Coaching appearances from the Australian Cricketers’ Association to support grass roots cricket reached the magical mark of 400 recently.
The milestone has been achieved in just nine months since the inception of the ACA’s Past Player Game and Personal Development Program in December last year, with almost 300 members involved.
Former Tasmanian all-rounder Michael Farrell and emerging Roar quick Janelle Rattenbury delivered appearance #400 at the Junior Roar Academy camp in Launceston – just one of many, similar opportunities that have been staged throughout all Australian States and Territories. The program is supported by Cricket Australia.
The ACA’s Past Player Game and Personal Development Program is our newest initiative, designed to grow the game by drawing on the vast knowledge, skills and enthusiasm of those who've reached the elite level. It also serves to support our past player members in their post-cricket lives.
A key component of the program is providing opportunities for members to coach, mentor and inspire the next generation of cricketers and coaches, with a focus on participation, pathway coaching and coach development.
Manager of the program, former Australian and Vic Spirit opening bowler Clea Smith, said the results of the first few months of operation were encouraging.
“We had confidence in the program because it was based on a solid bank of research and importantly, feedback from ACA members,” she said.
“The fact that we’ve experienced such a huge take up across all aspects of the program is really exciting and to know we’re delivering real and valued benefits to members and the game is terrific.
“The engagement of such a broad cross section of our membership is also encouraging and will hopefully inspire others to get on board as we move into our first full season of the program.”
The funding for the program was negotiated as part of the most recent MOU, with the ACA negotiating a 26% share of Cricket Australia's profits from the upcoming 2015 World Cup to be used exclusively for this initiative. ACA and CA have agreed to allocate these profits to fund the Program from late 2013 until 30 June 2017, to the amount of $1m per year. At this time both organisations will review the success of the Program, with a view to continuing it beyond 2017.
The funding for the Program is a direct contribution from the current male players to the past players, current female players and the development of cricket generally. The current male players would normally be entitled to a set share of the revenue generated by Australian cricket.