Know our Coaches: Samuel Charnley
It is said that there is a greater role behind all that transpires, and having joined the Academy as a part-time coach in 2010, Sam almost single-handedly saw the metamorphosis of the ICCA Schools Programme from a pilot project to one which encompasses 15 learning institutions spread all across the UAE.
In doing so, he has been instrumental in introducing the gentleman’s game to hundreds of school children all over the region, giving them an opportunity to pursue the sport in a capacity they may not have previously had access to.
A symbiotic by-product of this development has been the institution of the Sport360 National Schools League, which brings together schools from all over the UAE under various age categories, further proliferating the growth of grassroots cricketing programmes in the Emirates.
Working closely with kids in sport is something Sam has plenty of experience in. Before joining the ICCA in 2010, Sam worked with the GEMS Group of Institutions in the field of physical education and was awarded a Swim Instructors Badge during his time there.
Describing his role at the ICCA as a ‘dream job’, Sam has added many technical skills to his armoury since his arrival. Having completed his ICC Assessor and Presenter and his Level One Coaching Certificate, Sam also has to his name an Australia Cricket Coaching Certificate in Bowling, in addition to extensive Hawkeye and First Aid training.
Having handed over the reigns of the Schools Programme as he prepares to take his Level 3 coaching examinations, Sam now heads the ICCA’s Warriors Programme, through which he hopes to churn out the next generation of world-class cricketers.