North West Statement | Overseas Players

Board of Control statement on overseas players in the North West

The North West Cricket Union (NWCU) Board of Control (BOC) met on Wednesday the 8th February 2017 to discuss the changes to the Home Office immigration rules relating to overseas sports persons for the 2017 season which were received on Tuesday 7th February 2017.

These rules were revised over the winter months by the Home Office and apply to all clubs within Northern Ireland.

The changes, enforced by UK Borders Agency, mean that only Tier 5 migrant workers are allowed to play in the NWCU Premiership. Clubs must have a current sponsor licence and must be able to assign a Certificate of Sponsorship following the issuing of a Cricket Ireland endorsement. In order to obtain UKBA/Cricket Ireland endorsement the player must have played a minimum of 5 first class cricket matches in the previous 24 months and also must have an ECB / UKCC Level 2 (or equivalent) cricket coaching qualification. They will further need to obtain first aid and child protection certificates as well as police clearance from their resident country.

The document further states that Standard Visitor Visa (SVV) holders cannot play for NWCU Premiership clubs but can play in the Championship or lower leagues. Players entering on SVV’s must be amateur cricketers who are not allowed to be paid or to coach, further to this the UKBA have tightened the criteria of what is an amateur cricketer.

The NWCU BOC has considered all available information on this matter, including confirmation from the Home Office as well as representations from Cricket Ireland and NWCU clubs. The BOC can confirm that these changes have been stipulated by the Home Office and as such need to be enforced with immediate effect.

Clubs are advised that the responsibility for ensuring the players meet the criteria as set out by the Home Office lies with them. Neither the NWCU or Cricket Ireland are qualified to give advice on immigration matters and should clubs require more information they should read the guidance available online through the Home Office website or contact the UKBA directly.

North West Cricket Coaching Course Feb 2017

Welcome To Coaching Course | Greysteel

North West Holds Welcome To Coaching Course

The North West got this years Club and Coach Education calendar underway with a Welcome to Coaching Course at the Vale Centre in Greysteel last Sunday.

10 North West clubs were represented on the Course at The Vale Centre, Greysteel last weekend, with 15 newly qualified coaches gaining their Welcome to Coaching Certificate.

Cricket Irelands Coach Education Manager, who was part of the tutor team, said

It was a great effort by all involved and some really good discussions, getting the coaches to talk about their own experiences and looking to develop some new coaching ideas. CICA are delighted to be able to support this course and the NWCU with their Coach development programmes, which run alongside their Active Clubs and other development projects.”

Through support from The Derry Midweek League, Limavady CRFC and the North West Active clubs Program, this course was free to attend.

Sam McPherson, Chairman of the Derry Midweek League said

We are delighted to be able to give back something to those clubs who have supported the charity for over 50 years. We feel that assisting the clubs to gain new coaches by subsidising or offering free courses will not only develop the clubs but cricket as a whole in the North West.”

This year the Coach Education Calendar has expanded dramatically from previous seasons with the input of the NWCU Active Clubs Program and supported by the Derry Midweek. Coaches will have the opportunity to attend workshops on Fast Bowling, Batsmanship, Captaincy and Spin Bowling. There will also be a workshop for club professionals to attend on coaching in schools & club evironments.

There will be a Certificate in Coaching (level 2) running in the North West in February, which with the support of the North West Active Clubs Program and the Derry Midweek League it be heavily subsidised from originally costing £250 per head. The fee will be collected in the form of a £100 donation to the Derry Midweek, with added incentive of receiving £50 of this back if you complete your online and coaching sessions by the 30th of June 2017.

In addition to The Coaching Courses, the North West Active Clubs Program will be running a Safeguarding Course and a Designated Officer Course in March to help clubs meet current safeguarding procedures and work towards their Club Licensing Scheme & Accreditation.

Below is a full list of the Courses and workshops coming up

Workshops – Free

  • Batsmanship & Batting to win – 15th February 8-9:30pm (Bready)
  • Seam & Fast Bowling with Stuart Barnes – 18th February 10am -12 noon (Bready)
  • Fast Bowling Fundamentals – 8th March 6:30 to 8pm (Bready)
  • Spin Bowling Fundamentals – 22nd March 8 – 9:30 pm (Bready)
  • Club Coach & Pro Coaching Focus – 24th April 7 – 9pm (TBC)

Cricket Level 2 – £100* per person

  • Day 1 – 12th February – 9am to 5pm – The Vale Centre Greysteel
  • Day 2 – 19th February – 9am to 5pm – Artigarvan Hall
  • Day 3 – 26th February – 9am to 5pm – The Vale Centre, Greysteel

Safeguarding Course – £10 per person

  • 21st March 6 – 9pm Fox Lodge CC

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