Coaching scheme proves a winner for trio

Kevin Harnett and Peter Finch, both aged 19, who spend most weekends playing and coaching at Bedlington Cricket Club.
Kevin Harnett and Peter Finch, both aged 19, who spend most weekends playing and coaching at Bedlington Cricket Club.
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THREE cricketers from the county have taken the first steps into coaching.

Kevin Harnett, Peter Finch and Sean McCafferty, all aged 19, spend most weekends playing for Bedlington Cricket Club.

However, all three have decided to give something back to the club that has offered them so much over recent years.

Earlier this year Kevin, Peter and Sean completed the ECB Level 1 Cricket Award, which has allowed them to work alongside more experienced coaches at the club.

Since then they have been putting their award to good use by working with the club’s junior section on a weekly basis.

Young coaches are vital for the future of community clubs such as Bedlington Cricket Club.

They are also at an age where they can interact with and act as role models for young cricketers.

Bedlington Cricket Club received support for the initiative through the Recruit into Coaching programme in 2010.

The scheme, managed locally by Blyth Valley Arts & Leisure and Northumberland Sport, offered local people the opportunity to undergo essential training such as safeguarding, emergency first aid and UKCC Level 1s in order to take the first step into voluntary coaching.

Anyone who would like to find out more information about volunteering in sport should contact (01670) 542338.