Personal Development and Welfare Programme (PDWP)
Enable individuals to excel and develop sustainable performance within and outside cricket
The following provides an overview of the Personal Development and Welfare Programme (PDWP) and outlines the guidance, support and advice this programme provides to academy and professional players throughout the different stages of their careers.
WHY IS PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT AND WELFARE IMPORTANT?
It is crucial that an elite cricketer is able to manage the competing demands in their life both on and off the pitch so that they can perform at the highest level possible. In order to succeed within a high performance environment, players have to fit many aspects of their lives into and around their training and competitive programme. When striving for cricketing excellence it is often easy for players to miss the bigger picture and ignore some of the fundamental aspects in their everyday life that need to remain intact.
THE AIMS OF PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT AND WELFARE PROGRAMME WITHIN CRICKET
The Personal Development and Welfare Programme (PDWP) is a personalised support service which recognises that cricket is likely to be the main focus in a player’s life. Trained Personal Development Managers provide players with guidance on how to maximise their cricketing focus whilst also fulfilling their other important commitments such as education, career, family and friendships. The aim of the PDM’s is to work closely with cricketers, coaches and support staff as part of an integrated team so as to minimise potential concerns, conflicts and distractions, all of which can be detrimental to a player’s performance, and at worst, may end a career prematurely.
The Personal Development and Welfare Programme has 7 areas of support:
1. DUAL ASPIRATIONS
Educational Support: Making the right educational choices to fit into cricketing demands and develop parallel careers, professional, vocational and academic courses, flexible learning routes and funding options, gaining flexibility in an existing study programme by liaising with school/ colleges and course providers.
Career Development: Exploration of Career Options, Identification of Training & Development Needs,Prioritizing Personal Skills & Values, Career Match Verbal/Computer Support, Support to accessing Structured Work Placements, CV Development & Writing Skills, Job Searching and Applications and Interview & Presentation Techniques.
2. ELITE PLAYER AND ENVIRONMENT PREPARATION
Understanding the Reality & Business of Professional/Elite Cricket, Preparing for touring & travel, The Culture of Cricket: Alcohol/Lifestyle Awareness, Impression & Image Management as an Academy & Professional Cricketer, Recreational, Performance Enhancing & General Awareness of Drugs/Gambling in Cricket, The Club, Rules and Regulations of the Game, Leadership & decision making, Social responsibility
3. INTERPERSONAL SKILL DEVELOPMENT
Public Speaking, Effective Networking, Negotiation Skills, Managing Relationships, Dealing with Agents, Assertiveness & Managing Difficult situations/Confrontation, Communication Skills, Media Training.
4. EXPERIENTAL LEARNING
Community Projects, Interactive experiences, Problem Solving and Decision Making, Increased Accountability & Personal Responsibility, The Importance & Value of Perspective, Lifestyles of other Professionals (incl- Sportsmen & Women)
5. SELF AWARENESS AND MANAGEMENT
Psychometric development tools (MBTi), Sponsorship & Promotion, Financial Planning & Budgeting, Time Management - Relieving Boredom (winter), Personal Organisation, Nutritional Cooking/Preparation, Practical planning for Retirement
6. PERSONAL WELFARE AND WELLBEING
Understanding, knowing & using your Support Staff, Supporting the Cricketer – guidance for Parents’/significant others. Access to help with Complex Issues including Addictions: Smoking, Gambling, Alcohol, Drugs
7. TRANSITIONAL SUPPORT
Education and timely support using referral network to help players anticipate, support & deal with/manage change: Typical transitions in sport during movement through England Cricket Pathways include injury, moving county, contracts, and personal changes: marriage, children etc.
GET IN TOUCH
If you would like to discuss the Personal Development and Welfare Programme in any more detail contact your regional Personal Development Manager. Details can be found here...