The free Community (Level 1) coaching courses introductory will provide a major boost to coaching ranks across the state, with a focus on junior cricket designed to boost the game at grassroots level.

More than 3,000 people are expected to make use of the free courses across Australia during the 2017-18 season.

The initiative is a first for cricket, as the community coaching course usually costs $120 per person.

By making the courses free of charge, they are now more accessible to volunteers, parents and all budding cricket coaches across the state.

WACA General Manager – Game & Market Development Jo Davies said the commitment to investing at this level of the game was vital, as grassroots cricket is the lifeblood of cricket in Western Australia.

“To be able to offer the community coaching course free of charge across the state is a significant part of this commitment. We hope this initiative encourages more West Australians to get involved in coaching,” Ms Davies said. 

“We want all of our cricket participants to have an enjoyable and safe experience, ensuring our grassroots coaches have the training and resources to be able to provide this is important. 

“WA cricket clubs rely on their volunteers - and their coaches - to devote their time to the game. It’s where all our current male and female cricketers have developed their skills.

"It’s vitally important for us to support these volunteers making the game happen at all levels of competition, to help drive participation in our great game and produce future Australian stars in the years to come.”

All courses in Western Australia will be run by accredited staff from the WACA and Cricket Australia.

The course is accredited by the Australian Sports Commission and endorsed by the International Cricket Council.

The community coaching course also provides coaches with access to free online resources and will include training on the revised junior formats, which are currently being introduced around Australia.

People can register for the free course by signing up online at the Cricket Australia Coaching website, completing an online induction course, and selecting a course in their region or contacting their WACA Regional Cricket Manager.

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