Current and former players benefit from OSTC taster day.

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Eight PCA members recently attended an OSTC trading taster day put on by the Association as part of its wide-reaching Personal Development and Welfare Programme (PDWP).

The experience, organised by PCA regional Personal Development Manager Martin Cropper, saw each of Ruaidhri Smith, Kieran Bull, Joe Cooke (all of Glamorgan), Ryan Higgins (Gloucestershire), Alex Milton, Ollie Westbury (both of Worcestershire), Matt Lamb (Warwickshire) and Lamb’s county coach Tony Frost in attendance at OSTC’s Swansea trading centre on 4 December.

The group received an overview of the history of the global proprietary trading company, before being given some key insights and strategies of how to trade and going on to sample some live trading on the same software used by OSTC traders themselves.

On top of that, the eight PCA members were introduced to – and given an overview of – Zishi, the educational arm of the company which provides both existing and aspiring traders with the tools they need to succeed in the industry.

Gloucestershire man and 2019 NatWest PCA Players’ Player of the Year nominee Ryan Higgins, 24, said:

“The OSTC trading taster day was one of the best I’ve been on. I really enjoyed the interactive trading task which was a great opportunity to see how it’s done first-hand. It’s made me think about a potential education and career path that I hadn’t previously considered.”

Glamorgan bowler and PCA rep Ruaidhri Smith added:

“I’ve been exploring options in financial services as a route for a post-cricket career and after this taster session I can see trading as a real option. Getting insight on the market and having a go at trading myself has shown how the profession fits with my skills and areas of interest.”

The PCA’s PDWP aims to improve players’ performance on the pitch by minimising distractions off it, as well as better preparing them for life after retirement. Since 2012, the PCA has helped 238 of its members into a second career.

Find out more about the PCA’s Personal Development and Welfare Programme.