Induction Camp a success for new players

02 Aug 2016


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The 11th New Player Induction Camp wrapped up in Brisbane last week, providing 35 new state-contracted players an insight in to the life of a professional player. 

Running over two days at the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane, the program was facilitated by ACA and CA staff, as well as numerous guest presenters.

Ben Smith, the ACA's National Manager Professional Development & Wellbeing, said that it was a fantastic and necessary two days for the players.

"We get the newly contracted players in to have a conversation about the opportunity that is ahead of them, and the things to be aware of to maximize those opportunities."

Smith said the camp was designed to highlight "the challenges they are going to be presented with, the services that are available to them and to hear from people who have been there before them."

"It also is an opportunity for past players to come in and discuss what did and didn't work for them in their playing careers."

Issues discussed throughout the camp included gambling, social media use, decision making, mental health and the players obligations under the WADA code.

Western Australia's Matt Kelly was particularly impressed with the talk around mental health from former AFL star Heath Black.

"Something that really hit me was Heath's talk yesterday," Kelly said.

"The issues that he has been through and how he was able to bounce back from a number of mental issues; that was something that the boys and I found really helpful."

Kelly also praised Ryan Harris' contribution to the camp, citing how valuable it was to have past players involved in the program.

"When you get past players coming in and sharing their experiences, because it relates to cricket, it really helps for when we want to look into the future and how we are going to get there."

The Etiquette Dinner with expert Anna Musson was a highlight for a number of the new players which provided valuable insight in to networking in a corporate-social environment

"Etiquette training provides an opportunity to make sure that players, when they are representing their organization, are putting their best foot forward not only for themselves, but for their organisation as well."

The camp was attended by players from all states, including current NPS squad members based at the NCC in Queensland.