David Hooper (GCB) ICC Europe Young Coach of the Year Interview

The GCB’s Community Cricket Coach – David Hooper, has been named as the ‘Young Coach of the Year’ by ICC Europe for his contribution to youth cricket.

David Hooper

David Hooper

Announced as part of the 2013 European Coach Awards, Hooper was recognised for his work within local Primary schools. ‘His love and passion for the game is evident as is his ability to clearly and appropriately communicate to cricketers of all levels,’ the ICC press release stated.

Crazy Catch have been working with David and Guernsey Cricket recently with their fantastic Appleby Crazy Catch challenge, teaching kids in their PE lessons on Guernsey how to throw and catch. Following David’s recent award success, we asked him how the challenge was going and how he got into cricket coaching …

1. Tell us about your cricket coaching career to date, culminating in your recent success in the ICC Europe Coaching Award?

After finishing secondary school I moved onto the College of Further Education to study Sports coaching, development, nutrition and fitness. From there with the new cricket centre that had been built I applied for a job as multi sports coach which I got and gave me some great experience. After spending 2 ½ years at the ICG I was offered a job to be Community Cricket Coach for the Guernsey Cricket Board. Since then I have now taken on a lot more responsibilities running the softball cricket leagues, running inter school tournaments, taking teams on tour and now being lead coach of Guernsey under 11’s.

2. What does a typical day for you at the GCB involve? 

My typical day is Schools coaching from 9am until 3pm, helping out a school teacher with an after school club 3pm until 4.00pm and finish off with the under 7/9 softball cricket league 4.15 until 5.45pm, then I have to play some cricket of my own with my local team the Mighty Griffins 6pm until 8pm.

3. This summer you are running the Appleby Crazy Catch challenge  – Where did the idea come from and how is it going so far?

Crazy Catch with the GCB

Crazy Catch with the GCB

So far it has been a great success with over 6 schools taking part and the remaining schools will be taking part in the Crazy Catch Challenge next term, so in total 14 schools will be taking part in it within the next 8 weeks. The idea came from the great mind that is Jason Shambrook who has experience in the Crazy Catch challenge as the GCB ran a similar Challenge 3 years ago. We have had some amazing achievements from so many very talented young cricketers with some children averaging a catch every second!!!

4. How is the Crazy Catch helping your work in schools in teaching kids how to catch? 

It’s fantastic because it’s very accurate so the children have more opportunity to catch more balls but still has that element of surprise just like in a proper game of cricket, the children love it and can’t get enough.

5. What are your aspirations for your career going forward?

I hope to gain a lot more experience by watching better coaches such as Jeremy Frith, Nic Pothas and Jason Shambrook, and with that experience be able to pass the next qualification which is the ECB Level 3 course which I have to be nominated for. After this, maybe go another age group up as the lead coach which will bring new challenges.

Take a look at David in action, teaching the skill of catching in Primary Schools…

GCB Catching Challenge – 1 million catches

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