The 2019 New Player Induction Camp and ACA Delegates Conferences concluded yesterday, after 31 New Players and 26 ACA Delegates underwent two days on presentations and workshops in Melbourne.
The New Player Induction Camp has long been in place for players to prepare for the rigours of professional cricket, with presentations ranging from preparing for life away from cricket, how to deal with mental health challenges, a theatre sports issues management workshop, resilience and social media.
Players also undertook mandated education sessions from Cricket Australia, who co-deliver the Personal Development and Wellbeing program that all players can access.
The ACA Delegates Conference was an opportunity to bring senior players from around the country, to discuss some of the common issues facing the game.
Held together for the first time, the camp provided numerous opportunities for Delegates and new players to mingle, and discuss some of the issues facing each of the groups, at different stages of careers.
ACA National Manager Personal Development and Wellbeing Justine Whipper
ACA National Manager Personal Development and Wellbeing Justine Whipper was pleased by the opportunity to hold the two camps concurrently.
"The biggest advantage of holding the New Player Camp and Delegates together is the integration we had between the two [groups],” Whipper said.
"We have some great leaders across the states and there is such an opportunity for these young players to learn from people both within their state, and from outside their state as well.
"So, the incidental opportunities over morning tea and lunch for them to chat and hear different perspectives is a massive advantage for having the two camps run together."
Whipper said the New Player Camp was another success.
“The aim of the New Player Camp is to equip players with the skills and the knowledge to navigate their way through the environment of [professional cricket].
"It has been a really good two days, we have had a diverse range of presenters, which meant we were able to change the energy throughout the camp,” Whipper said.
“We were able to keep players engaged, listening and learning throughout the two days, which is a positive.
"There are so many opportunities that come with being an elite cricketer, but there is also challenges as well.
"We wanted to make sure that players are well equipped to handle whatever comes at them,” Whipper concluded.