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Manchester cricket coach recognised by Sky Sports ECB Coach Education Programme

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Michael Holding presents to Reehan Rather (right) Michael Holding presents to Reehan Rather (right)

Cricket coach, Rehaan Rather, has been recognised for outstanding services to grassroots cricket by former West Indies player, Michael Holding, who presented a special coaching certificate during the washed out 1st Natwest One Day International against Australia at Headingley Cricket Ground on Friday, 6th September.

Rather was given the exclusive opportunity to attend the One Day International as part of the Sky Sports ECB Coach Education programme. Fifteen coaches met with Holding at Headingley, all of whom were being acknowledged by the programme’s ‘Reward and Recognition’ scheme.

Over one hundred coaches from across the country will have been recognised during the 2013 season, which comprised of a series of on-pitch presentations throughout the summer by various cricket legends and the Sky Sports broadcast team.

Rather started working for StreetChance (tape ball cricket aimed at tackling youth crime and anti-social behaviour in inner cities) in April 2011 when it began in Manchester. He was tasked with building up projects from scratch in some tough areas in Manchester, these being Cheetham Hill, Old Trafford, Moss Side and Longsight. Rather went above and beyond the call of duty to build up these sessions, regularly going in to local youth centres and mosques in his free time to hand out flyers and explain to people what the sessions entailed.

Rather took a group of Afghan refugee boys to Lancashire County Cricket Club to introduce them to hard ball cricket. Sessions now run each month and the boys have had interest from Lancashire youth team coaches.

StreetChance in Manchester is by far the most successful project running at present. This is all down to Rather and his abilities to engage participants from hard to reach backgrounds. 

Commenting on the Sky Sports ECB Coach Education programme, Rehaan Rather said: “The programme enables me to work with other coaches and learn from them. It helps to keep developing your abilities as a coach.”

Commenting on being recognised at Headingley, Rehaan Rather said: “I’m really happy to be here. I want to give thanks for my nomination. It is great to be recognised and meet other coaches that are making a difference in the game.”

Commenting on the day, Michael Holding said: “This programme highlights the value of having good coaches at grass roots level. The coaches should be proud of what they have achieved, their dedication is a great advert for the programme.”

The Sky Sports ECB Coach Education Programme aims to attract and train coaches at all levels of cricket in England and Wales, developing coaching skills from playground to test arena.

The programme’s ‘Reward and Recognition’ scheme, aims to identify those cricket coaches across England and Wales that go above and beyond the call of duty to help grassroots cricket flourish. 

For more information about Sky Sports ECB Coach Education Programme, visit www.ecb.co.uk/development/coach-education.

Picture: Former West Indies fast bowler and cricket legend, Michael Holding, rewards Manchester coach, Rehaan Rather, for outstanding services to grassroots cricket.

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Saf 18/09/2013 12:20:38
Well done Rather, it's great to see talent recognised at this level. You have clearly done a brilliant job with the kids and have helped keep them off the streets. Wish you further success.
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