Cricket Australia, in conjunction with all States & Territory Associations, will pioneer this exciting initiative, with more than 3,000 people across the country expected to undertake the free courses during the upcoming season.

The initiative will develop coaching skills around Australia, with an emphasis on junior cricket, by making the courses more accessible to parents, volunteers and all budding cricket coaches.

SA Scorpions Head Coach Andrea McCauley believes that removing the barrier of cost will encourage more prospective coaches to get involved.

“It’s a great investment for cricket, providing these courses for free,” said McCauley, who has now spent four years as the Scorpions coach.

“There’s a lot of commentary around women in sport at the moment, however this extends beyond women and girls actually playing the sport. I hope this opportunity will encourage more females to get involved in cricket coaching and maybe even in other volunteer roles at grassroots level.”

This will be a first for cricket, with the Community coaching course normally costing $120 per person.

All courses are run by accredited staff trained by Cricket Australia and the course is accredited by the Australian Sports Commission and endorsed by the International Cricket Council.

The Community coaching course also provides coaches with access to online resources, and will include training on the revised Junior Formats which are currently being introduced around Australia.

To register for a free course, register online at the Cricket Australia Coaching website, complete an online Introduction to Cricket course and select a course in your region.

For a list of upcoming free Community coaching courses, click here.