The New Player Induction Camp has long prepared players for the rigours of professional cricket. Key topics and presentations covered this year have included preparing for life away from cricket; how to deal with mental health challenges; financial literacy; resilience and social media.
Due to the travel restrictions in place as result of COVID-19, players dialled into this year's Induction Camp via Microsoft Teams from their respective states. Traditionally held over two days in a capital city, this year's session has been split into two sittings across corresponding Mondays, the first of which was completed this week.
New Players were introduced to Australian national team coaches Justin Langer and Matthew Mott for a presentation on the spirit of cricket and expectations of national programs. Experienced players including Moises Henriques, Elyse Villani, Rachael Haynes and Bobby Quiney passed on their knowledge ranging across topics from Mental Health Literacy to Money Management to reflecting upon their experiences as newly contracted players.
Next week, players will hear from National team captains Tim Paine and Meg Lanning plus workshops on personal brand and authenticity; resilience; career development; respectful relationships; integrity and social media.
ACA General Manager Player Development and Wellbeing Justine Whipper described the New Player Induction Camp as a crucial step to prepare players for the challenges ahead of them.
“Professional cricket can provide players many wonderful opportunities on and off the field and the sessions being offered are aimed at educating and empowering players to make the most of what lays ahead for them,” she said.
“Professional sport has its fair share of challenges and we want players as they enter the system to feel better equipped at handling them and really understand the significant support they have around them to guide them through.”