Toyana inspired by English experience


Highveld Lions coach Geoff Toyana feels there is a lot Cricket South Africa (CSA) can learn from the way the domestic game is structured in England.

Toyana was one of three South African coaches who travelled to England recently to gain insight into coaching and other related activities in another major cricket-playing country.

The Lions coach was accompanied by Shane Burger of KZN Inland, CSA’s semi-professional coach of the year, and Keenan Bowers of St. Augustine Cricket Club in Cape Town who was named CSA Hub coach of the year.

Toyana commented: “I was particularly interested to listen to Stephen Elworthy of the ECB outlining the cricket structures there and how their promotion and relegation systems work.

“This was particularly relevant with regard to the discussions we are currently having about restructuring our own cricket.

“The biggest plus for me, though, was going to Loughborough and seeing the facilities they have available there. I was also highly encouraged by the fact that our own facilities are right up there among the best in the world.”

Shane Burger commented: “I really found the trip beneficial because as a group within the CSA structure we managed to spend quality time together and chat about cricket, ideas and structures a lot.

“Loughborough was a first for me personally and I was amazed at what a fantastic facility it was. A really wonderful initiative from CSA and PitchVision and one that I hope continues. It is a great motivator for all coaches.”

Corrie van Zyl, CSA General Manager for Cricket, commented: “It is important that we continue to create opportunities for our current and future generation of coaches to interact with world leaders. As we all know there is no substitute for experience and our coaches, who have enjoyed this opportunity, must now share their experience with our other coaches.

“South Africa has proved itself to be a world leader in the development of coaches with several of them having coached at international and first-class level abroad and this is a vital part of our overall pipeline development programmes.

“I would also like to thank PitchVision for their sponsorship and the ECB for being such welcoming hosts.”