Updated tips on how to keep your mind fresh during an unprecedented period of social distancing.

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Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, professional cricketers, like the rest of society, are facing unprecedented times with many already forced into self-isolation.

Disruption to training and every day duties is inevitable so to ease the burden on your mental wellbeing, the PCA has continued to update a guide full of suggestions to keep your mind active and to make use of your time away from usual activities.

This guide is frequently updated with new suggestions for you so please keep checking back as we add activities and topics of interest for you.


  • NEW – The Talent Equation Podcast
  • NEW – Mark Bell’s Power Project
  • NEW – Meaningful Money Podcast
  • NEW – The Property Podcast
  • Casefile
  • The Catch & Kill
  • I had trials once
  • No Balls – the Cricket podcast
  • Beast of Man
  • S-Town
  • Peter Crouch Podcast
  • Happy Place
  • ESPN 30 for 30
  • Feel Better, Live More
  • Opening Up Cricket Podcast
  • Grade Cricketer
  • Tailenders
  • PCA Transition Podcast

Recommended Reading

  • NEW – Gold Dust: How to become a more effective coach quickly – David and Keith Mayer
  • NEW – Talent Code – Daniel Coyle
  • NEW – Gold Mine Effect – Rasmus Ankerson
  • NEW – Game Sense: Pedagogy for Performance, Participation and Enjoyment – Richard Light
  • NEW – The Talent Equation Website 
  • The Economist
  • The Players Tribune
  • Athletes voice
  • Penguin – Best reads for 2020 guide
  • Emotional Capitalists – Martyn Newman
  • Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
  • Back from the Edge – Luke Sutton
  • Double Crossed – Brian Wood
  • Nudge, Improving decisions about health, wealth and happiness – Richard Thaler
  • Leaders eat last – Simon Sinek
  • On Form – Mike Brearley
  • Mindset – Carol Dweck
  • Rebel ideas – Matthew Syed
  • Shoe dog – Phil Knight
  • The 100X leader – Jeremie Kubicek & Steve Cockram

Career Guidance

  • PCA Future Careers Manual – log-in to your member area of the website and view the ‘Career Development’ page to download.
    • CV Development:  Pages 78-81 – Is this a good time to start developing your CV? All players should have an up to date CV and there is a section of the career booklet that is dedicated to that task.
    • Networking & LinkedIn: Pages 66-69 – Your PDM has details of live LinkedIn webinars happening across the next few weeks. Get yourself up and running on LinkedIn using the information in the Future Careers Manual and build upon that with the experts on free webinars.
  • Starting a business handbook

If you have any recommendations or suggestions to add to this guide please speak to your Personal Development Manager or email communications@thepca.co.uk.