Australia's current cricketers will continue to give back to grassroots cricket with the expansion of the Premier Cricket Program for season 2017-18. The success of the program over the last two seasons and the growth of female cricket has prompted the ACA to expand the Premier Cricket Program to incorporate women's Premier Cricket for the first time; taking the current male players investment into this vital pathway up to $1.5 million.
The program will maintain the objectives of supporting ACA members in playing and coaching roles to help improve the quality of the Premier Cricket pathway and help narrow the gap between this level of competition and high performance cricket.
Over the first two seasons of the program, 143 ACA Members have engaged to assist with growing and developing male Premier Cricket around the country. 88% of clubs involved have declared that the initiative has had a positive impact on this vital pathway and increased the quality of the coaching calibre in their club.
ACA Manager of Male Operations and Membership Brendan Drew was pleased that the program would again give opportunities to ACA members, as well as a boost to grassroots cricket.
"The Premier Cricket Program has been a great success over the past two seasons. We are thrilled to expand this program into female Premier Cricket and provide more opportunities for our members to engage and impact this vital cricket pathway," Drew said.
"This $1.5 million investment is a further testament to the current players' commitment to developing cricket at all levels."
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