CRICKET ESPAÑA TALKS TO TOP ECC COACH
CE—First of all, welcome to Spain Dave. Can you tell us a little bit about your qualifications.
DG—Well I am pretty much independent but I have contracts with the Army Cricket team, I am part of the ECC European Staff and also I am on the Hampshire Coaching Education Staff where I work extensively with their Youth Academy.
CE—What did you know about Spanish Cricket before your weekend trip to La Manga to coach the Level One Course ?
DG—I have been involved with the ECC since the begining of its conception ten years ago and having spent eighteen months as a coach in Gibraltar I am familiar with the regional situation.
CE—What impressions do you have of Spanish Cricket ?
DG—I am very impressed with the facilities at La Manga and I think the could easily be used for ECC events. From a coaching standpoint it is great to see how Spain is developing and driving forward and that there are new people who are becoming increasingly involved in coaching in Spain.
CE—What advice would you give to help increase the popularity of cricket in Spain ?
DG—If coaches remain active and try to increase school involvement then popularity will increase naturally.By promoting the game at a local level and encouraging more Spanish born players to become involved in coaching, umpiring and developing the game you will also see the popularity rise.
CE—We host our first ever ECC outdoor tournament this year.What can we do to help make it a successful one ?
DE—Firstly, you have a great location to advertise Spanish cricket and lots of activities nearby to keep the Juniors interested in the evenings and days off when they are not playing cricket.By ensuring added attractions are available you will be able to run a first class tournament, where everybody, players, families and friends enjoy their stay in Spain.
CE—Any final thoughts on Spanish Cricket ?
DG—I have had a very enjoyable but brief visit to Spain and I have been assured that Spanish Cricket is positive and forward thinking in their ambitions for Spanish Cricket.
CE—Thanks Dave for taking time out to speak to Cricket España.
Current Position: Self-Employed Coach Born: 8th February 1953
Stockport Grammar School
Cricket Coach – Army, ECB Coach Ed, Wiltshire, ECC, Solent University, Hampshire Academy
Cricket Development Officer, Gibraltar Cricket Association
HM Forces (Army) 1969-1993
Playing Career: Coaching Qualifications:
Lancashire Club & Ground 68/69 NCA Coach Award Basic,Senior & Advanced
Army UK 74-84 ECB Level III Award
Army Germany 78-90 ECB Staff Coach Level I & II
Hong Kong CA 87-90
Gibraltar CA 97-98
Cricketers Particularly Admired: Other Sports Followed:
IT Botham Football
RA Smith Rugby Union
ECC Staff Coach since 1997