Specialist physical education teachers on island were recently given the opportunity to improve their cricket skills at Clifton Hunter High School.
Fourteen teachers from government and private schools attended the one-day course last month with Peter Anderson, Cayman Cricket’s new technical director.
Mr. Anderson has 30 years’ coaching knowledge and played as a professional cricketer in Australia for 10 years, a press release said. He has coached international teams in Papua New Guinea and recently Afghanistan.
Local teachers were put through many cricket drills and skills that they can pass on to children of all ages. Three additional coaches also helped to improve the teachers’ knowledge and skills.
In addition to cricket skills, Mr. Anderson stressed the importance of children being physically literate. Physical literacy is developing fundamental movement skills and sport skills, allowing children to move confidently in a wide variety of situations, the press release notes.
Claire Hughes, leader of Primary physical education at Cayman Prep, organized the day as part of her role as head of the Cayman Islands Physical Education Teachers Association. The association was established last year to help PE teachers on island keep up to date with developments in sports and to improve their teaching skills.
Ms. Hughes says that the skills learned in cricket are all transferable to other sports.
“There is such excitement when we have cricket in our curriculum. All children love to play,” she said, “and our cricket club is always full of girls and boys of all ages. This opportunity to work closely with Mr. Anderson has been invaluable, it gave us all a chance to improve our skills and learn new techniques and games.”
Karen Ryan from Montessori by the Sea said, “It was wonderful to have a PE specific professional development course on island. The cricket course was very informative and I loved that Peter Anderson believes in developing the child/athlete as a whole, rather than concentrating only on sports specific skills.”
Cayman Cricket coaches visit various schools across the island to assist the PE teachers and help teach cricket to various government school pupils.
Ms. Hughes also plays women’s cricket in the local league and says that the clubs always welcome new members for both women’s and men’s teams.