Membership Numbers continue to grow
We are well on the way to achieving our membership target set in the ACA strategic plan. Pleasingly, the growth in Past Player memberships has and will continue to see our membership tally soar.
Many past players continue to see the benefit of the money negotiated from the 2015 World Cup through the Past Player Game & Personal Development Program.
Though at this point we still have some outstanding members that have not renewed from last season, and numerous former players that are yet to sign-up as ACA members.
If you know of a former team mate that would benefit from becoming an ACA member or if you require any further information about ACA Membership, please contact Graham Manou at the ACA on (03) 9698 7200 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Member Functions brining the past and present together
Players, past and present, have for another year come together in their respective states for the annual Member Functions help across six separate venues.
This year the Tasmanian Member Function was held during a Roar and Hurricanes double header, where a special cap presentation was made to a large group of past female players.
Many flew in from interstate for the occaision, paying homage the Tasmanian female cricketers past and present.
Sir Viv Richards receives ACA membership
West Indies cricket great Sir Viv Richards was presented with membership to the ACA at the Gabba on Sunday.
The presentation took place prior the Big Bash League match between the Brisbane Heat and Sydney Sixers. The Queensland Manager of the ACA's Past Player Game and Personal Development Program Lee Carseldine officially welcomed Richards into the ACA family.
Having played four Sheffield Shield matches for Queensland during the 1976/77 season, Richards was eligible for ACA membership, which is open to all past and present male and female elite domestic and international cricketers in Australia.
Richard's Queensland cameo came early in his 22-year first-class career and helped build the foundation for a Test and ODI career that saw a mountain of runs scored on Australian soil and around the world.
ACA President Greg Dyer said:
"We're delighted to welcome Sir Viv Richards into the official ranks of the ACA. He remains a luminary throughout the cricket world and his involvement in the Big Bash League helps highlight the importance of active engagement once a cricketer's playing days have come to an end."
The ACA first established its Past Player Membership Category in 2001 and in late 2013 the ACA Past Player Game and Personal Development Program was launched to support past players in their post-cricket lives.