You are talking to the wrong person about Coaching qualifications. Being a bit arrogant and brash and nearly having my cricket career ruined by a highly qualified coach I refuse to do them.Originally Posted by Autobahn
It seems the only reason to take your exams is to say you have got them and for people to know you have them rather than actully become a far better coach. I work on word of mouth and people come to me because I am good rather than I have a certain coaching qual.
Why? I dont need them, I have no real respect for the coaches thay produce, the system has produced a lot of very average coaches who know and understand little about the game apart from what they are taught. The are fine for history teachers taking a cricket lesson but they are not what I need.
I work from an understanding of the game and build from there by working with each individual. I do not apply for jobs, people come to me. I never wanted to do private coaching but I have had so many people ask me that I have taken a few on.
IMO certain qualified coaches were responsible for the decline of English cricket during the 80s and 90s. Bowling (especially fast bowling which is my specialized area) was taught in completely the wrong way and we produced a 3 generations of trundlers and few real fast bowlers.
Its also a family thing. My dad was a qualified Football coach and he bred into me a disrespect for coaching quals and systems.
He hated that to pass his Football exams he had to spout the teachings of Charles 'spit' Hughes (if you are too young ask someone who knows). We kind of go with the philosophy that Howard Wilkinson was the most highly qualified English coach and Bill Shankley had nothing. Who was the better manager?
Coaching Quals mean nothing and I will continue to fight the system whereever I can.
As for where I coach, I cant say that here. A work in a few places, have a sports coaching business and conduct private coaching sessions.