During your time on the cricket coaching programme in Melbourne you will be employed as a cricket coach. Most of the coaches who go to Melbourne work in secondary schools where they coach cricket to pupils each week for a school term or for the duration of a cricket season. A number of coaches however coach at cricket clubs with large junior sections.
The coaches in Melbourne secondary schools either coach cricket to junior pupils who are aged between 11 and 15 or senior pupils who are aged between 16 and 18. Most coaching sessions are undertaken between 3.30pm and 5.30pm on Monday and Wednesday for junior pupils and on Tuesday and Thursday for senior pupils plus Saturday mornings between 8am and 12pm for both. Initially, you should get between 5 and 10 hours of coaching work per week. You may be assigned more hours once you have demonstrated your ability as a coach.
Upon arrival in Melbourne, your mentor will introduce you to your school or coaching institute where you will receive specific information as to your coaching hours, the age of the pupils you will be coaching and any other relevant information. We structure the dates of our coaching programmes so that participants coaching, usually have the first week of their programme to get settled in Australia, become familiar with the public transport system and complete tasks such as opening a bank account and applying for a tax file number (see Australia Handbook for instructions). Coaching work usually commences in the second or third week of the programme during school term 4 or in the second week if term 1. On our longer coaching programmes people usually coach in two school terms. If this is the case, there is likely to be a holiday of approximately 6 weeks midway through the programme between the end of the first term and the start of the new term. Coaches at cricket clubs will usually coach there for the duration of their programme.
Sport Lived undertakes a thorough screening process on all coaching applicants and we only select individuals who we believe are suitable to coach sport in Australia. This document highlights the fact we think you are suitable to coach sport in Australia and that you will do a good job. Sport Lived cannot however guarantee that you will be employed as a coach at your assigned school or club. Your employment as a coach is subject to you meeting your assigned school or club where you might be asked to conduct a sample coaching session. Should you not be employed by your assigned school or club, Sport Lived will contact other schools and coaching organisations and help to arrange coaching work for you in Melbourne.
Sport Lived require all cricket coaches to obtain a minimum ECB Level 1 coaching qualification before the start of their programme. An ECB Level 2 or higher qualification will be very well regarded.