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Webinars to help members prepare for life after cricket.

The PCA Futures Series launches on Monday 2 November, with the month-long initiative aiming to give PCA members a deep insight into the challenges involved with preparing for life after cricket.

The series of 11 webinars will provide current and former professional cricketers with the knowledge and skills they need to pursue a second career away from the game.

For current players, the focus will be around key early planning stages and developing identity away from the field, whilst recently retired or released players will have the opportunity to take practical action to begin a successful transition.

The launch on 2 November will feature a session with key note speaker Damian Hughes, co-founder of the High Performance Podcast. Hughes will be setting the scene with an insight into the behaviours of high performers both on and off the field.

Other highlights throughout the month will include a session on personal branding with Mark Pougatch of ITV Sport and BT Sport, as well as tailored webinars on building a digital presence on LinkedIn and entering the world of business development with PCA members from a variety of industries reflecting on their experiences.

The Futures Series takes place in the absence of the PCA’s annual Futures Conference, a two-day event which is usually based at St George’s Park, Burton-upon-Trent, however the recurring Futures Week will still go ahead and shine a light on the area of personal development and career transition.

It forms part of the PCA’s Personal Development and Welfare Programme (PDWP), a player-centred programme that supports players through key transitions in their lives, facilitates learning and personal development, helps players to maximise their potential as cricketers and prepares them for life after cricket.

PCA Director of Development and Welfare Ian Thomas said: “The average career in professional cricket comes to an end at the age of 26, so preparing professional cricketers for life after cricket has always been a key part of what we do here at the PCA.

“In a year when the job market is shrinking and the need for a second skillset has never been more apparent, we’re delighted to reaffirm our commitment to assisting players through career transition in the form of the Futures Series.”

For more information and to book a place on the PCA Futures Series, contact your regional Personal Development Manager (PDM).

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