Franchise coaches growing their knowledge through CoachED

Hollywoodbets Dolphins head coach Imraan Khan

Photo: Hollywoodbets Dolphins head coach Imraan Khan. Credit: Anesh Debiky.

Both of last season’s trophy winning franchise coaches, Wandile Gwavu from the Imperial Lions and Imraan Khan from the Hollywoodbets Dolphins, are amongst the current intake and benefitting from the CoachED Elite Accreditation course.

Gwavu was responsible for leading the Lions to yet another 4-Day Domestic Series triumph while Khan guided the Hollywoodbets Dolphins to the Momentum One Day Cup title. Both coaches are still relatively new to the franchise system but have shown they are accomplished coaches.

Khan has only been at the helm of the Dolphins side for a season following a season as assistant coach to Grant Morgan. To be able to add this insight that he has got from CoachED to his existing knowledge base is a huge bonus.

“It has been a great experience so far,” Khan said. “There has been a huge amount learnt from the insight into the coaching space and the content has been first class.

“The way in which your thinking is challenged is fantastic and I look forward to what the rest of the course has in store.”

Khan has been able to build a personal relationship with Gary Kirsten through his role as assistant coach to him at the Durban Heat. That time spent with Kirsten gave Khan the motivation to learn more about how he coaches and his methods.

“Gary is a world cup winning coach so it made absolute sense to go about developing my skills and learning from him through the CoachED platform.

“It was brilliant to be able to watch him go about his business on the ground.

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“I’ve also got to say thank you to Cricket South Africa for assisting in giving me the opportunity to take part in the course and learn from some of the best minds in the game,” Khan added.

Wandile Gwavu showed that he is definitely a coach to look out for when he too bagged a trophy in his first season as a franchise coach.

Gwavu’s Lions side showed their red ball strength to wrap up a second consecutive four day trophy with him at the helm.

After making the step up to franchise cricket Gwavu knows there is still a lot to learn and the CoachED programme is giving him the ideal platform to improve.

“I have been very surprised by the quality of the content on the course,” Gwavu said. “To have guys like Justin Langer and Stephen Fleming sharing their experiences and the mistakes that they made with us it hugely informative.

“To see that the best coaches in the world have made the same mistakes as I have and are giving us the way forward is fantastic.”

Coaches are able to gain a wealth of information from the twelve week course but so far Gwavu has picked up one important nugget of information.

“Player management definitely stands out for me,” he mentioned. “I felt that last season I needed to stamp my authority on the side as it was my first season.

“I have learnt that I have to consider the emotions and feelings of the players. I think I’ve gained a lot of clarity from that,” he added.

Applications for the next intake of coaches on the Elite Accreditation are open with the next course starting on 18 January 2021.

For more information on CoachED and the accreditation packages that they offer visit www.coachedcricket.com For more information on the South African Cricketers Association visit https://saca.org.za/


Dave Macleod

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