Personal Development is the conscious pursuit of personal growth by expanding self-awareness and knowledge, as well as improving personal skills.
What is Personal Development?
Every registered professional player has the opportunity to construct a written Personal Development Plan (PDP) in consultation with their regional PDM.
Since 2015, the PCA has helped 244 of its members to transition into a different career.
Course options and funding
Our team of PDMs offers comprehensive advice on everything from short courses to full-time degrees, and you can get in touch with your regional PDM to speak about preferred course providers and find out more about funding options.
The PCA funds 50% of individual personal development courses up to a maximum of £1,500 (e.g. a £3,000 course qualified for a reimbursement of £1,500).
The PCA also runs taster courses which give players the chance to develop new transferable skills or to enhance existing ones. In addition, the Professional Players Federation (PPF) provides information on free online courses, which you can access here.
- Level 2: Fully supported on successful completion of course.
- Advanced course: £1,500 fully funded on successfully completion.
- Specialist course: A contribution of £1,500 per year against a cost of £5,400 (inc VAT), equalling £3,000 over two years.
Careers coaching and guidance
The PCA Future Careers Manual is the definitive guide for professional cricketers seeking new direction or development of a dual career. Containing information on everything from increasing self-awareness to finding work, the manual supports individuals in research and assessment of which career areas and specific roles are best suited to their interests, needs and circumstances. PCA members can log-in and view the manual by clicking below.
Our PDMs also provide training services to help players brush up on skills that could help them further their careers off the pitch, including interview techniques, CV advice and how to find the job that suits them.
The PCA holds an annual Rookie Camp every February which brings together players who have recently signed their first professional cricket contract.
The day-long initiative is hosted by the PCA and supported by the Tom Maynard Trust and the tenth annual event in 2020 saw a record 52 professional players attend from 18 counties, including representatives from England women.
Rookie Camp educates players on transitioning into the professional game and highlights the support and guidance the PCA offers cricketers throughout and after their professional career.
Several workshops run throughout the day to discuss the highs as well as potential pitfalls and dilemmas cricketers will face during their careers. Anti-corruption, legal support, social media training, gambling addictions and Q&As with former England cricketers are some of the sessions the rookies will experience on their induction to the PCA and professional cricket.Play Video
The PCA rewards our most proactive members for significant personal development with a financial reward that can be used to cover costs of their progression towards a second career.
The awards are judged on a number of criteria, such as courses undertaken, qualifications earned and work placements undertaken.
In 2021, for the very first time, the PCA partnered with Lodders Solicitors to enhance the Futures Awards process, with applicants travelling to the law firm’s Cheltenham head office to present their personal development to the judging panel, which consisted of both PCA and Lodders staff.
There were three different categories of winners with Leicestershire’s Abi Sakande picking up the Overall prize in 2021. Glamorgan’s Joe Cooke scooped the Newcomer award, whilst former Northamptonshire man Vishal Tripathi was named the Past Player winner. In addition, Tammy Beaumont, Phoebe Graham and Ollie Westbury shared a comprehensive IT package from our partners Lucidica after making it to the final stage.
The PCA provides comprehensive support throughout a players’ career and none more so than transitioning into a career beyond the cricket field.
The PCA Futures Conference takes place every November to supplement the work that the PCA’s six-strong team of Personal Development and Welfare Managers do in preparing players for a career after cricket throughout their playing days.
From 2020, the PCA has also launched the month-long Futures Series, with the inaugural edition in November 2020 consisting of 11 webinars on everything from building a personal brand to financial advice.