Mitchell on a mission to get more kids playing cricket
New Gloucestershire community coach Jamie Mitchell is on a mission to get as many children playing cricket as possible.
The 21-year-old started his new job with the GCB earlier this month and is hoping to pass on his passion for the game to the next generation of players.
He said: "It has always been my dream to work in cricket full-time. It is something that I have always done for fun anyway so to do it for a living is fantastic.
"My aim is just to get as many children playing as I can. I really want to get them excited about cricket and encourage them to join local clubs. If I can help clubs boost their junior sections and get more people playing the game in the county that would be great."
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In his new role Jamie – who has just graduated from the University of Gloucestershire - is responsible for delivering sessions in schools, developing the pathway to local clubs and running competitions throughout Gloucester, The Forest of Dean, Stroud, Cheltenham and the Cotswolds.
Since joining the GCB earlier this month, the 2012 Wiltshire Young Coach of the year has already been busy coaching in a number of primary schools around Gloucester as part of the Cricket Foundation's Chance to Shine scheme. He has also led an ECB Young Leaders course at Newent CC and run sessions in Moreton-in-Marsh.
He said: "It's been going really well. I have been into some excellent schools and the reaction of the children has been really positive. Some of the classes have played before but children are having a go at cricket for the first time. It has been great to see how much they are enjoying it and hopefully they will keep playing."
On June 18 Jamie is holding a very special day of cricket activities at Longlevens primary school in Gloucester as part of National Cricket Day. As well as providing coaching he will also be leading cricket-themed maths, science and English lessons.
Steve Silk, cricket development manager at the GCB said: "Jamie hugely impressed in a very strong and competitive interview. He brings passion and drive which can already be seen in the quality of his work and we are very fortunate to have a person like him as part of our team. Whilst young in age he brings years of experience of coaching at a representative level through his work in Wiltshire and has club development and schools experience which he continues to grow at his club Shrewton.
"His appointment will ensure the GCB continues to achieve its aim of giving more children the chance to play cricket in schools and encourage them to join local clubs."
As well as employing Jamie as community coach the GCB has recently undergone a restructure of its existing staff in order to meet its main strategic aims - including offering further support to cricket clubs. To help with this, cricket development officer Eric Woodmason has been given a new role as clubs and programmes officer for the north of the county. His current areas of work include helping Cinderford CC, Kings Stanley CC and Sheepscombe set-up and/or develop junior sections and supporting Gloucester Crescent Pakistanis in their search for a permanent home ground.