Coach Boyd Enjoying Falkland
When he was coaching cricket in Chile a few years back Stephen Boyd may not have imagined he would be doing the same in Fife come 2016, but he is enjoying life at Falkland.
The 33-year-old from Northumberland has been in Scotland a few months now and has been keeping busy in his roles as Live Active Leisure’s development officer in Perth and Kinross and player/coach of CSL Eastern Premiership outfit Falkland.
Stephen, who played for England at age-grade level, got into coaching at quite an early age.
From 21 he started coaching sides at various different levels and his passion for it has grown steadily.
“Coaching opens up a lot of doors and I have been able to coach in places like New Zealand and Chile,” Stephen said.
“When you first start out you are never sure how far you will go with it, but I soon found out that I really enjoyed the process of making people become better cricketers and that I was also probably better at doing that than I am as a player.
“As you move up the coaching levels it can sometimes be hard to balance it with other work and parts of your life, but I think I do quite well in that respect and my experiences have taught me a lot.
“I think the wide range of coaching I have done – with beginners, youngsters, disabled cricketers, abroad, representative sides – has shown me that different cricketers respond to different things and hopefully it has made me a better coach.
“A few months ago I met the Falkland chairman and club captain and we discussed some ideas about cricket and we seemed to be on the same page.
“We then chatted for a few weeks and since I have moved up here I have been enjoying working with the players at the club.
“I think some of the senior guys just need a bit of coaching to help them have a bit more belief in their abilities because I think the first XI are a solid CSL Eastern Premiership outfit.
“There is also a lot of good, young local talent coming through at the minute and the standard in the nets has impressed me.
“I am just trying to give them a bit more structure to their cricket and I see a real drive to keep Falkland as a thriving Scottish cricket club.”