The next generations of players and coaches across Queensland will be bolstered by the initiative, which will help reduce costs for volunteers. More than 3,000 people across the country are expected to undertake the free Community (Level 1) coaching courses during the 2017-18 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. This will be a first for cricket with the Community coaching course previously costing $120 per person. Cricket Australia’s Head of Junior Cricket, Belinda Clark, said: “Grassroots cricket is the lifeblood of cricket in Australia, and we are committed to investing accordingly at this level of the game,” Clark said.

“To be able to offer the Community coaching course free of charge across the country is a significant part of this commitment. We hope this initiative encourages more Australians to get involved in coaching.

“We want all Australian cricket participants to have an enjoyable and safe experience, and ensuring our grassroots coaches have the training and resources to be able to provide this is important.

“Australian cricket clubs rely on their volunteers - and their coaches - to devote their time to the game. It’s where all our current male and female cricketers have developed their skills. It’s vitally important for us to support these volunteers making the game happen at all levels of competition, to help drive participation in our great game and produce future Australian stars in the years to come.”

All courses in Queensland will be run by accredited staff from Queensland Cricket and Cricket Australia. 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 free online resources, and will include training on the revised Junior Formats which are currently being introduced around Australia.

All courses are run by accredited staff trained by Cricket Australia. 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.

People can register for the free course by signing up online at the Cricket Australia Coaching website, completing an online Introduction to Cricket course and selecting a course in their region.

For more information, visit community.cricket.com.au/coach.