GRASSROOTS cricket is set to get a massive boost across Victoria with free introductory coaching courses on offer.
Cricket Australia announced the new strategy during the week as part of its attempts to grow grassroots cricket.
It was expected more than 3000 would take part in the courses for the coming 2017-18 summer season.
The initiative was aimed at developing coaching skills around Victoria, including the Goulburn Murray Cricket area, with an emphasis on junior cricket.
By making the courses more accessible to parents, volunteers and all budding cricket coaches it was hoped more people would take on the role.
It was a first for Victorian cricket as the community coaching course usually costs $120 per person.
Commonwealth Bank Victorian Bushrangers head coach Andrew McDonald said there was a range of positive experiences for individuals in coaching.
‘‘Coaching is a very rewarding way to be involved in the game,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s really satisfying — at whatever level you coach at or are thinking of becoming involved — to see teams and individuals develop their abilities and hopefully enjoy some success along the way.’’
Commonwealth Bank VicSpirit Head Coach David Hemp said the free course would help many people take the next step.
‘‘I’m sure there are lots of budding Victorian coaches out there in the ranks who have given some thought to doing the course and getting involved,’’ Hemp said.
‘‘Now that Cricket Australia has made it free for the upcoming summer, it’s a good time to start that coaching pathway. Who knows where it might take you or what you could learn.’’
All courses will be run by accredited local staff trained by Cricket Australia and is accredited by the Australian Sports Commission and endorsed by the International Cricket Council.
The community coaching course also provides coaches with access to 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 community.cricket.com.au/coach and completing an online introduction to cricket course and selecting a course in their region.