Kirchner loves the game
WHEN you talk to Len Kirchner his enthusiasm for the game of cricket is obvious.
He lives it, breathes it, and is involved in it as much as he can.
And now he wants to share it with his new home here in Bundaberg by building up the talent and skills of the juniors in the area.
For the past five months Kirchner has been the coach of Brothers as he controls the under 12, 14, and 16 teams in the Bundaberg competition.
If that isn't enough the born and bred South African is also the coach of the division one and division two Brothers outfits.
Talking to the NewsMail Kirchner said the job was demanding but he wouldn't have it any other way.
"I enjoy the challenge and it is good to coach both juniors and seniors," he said.
"There is also a difference as I teach the juniors skills and focus on man-managing the seniors."
Being in the area and seeing the talent on offer, Kirchner is full of praise for the system our juniors go through to become stars of the game.
"Australia has better pathways and resources than South Africa," he said.
"The programs like in2cricket and the blast are a great platform for young talent."
Despite the positives Kirchner does have a couple of issues he would like to solve in the area.
"Bundaberg juniors play cricket at 10 or 11 years of age which doesn't happen in South Africa," he said.
"We'd like to see them start to develop skills at six or seven years of age to see them progress further by the time they are ready to compete."
He also believes schools and clubs need to link together better.
"All sport is not driven through school anymore which is disappointing," he said.
"We only see 12-15 students here play in2cricket from school and that needs to improve."
Kirchner now wants to open up an academy and help Bundaberg create new champions like Don Tallon and Peter Drinnen.
"I believe in hard work and putting in the hard yards to succeed," he said.
"It would be lovely to develop juniors who represent our region at the highest level."