Premier Cricket is well underway around the country and there are plenty of past and present ACA Members who are making a big impact in this critical pathway.
The 2018-19 season is the fourth year the program has been running and now sees 180 ACA Members engaged across 101 different Premier Cricket Clubs across the country.
After expanding to include additional funding for Premier Clubs with first XI Female teams in 2017-18, the program has further increased in 2018-19.
This year sees an additional first XI female team, eight ACT Premier Clubs and a Northern Tasmanian team, now eligible in this year’s Premier Cricket Program.
The ACA Premier Cricket Program is a vehicle for past players to share their knowledge and valuable experience to help strengthen Premier Cricket and narrow the gap between this level and State and International Cricket.
This year’s program sees 137 Male and 43 Female past playing ACA Members in coaching, playing and mentoring roles across the country.
Of the 180 Members involved in the program, 77 Members are in playing / mentoring roles, while another 103 Members are in coaching roles.
The program will again inject over $1 million into Premier Cricket in 2018-19, taking the total investment into Premier Cricket by the ACA and the players to well over $4 million since the program began in the 2015-16 season.
Below is a selection of the positive Member experiences regarding the influence that the program has had on them and Premier Cricket in general.
“The ACA Premier Cricket Programhas allowed me to spend more time with our younger players coming into senior cricket. I have loved training with the young guns and seeing them improve in the middle.” Michael Cranmer - East Torrens District Cricket Club SA
“I think after coming through the Victorian program, my influence has been greater than I first recognised. The skill set I have been able to show and share with the juniors has been the most rewarding and great for club development.”Cassie Brock – Box Hill Cricket Club
“This is probably one of the best development programs I’ve seen since we’ve been involved with cricket through the international players and the ACA making these funds available. Extremely important for the development of clubs and players.” Corey Richards – University of NSW Cricket Club
“I’ve been really proud of the positive impact the ACA Premier Cricket Program has had so far. Premier Cricket is such an important pathway. There have been many positive stories and having so many members involved has been really pleasing to see. As coach of the Camberwell Magpies up until this season, I saw firsthand the enormous impact that someone with the experience of Jamie Cox can have on a young playing group.” Brendan Drew – General Member Cricket Operations and Player Relations