Cricket Australia, Cricket NSW and Cricket ACT have combined together in an exciting new partnership that will align resources to provide a better talent pathway for talented youngsters coming through the system.
The new combined approach will see more opportunities, coaching and competition for cricketers within the ACT and New South Wales, with the aim of continuing to be the number one producer of talent in Australia.
The program will create a number of new initiatives that will see more opportunities for both male and female players coming through the system. These will include :
Exposing players with First class potential to national carnivals
This will result in 2 sides competing from NSW and the ACT at future Cricket Australia National Carnivals. These will be called NSW Metropolitan and ACT/NSW Country.
Introduction of State championships from Under 13 to Under 19 for both males and females
This will see two sides selected from NSW and the ACT to compete at the Male U17 and U19 State Championships and two sides for the female U15 and U18 National Championships.
Expansion of Academy program to include more players and more coaches
This will see additional funding provided to allow talent development opportunities to begin at an earlier age, with more players to be involved in squad coaching. In addition High Performance staff from Cricket NSW and Cricket ACT will act as ‘One Team’.
Introduction of Overage Academy to support the next generation of State cricketers
Here an elite group of up to 20 players that have been identified to have the potential to play First Class cricket will take part in a High Performance Program.
Providing a clearer pathway for the development of coaches and umpires
Developing coaches and umpires will be identified and nurtured through an advanced program to prepare them for entry into First Class cricket.
Cricket NSW CEO Andrew Jones is excited about the opportunities the new partnership will bring:
“The opportunity to embark on this new partnership with Cricket Australia and Cricket ACT is an exciting one and will help align resources and programs with the ambition of providing the number one talent pathway in the country. The partnership will offer more competition and coaching for talented young male and female cricketers and allow Cricket NSW and Cricket ACT to act as ‘one team’ going forward. By exposing more players to national carnivals and expanding our programs to include more coaches and umpires, we will provide a much clearer pathway to national selection.”
Cricket ACT Chairman Ian McNamee said, “This new talent pathway will give male and female cricketers from Canberra and the region the opportunity to fulfil their dreams of being the next Nathan Lyon, Brad Haddin, Kris Britt or Alex Blackwell, in having an opportunity to show the national selectors their ability at the national pathway competition. Young players know they will be testing themselves against the best players from ACT/NSW Country and then at national level.”
McNamee added, “The Canberra hub servicing the local ACT and regional southern NSW cricket communities, allied to the zone academies, will give female and male regional players unprecedented access to the best coaching, training and facilities closer to home base. No longer will distance stop talented youngsters from being discovered.”
Commenting on the announcement, Cricket Australia Executive General Manager of Game & Market Development Andrew Ingleton said the move was another important step in strengthening the game throughout the region.
“Today’s announcement is really a natural extension of our game development integration in southern New South Wales and the greater ACT region which is designed to strengthen cricket at the grassroots level. We are very supportive of this increased investment in coach and talented player development. The move should be applauded.”