The South African Cricketers’ Association (SACA) has partnered with the CoachED Cricket, the online cricket coach education platform aimed to provide players with the skills to become accomplished coaches.
CoachED is an online platform that offers a number of options for aspiring coaches from a basic package of information to the ELITE Accreditation course where the aspirant coaches receive personal guidance from some of the game’s best coaches and players.
“Dual career is a key service we provide to players through the Player Plus programme and we are always looking for ways to improve and expand on dual career opportunities for players. The CoachED partnership is an exciting one for players as it provides them with the flexibility of online learning to develop their off field skills through,” commented Andrew Breetzke, SACA CEO.
Mthokozisi Shezi, Rory Kleinveldt and JP Duminy are the first three players to be awarded a SACA bursary to advance their coaching careers and are currently participants on the second cohort of the CoachED ELITE Accreditation.
Founded by former India and Proteas head coach Gary Kirsten, the CoachED cricket coach education platform is a tool that has a great deal to offer any aspiring coach.
“I’m very excited to be partnering up with SACA to assist in exploring a coaching career path for current and retired professional cricketers,” Kirsten said.
“CoachED is an online coach education platform which provides a great opportunity to learn, remotely, from some of the best coaches in the world on how to become a highly effective coach.”
Through his coaching experience, Kirsten understands that it is difficult for ex-players to just shift straight into coaching so using a platform like CoachED will help in bridging that gap.
“Having transitioned from a 17 year playing career straight into coaching, I did not realise how little I knew about the intricacies, detail and the art of coaching. It would have been hugely beneficial, whilst still playing, to have had the opportunity to develop my coaching skills on a platform like CoachED.”
“We look forward to this partnership with SACA and trust that this initiative will make a positive contribution to the wellbeing of cricket in South Africa.”
CoachED and SACA have come to an agreement whereby players who are SACA members will receive a discount when they sign up for one of the three options.