The European Coach Awards 2013 winners have been announced with the Outstanding Contribution Award going to Roland Lefebvre of Koninklijke Nederlandse Cricket Bond (KNCB), as ICC Europe’s commitment to coach development continues.
Israel Cricket Association’s (ICA) Herschel Gutman was awarded Coach of the Year for leading the coach development programme in Israel and Guernsey Cricket Board’s (GCB) David Hooper won Young Coach of the Year for his contribution to youth cricket.
As a dedicated employee and ECB Master Coach Level 4 of the KNCB for 13 years Lefebvre has had many responsibilities including coach education, performance development and national team analyst. KNCB CEO Richard Cox is delighted by the recognition that Lefebvre has received, “The results over recent seasons have indicated that the pathways that Roland is in charge of are developing and starting to produce the level of cricketer that the Netherlands needs to strive for its ambition of Full Member status,” said Cox.
Coach of the Year, Herschel Gutman (ECB Level 3 Performance Coach and ECB Tutor /Assessor) has established a night cricket league which runs very successfully across Israel with over 10 teams participating for the league title; Gutman is also leading a successful coach and player development programme involving numerous communities and groups within Israel.
“Due to the work and hours that Herschel puts in, I have seen the wonderful improvement in the junior’s cricket over the years,” explains ICA’s Michael Barnett.
David Hooper of Guernsey was awarded the Cricket Factory Young Coach of the Year for leading cricket lessons in Primary Schools. His love and passion for the game is evident as is his ability to clearly and appropriately communicate to cricketers of all levels.
“David will have a telling role creating the next generation of Guernsey players. All in Guernsey Cricket know that with David at the forefront of this we are in very safe hands. Often you forget he is only 21 and it makes you wonder how good he might become,” says Nic Pothas, Director of Cricket at Guernsey Cricket Board.
Lefebvre and Gutman will both be invited ICC European Presidents’ Day which will be hosted on finals day at the ICC European Division 1 Championship. Hooper will receive a Cricket Factory skills set and support from them to integrate the equipment with their coaching. Runners-up were named Cricket Finland’s, Simon Dannapfel and Israel’s George Sheader in the Outstanding Contribution category. The Coach of the Year category, runners up were named as Jersey Cricket Board’s Gemma Dunning and Dansk Cricket Forbund’s, Mikkel Gron.
ICC Europe remains dedicated to developing coaching across the continent, with 4809 active coaches currently across the region offering high quality support to players at all levels of the player pathway from club/ school environment to the international stage.
In April 2013 ICC Europe, alongside Cricket Ireland, Cricket Scotland and the ECB’s Elite Coach Development programme, delivered 2 tutor training workshops to 40 European tutors. ICC Europe in partnership with the ECB Elite Coach Development programme is delivering the ECB UKCC Level 3 Performance Coach Course to 24 European Coaches.
Coaching is an essential part of the ICC Europe Development Programme and the European Coach Awards recognise and reward the efforts of coaches who have made a significant impact for players within their country.