Paul Harwood 'Norfolk Coach of The Year 2014'

Paul Harwood 'Norfolk Coach of The Year 2014'

 

This is the first time that Norfolk CA have nominated a Level 1 coach for this award but such has been the impact that Paul has made through his arrangement of the coaching set up and delivery at Reepham & Salle that it was felt he was the best candidate.

 

Paul Harwood has been an instrumental part in the recent rise and rise of Reepham & Salle CC in Norfolk in recent years. Reformed in 2001 after the two clubs in Reepham town and neighbouring Salle village folded, the club restarted as a traditional village team playing in a beautiful rural setting. In recent years however the club has grown and developed exponentially, with 4 successive promotions for their first team within the Norfolk Cricket League, and the addition of a second Saturday XI and a Sunday XI. In addition to this the club has in the last 4 years begun to develop youth cricket and has a growing section of around 50 young players that have had success against teams from much larger clubs, led by a team of qualified coaches. Impressively for a small village club, Clubmark accreditation was gained in 2013.

 

Paul has been central to all this. We recognise that being ‘Coach of the Year’ does not necessarily require a high level qualification, or work with the best players. This nomination is very much about pulling together a quality coaching programme at grassroots level with a successful team of coaches that makes a significant difference within the local community. Paul is the Youth Co-ordinator and a very active, hands on coach. His skills, drive and enthusiasm have served to pull together a quality coaching programme at the club, run by qualified coaches, under the Clubmark banner. The sessions are fun and becoming increasingly popular with young people from the local school, with which the club is forging strong links. This again is primarily down to Paul. At the heart of what the club are doing though is a strong coaching ethos of fun and enjoyment created by Paul and his team. He may not be the most technically gifted coach in Norfolk but his commitment and dedication to a small village club is seeing them grow and provide a significant benefit to the local community through quality cricket coaching programmes.

 

Keiron Tuck (Cricket Development Manager NCB)



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