Cricket…why it’s priceless


Rhian is head coach for the Oxfordshire U11 Girls Squad as well as a senior player in the county team. Whilst she is still fairly new to the world of coaching, she has been involved with cricket for 13 years and is a true pioneer for the game.

You as a coach, whether you are a volunteer or paid, are so much more than just a pioneer for your hobby. Not only are you providing an opportunity for people to have a go at sport…you are helping to equip your players, whether young or old, with the essential life skills they need to take on the big wide world with capacity, courage and most importantly, confidence.

I am so grateful for sport and the invaluable life skills it has embedded in me.  I started playing cricket when I was 8 years old, and it has been the centre of my summers ever since. Playing it and now coaching it, is not only something I am passionate about but it continues to equip me with the ability to handle any situation I am faced with in everyday life – and that, I feel, is pretty priceless.

Cricket has taught me how to be a team player – not only in the face of success but also when things have gotten pretty tough…and pretty tough they’ve gotten!  Relationships with people; whether they be professional or social are SO important and it’s no secret that the key to any successful relationship is teamwork. Decent teamwork comes down to one thing, every single member taking responsibility for themselves and their own actions. Whilst this lesson usually comes following hardship and a rough ride on the success train –  as coaches, we are providing a fun environment where players can get used to being in these kind of situations before the reality of the world hits them. For them, priceless.

Discipline – an important skill to possess and I don’t just mean so you avoid raiding the sweet cupboard and sabotage your healthy eating.  Discipline in Cricket is so important – knowing the right time to play the ball, instead of swinging at everything and hoping for the best. You get one chance to bat, so be in control of it, even in the face of frustration.  It takes one delivery to get out and then you are watching from the side line and you can’t score runs from there, can you?  Providing your players with the capacity to exercise discipline in any form of life, again, is priceless.

Making choices under pressure, thinking on your feet, assessing and responding to a variety of situations, clear communication, adaptability, positive body language – all these skills are imperative to being a good sportswoman and an even better coach.  So…In those moments of self-reflection, which as women we have all too often, remember, that you are not just teaching players how to play a sport, you are teaching them how to play life and that, IS priceless.



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