Thame’s Manoj Parmer is relishing the challenge of coaching at national level after being selected to train the Switzerland U13 side.
The Thame Cricket Club coach has been selected by the national authorities for the role and will now be travelling out to Switzerland every few weeks.
It has come as a great surprise to him and he cannot wait for the new challenge.
He said: “I am really excited about it, for me it is a new challenge and that is what I like.
“It is a good opportunity and it is good for the town as I will be able to bring what I learn back to here.”
Parmer will be looking at the project with a long term view and is hoping to develop the children he is coaching.
He said: “I want to bring these 13 year olds up to be playing in the national team.
“I know there isn’t a great cricket base in the country but they will all be at a very high standard.”
Parmer is an established coach in the area and holds special training camps every school holiday to help boost the sport in Thame. He also helps out at Chearsley Cricket Club where he is heavily involved with the junior section. During his playing days Parmer competed in first class cricket in India before moving to the area 11 years ago. He then joined the Thame Club and he still plays in the first team. His next cricket coaching course will be during the Easter holidays and it is already close to being fully booked. The junior coaching will run from April 11 until April 15 and will be available to all abilities.
The older sessions will then take place on April 18 and will last for three days.
Both courses will be held at Lord Williams’s School.