Hungarian Cricket Association (HCA) 2-5 Year Development Plan
MAIN AREAS OF ATTENTION
- CRICKET DEVELOPMENT
- MEDIA AND PROMOTION OF OUR SPORT
- FINANCIAL SUPPORT
1) CRICKET DEVELOPMENT
There are many aspects and stages to this work, the main focus areas for our development plans being:
- promoting the game
- women players
- native players
- junior players
- Roma community
- national team
- beginner => national team pathway
i) Promoting the game
- The number one focus is to get cricket into schools and then provide incentives for junior players to get involved with and stay with the sport. This will actively target female cricketers, to support our aims for women’s cricket.
- See ‘Coaching’ section for more information about this extremely important aspect of promoting the game.
- See ‘Media and awareness of our sport’ section for more promotional aims.
- Junior cricket clubs already operate in regional centres Szekesfehervar, Szolnok, Bekescsaba as well as the capital, Budapest. Approximately 200 children already take part in regular (generally, weekly) cricket trainings. Many are girls, most are native Hungarians
- In Budapest, ‘International Schools’ (British School, Britannica, American School) already have weekly cricket programs provided by ‘Bat and Ball Junior Cricket Club’ (www.batandballcricket.com). This club has over 70 registered girls and boys from nearly 20 nationalities, and includes many Hungarian children. The club continues to grow and is preparing for more programs, more children.
- We plan to initiate a program to regularly send coaches to Hungarian schools to introduce the game. Ideally, this will progress to weekly coaching programs also opening up in several Hungarian schools. (Until now, many such ‘presentations’ have happened, taking the sport to more than 20 schools, but the ‘follow up’ of regular coaching is yet to be established).
- We plan to form an agreement to teach students who are studying to be PE teachers, about how to coach cricket. It is hoped that in 2012-2013 we will have the opportunity to do this at the Budapest Sports University. This will support our aim to get cricket to be an active part of the Hungarian School Curriculum by 2014.
- The development of more training facilities is planned and is already underway. See ‘Facilities’ section for more detail.
- The development of MORE COACHES is a top priority to make all the above a reality. Such development must include more formally trained coaches (see ‘education’), but also many, many more volunteers being informally trained and getting involved with organized and spontaneous coaching. Here is the outline of our aims for the coming years:
Number of regularly active
qualified cricket coaches
1 (Level 1)
5 (including ‘head coach’, to be ‘Level 2’ trained)
Number of regularly active unqualified cricket coaches
Number of occasionally active volunteer ‘coaches’
* note that ‘qualified’ means ‘cricket coach’. e.g. one active coach is a qualified P.E. coach, but not a ‘cricket coach’ as such.
* ‘regularly active’ means at least weekly
* ‘Level 1’ and ‘Level 2’ terminology used since different nations have different terms for the scaling of coaching certificates
- See ‘women players’, ‘junior players’, ‘native players’ for more specific information about coaching plans in these areas
- Formal ICC training courses for Coaches, Umpires and Scorers will be necessary to achieve the above aims.
- Ideally, a locally based qualified/experienced coach would undertake the official qualification to train potential new coaches. This will make the above aims financially more achievable.
- Informal training evenings offered by the more experienced local Coaches and Umpires are already planned for 2012 and will continue to be a part of our Education plan.
- Providing competitive cricket at levels appropriate to players’ skill levels is a crucial part of our development plan.
- This ranges from ‘Division One’ cricket being played at a high ‘Club’ level on a weekly basis (this division generally - but not exlusively - provides for male cricketers with good experience and skills) through to competitive fixtures for junior beginners.
- We also plan to introduce ‘cage cricket’, a 5-a-side game that can be played on a tennis court or similar.
- A chart of our plans for growth and development in this area:
Division One 35 Overs (6 teams)
Division Two 25 Overs (3 teams)
T20 Cup (8 teams)
Junior Competitions outdoor and indoor, in Hungary and neighbouring countries.
Touring Teams playing in Hungary
Structure allows for new teams to join 2nd Division.
Possible introduction of 3rd division, including a women’s team, a ‘junior+dads’ team, and a ‘native/beginners’ team (probably 8-a-side).
Touring Teams playing in Hungary
‘Social’ tournaments, e.g. 6-a-side, etc.
Indoor League and/or tournament in winter.
Division One 35 Overs (8 teams)
Division Two 25 Overs (4 teams)
Division Three 20 Overs (4 teams, including Junior/Women/Native only teams)
National Team in ICC Europe Division 3
Women’s Team in ICC Europe Division
Junior Competitions outdoor and indoor,
in Hungary and neighbouring countries.
Schools League (regional based)
Native Player Team to play neighbouring Native Player Teams.
Touring Teams playing in Hungary (e.g. Crusaders, from Australia, due to play here)
‘Social’ tournaments, e.g. 6-a-side, etc.
Additional teams to previous structures.
National Team in ICC Europe Division 2.
Women’s Team in top 3 in Europe.
National Junior Team.
Touring Teams playing in Hungary
v) Women Players
- Developing a strong base of Women’s cricket has been and continues to be a major goal of Hungarian cricket. Our Women’s Team has already been very active (see the ‘Womens Cricket’ page of www.hungary4cricket.com) and will continue to develop from the strong base already set.
- More than 50 Women and Girls already participate in regular (weekly) cricket in Hungary. We aim for this number to double in the next 12 months, and again the year after that.
- The recent provision of weekly structured trainings for beginner, native and women cricketers has seen impressive skill development in a short space of time for the women who attend. More sessions are planned in the near future.
- A team consisting of 100% women players is planned to enter the potential new Hungarian 3rd division in July 2012.
- Our aim is for our Women’s team to participate in official ICC Europe tournaments next year, and to host supplementary International Women’s tournaments here also.
- We aim for our Women’s Team to be respected as one of the leading European teams within 3-5years.
vi) Native Players
- Expanding the already impressive base of Native Hungarian cricketers is the only way forward. Expatriates will continue to arrive and leave, so the only truly stable base of cricketers can come from those native to this country.
- Since the HCA began, in 2007, there has been a ‘native players only’ team participating in our cricket league.
- Hungary instigated the rule of ‘minimum 2 native players in each matchday 11, minimum 3 in each squad’ rule for the International, Euro Twenty20 competition, which we hosted (and won) in 2011.
- A team consisting of 100% native player beginners is planned to enter the potential new Hungarian 3rd division in July 2012.
- Our T20 Cup in 2012 has a rule of ‘minimum one Native Player in each playing 11’.
- From 2013, all teams in each division in Hungary will be required to have at least one native cricketer in each matchday 11. We aim to steadily increase this minimum requirement as the years progress.
- A ‘National Development Team’ will be developed in 2012, playing against ‘medium level’ touring teams and similar teams from neighbouring countries (e.g. ‘home and away’ fixture already set with Czech Republic Development Team in 2012)
- Perhaps already in 2012, if not then by 2013, we plan to host and attend international matchdays/tournaments whereby each national team will be 100% native players. Serbia appears to be the closest neighbouring country ready for this, in terms of their impressive development of native players.
- The recent provision of weekly structured trainings for beginner, native and women cricketers has seen impressive skill development in a short space of time for the native players who attend. More sessions are planned in the near future.
vii) Junior Players
- See the ‘Coaching’ section for some detail on the Junior cricket coaching already happening.
- See the ‘Junior’ page of www.hungary4cricket.com for details of the indoor and outdoor competitions that have already taken place in the preceding years. (Note that the team winning the 2012 indoor tournament were ALL native Hungarians and ALL girls!)
- A continuation and expansion of the already impressive junior programs is the first aim. This is expected to ‘take care of itself’ due to the continued commitment of the already active coaches.
- Developing new coaches will allow for further progression, as detailed above.
- An ‘International Schools’ (Budapest) competition day is planned for June 2012.
- An outdoor T20 (leather ball, 11-a-side) match is planned between Bekescsaba’s ‘Blue Jays’ and Budapest’s ‘Bat and Ball’ teams in June 2012.
- Last year’s ‘Junior Ten10’ outdoor (leather ball, 11-a-side) tournament will be repeated in September 2012.
- Invitations have been sent to teams in Croatia and Slovenia to visit (or be visited) for competitive matchdays/tournaments in 2012.
- A team consisting of ‘junior players + fathers’ is planned to enter the new Hungarian 3rd division in July 2012.
- For 2013, we plan to firstly have ‘regional’ competitions before teams progress to the main national indoor and outdoor tournaments already in place.
- Possibly by 2013, definitely by 2014, a regular 4-team league of junior cricket is planned.
- Possibly by 2013, definitely by 2014, a ‘National Junior Team’ to host and tour similar teams from neighbouring countries.
viii) Roma Community
- Hungary has a large Roma community and cricket has a strong potential to create and expand links to this community.
- The Hungarian Government is ready to provide financial support to programs that support national aims to ‘reach out’ to this community.
- Talks are already underway with specialists working for NGOs regarding how we can achieve a positive and worthwhile program of cricket in this area.
- Realistically, 2013 appears to be the earliest date for seeing progress with these aims.
ix) National Team
- Since losing every match at the Euro Twenty20 in 2009, the Hungarian National Team has progressed well, winning the same tournament in 2010 and then hosting and retaining the title, undefeated in 2011.
- We see 2012 as the year to consolidate this development and prepare the team for ICC Europe Division 3 competitions in 2013.
- In 2012, a series of ‘friendly’ matches are arranged with strong touring teams from Austria (Vienna CC) and the UK, as well as a ‘home and away’ fixture with a Czech Republic XI. This will be supported by regular National Team structured training/coaching sessions at regular intervals throughout summer, then indoors in winter also.
- The major competitive goal for the National Team in 2012 is to win the ET20 for the 3rd time in succession. This challenge will be increased by travelling to play in Bulgaria.
- The introduction of a ‘National Development Team’ will support the continued growth and strength of the National Team. (Selection criteria for National Development Team: ‘to have potential to be selected for the main Hungarian National Team within 2-5 years).
- National Team and National Development Team will often train together.
- In 2013 we aim to finish no lower than ‘mid table’ in ICC Europe Division 3.
- By 2015 we hope to reach the ICC Europe Division 2.
- By 2018-2020 we hope to reach the ICC Europe Division 1.
x) Beginner => National Team Pathway
=> Attend cricket promotional day/event
=> gain information and attend a formal coaching session
=> have a lot of fun so return for the next session
=> develop technical and match awareness skills via game-based coaching and through cricket matches within the sessions
=> join a ‘beginners’ level team in Division 3, 8-a-side cricket, and/or play ‘cage cricket’ (and keep attending coaching sessions)
=> progress to Division 2 cricket, either by promotion of whole team or by having skills suitable to switch to a Div 2 team.
=> possible selection for National Native or Women’s Team (if native or woman player!)
=> possible selection for National Development Team
=> progress to Division 1 cricket, either by promotion of whole team or by having skills suitable to switch to a Div 1 team.
=> Selection for National Team
- GB Oval, 30km North of Budapest (Test Size, high quality artificial pitch)
- KAC Pitch, Budapest South, 19th district (Football Pitch + running track, play on grass or Flicx-style matting)
- St. George’s Oval, 60km West of Budapest (Small ground, Flicx pitch, for Womens/Native/Junior/Beginner cricket and social tournaments. See www.stgeorgesoval.com
- Dunabogdany, 40km North of Budapest (Small football pitch, available for touring teams, friendlies, social days)
- Godollo, 30km East of Budapest (Large Football Pitch, available if required for league or social fixtures.
- MPI Nets, Central Budapest. 2 lanes, quality nets.
- KAC Nets, Budapest South, 19th district. 3 lanes, construction in progress, completion May 2012.
- Bekescsaba, South Hungary. Construction of nets planned for 2012.
- Several indoor gyms of varying sizes (small to very large) regularly used in winter months.
- Sightscreens, Nets, Turf ‘square’ at GB Oval?
- General improvement of KAC and St George Facilities
- New ground South of Budapest?
- Indoor training facility at KAC?
3) MEDIA AND PROMOTION OF OUR SPORT
i) Promotional days/events/programs
- We will continue to attend major ‘Sports Promotion Days’ that are held regularly in Hungary. Already for 2012 this includes 4x ‘Maraton Sportag Napjak’ (Sport Trying Days), each day generally has close to 10 000 children attend this huge event; the Central European University Sports Day (a few thousand people to attend); Balaton Funside Camp (an afternoon of cricket each week for children attending this popular sports camp near Lake Balaton); more are expected to become available in the months ahead
- Presenting cricket at community days/events (already there have been several in 2012 done by Bat and Ball Junior Cricket Club: e.g. attending a Helen Doron Language School ‘British Day’; providing a series of cricket lessons to all students in Grade 6 at the American School as part of their PE program; providing cricket lessons to all Year 5 and 6 students at Britannica International School, as part of their PE program, etc)
- Each team in the HCA has the requirement that their players attend/provide at least 5 ‘Cricket Service Days’ (i.e. 5 per team). Such days include attending the above promotional events. Failure to do so will result in point deductions in the League.
- Internet, Television, Radio, Newspaper, National Magazines are all formats through which Hungarian cricket has already been promoted and will continue to be promoted.
- Our native players commentate on EuroSport2 for the local telecasts of the World T20, Champions League T20, etc.
- We hope to follow up a new ‘link’ to the Sports Television Channel ‘Sport M’, to record a short piece on cricket in Hungary.
- We will continue to follow any ‘leads’ as and when they come up to use the media to increase the awareness that cricket is active in Hungary.
- Our own website (www.hungary4cricket.com) has gained strong respect from neighbouring countries for its high quality and extensive content. This is supported by the websites of some local clubs (e.g. www.baggyblues.com) and junior clubs (e.g. www.batandballcricket.com)
- A Hungarian cricketer won a national award for his cricket blog in 2011
- Some examples of media releases so far can be found at http://www.hungary4cricket.com/media.html
To achieve the above plans, a part-time (at least) administrator will need to be employed,in addition to a ‘Head Coach’
5) FINANCIAL SUPPORT
-Sponsors, accounting, admin, grants, donations, playing and team fees, ICC funding etc. It is imperative that we receive support in numerous areas, but particularly the training and payment of qualified coaches and facility improvements.