating between ITPP players and clubs, schools, parents, coaches and support staff, so that all our working together for the players’ best interests to fulfil his/her potential. Support ITPP players through schooling, by supervising study on tours/trips to ensure an appropriate balance between studies and cricket and helping players reach their expected grades. Encourage a culture of fun, discipline, skill, participation and autonomy. Advise and develop talent selection processes in conjunction with the Performance staff. Support the RTPP by sharing and educating on talent ID and the use of the CI Talent ID tools to scout players. Support the development of periodized training programmes. Work in partnership with the CI Performance Team to develop and validate cricket specific talent profiles. Develop and implement a national Talent ID system in conjunction with the National Academy and Performance Manager and other Performance staff which proactively locates and flags emerging talent for the ITPP and objectively describes and quantifies the characteristics of the cricketer. Where resources permit, ensure coherent and appropriate sports science and sports medicine (SS&SM) services are provided to the ITPP players in accordance with protocols established by the CI SS&SM team. Ensure appropriate player development practices are occurring within ITPP, that seamlessly link all levels of the pathway from clubs to RTPP and men’s and women’s representative teams.
3. COACHING Liaise and communicate with school, club and Provincial Union coaches to ensure each player’s programmes are consistent, understood and complementary. Act as Head Coach to at least one ITPP boys’ team, delivering skills programmes regionally on evenings, national weekends and school holiday camps. Provide coaching support across all areas of the ITPP – male and female environments. Support the CI Coach Development Manager to promote and implement coach development workshops and courses. Mentoring ITPP and RTPP coaches as deemed appropriate. Mentor coaches involved in the ITPP ensuring players under their guidance are engaged and in a supportive and learning environment. Develop strong provincial union, school and club links ensuring talented players are identified and developed. A commitment to continuous professional development.
4. TALENT SCOUTING and RECRUITMENT SYSTEM Oversee a talent scout programme as part of an all-Ireland network. Observe and review as many players as possible throughout the season with the Talent Pathway Coaches. Seek and scout overseas talent who may have Irish ancestry, hold an Irish passport or maybe interesting in qualifying for Ireland through a 3-year residency period.
EXPERIENCE and SKILLS REQUIRED
Essential Desirable Education & Professional Qualifications
• Hold an ECB Level 3 Performance Coach award (or equivalent).
• A Degree (or equivalent qualification) ideally in a sports related subject.
• ECB Level 4 Coaching award or engaged on the programme within 12 months. • Played 1st class or International cricket Previous Experience/ Training
• Significant experience (min 5 years) of 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 first class or national level.
• Demonstrate successful implementation and/or management of a talent pathway programme within a County/State/Provincial cricket environment.
• A successful record in performance planning and monitoring and contributing to and implementing strategic plans.
• Talent Identification and development proficiency – being able to identify individual characteristics that talented player require to progress to International cricket.
• 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 performance senior or junior squad players and coaches.
• Four years’ full-time experience (or part-time equivalent) in linemanaging staff/coaches, and a record of successfully setting and managing budgets.
Job Related Requirements
• Willingness to undertake extensive travel around all-Ireland, and overseas, and to work unsocial hours including evenings 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.
• An up to date Garda/Police or CRB check.
• A full clean current driving licence.
• Ability to work evenings and weekends as required.
• Appreciation of the application of research into other Talent Pathway sports systems.
• A strong network of cricket contacts in the UK and abroad.
• Ability to manage and set budgets.
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and oral such as the ability to influence, persuade and present compelling cases for improves practices amongst stakeholders.
• Excellent IT skills including the use of performance analysis systems, PowerPoint, Excel and databases.
• Excellent organisational, planning and time management skills.
• Demonstrable leadership and decision-making skills.
• Ability to demonstrate integrity and appropriate working relationships and trust with 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
WORKING RELATIONSHIPS National Academy & Performance Manager Talent Pathway Coaches Performance Director National Academy Performance Coach Coach Development Manager National Men’s and Women’s Head Coaches Assistant Coaches International Teams Administration Manager International Teams Administration Assistant Ireland National Youth Team Coaches Sports Science & Medicine Staff Specialist coaches Provincial Unions PU Head Coaches & Pathway Coaches Schools, specialist sports colleges, colleges and universities Player parents Sports Councils (North & Rep of Ire) and Institutes of sport High Performance Committee; Cricket Committee; National Selection Committees.
REMUNERATION The package will include a competitive salary commensurate with qualifications, skills and experience, and include a mobile phone and laptop for business use.
PROCESS The closing date for applications will be Friday 22nd March, 9.00am local time. A detailed letter of application and full CV should be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject ‘Talent Pathway Manager and Coach’ – all applications will be kept strictly confidential during the process. Preliminary interviews will be held on 27th & 28th March 2019