On Thursday 28th February, PCA will welcome 24 county rookies, first year contracted professionals from around the country, to Edgbaston for the 3rd annual Rookie Camp.
The action packed day will consist of introductions to the PCA and several workshops including negotiation skills, safe driving, DrinkiQ safe drinking delivered by Diageo, the new world of social media, anti-doping, anti-corruption, health and well-being, discipline rules and regulations and a past player session where rookies will get the chance to quiz those who have ‘trodden the pathway’ before them.
PCA Chief Executive Angus Porter said, “The day is designed to introduce the rookies to as much as we can within a short time span, in order to equip them to deal with the most important issues of the modern game, both the many positives of being a professional cricketer, the pitfalls that lurk around the corners and the responsibility as roles models they have to uphold on behalf of the game, themselves, their counties and ECB”
This year’s Rookie camp is supported by The Tom Maynard Trust (TMT), which has joined forces with PCA to help support the overall Personal Development Programme, a joint programme with ECB. The Trust’s objects create perfect synergy for the rookie camp and the PDW programme aims, by helping aspiring young sports people achieve their goals and aspirations.
Martyn Ryan, Chairman of the TMT commented “With the Trust still in its infancy, this represents a perfect opportunity to fulfil our role but covering so much valuable ground with these young aspiring professionals”
By partnering with Diageo, the PCA are also delivering a responsible drinking session through their DrinkiQ programme. Rookies will be the first to benefit from the interactive presentation, which will then be rolled out to each county squad over the next 12 months.
Mark Baird, Head of Industry Affairs & Alcohol Policy at Diageo GB, said: “Diageo has a proud history of promoting responsible drinking. Sportsmen and women are role models in our society and the PCA’s efforts to ensure players understand the facts about alcohol should be applauded. The DrinkiQ initiative can only benefit professional cricketers in England and Wales.”