We look out for players throughout their active careers and long afterwards, funding life-changing medical assistance, crisis helplines and educational programmes in England and Wales.
Personal Development & Wellbeing Support
The Professional Cricketers’ Trust works closely with the PCA’s team of six-strong Personal Development and Welfare Managers (PDMs) help players throughout their careers while preparing them for life after cricket through their holistic work.
They recognise that cricket is likely to be the focus of the players’ lives, and so provide guidance on how to maximise their cricketing focus, whilst also fulfilling other areas of their life such as education and career.
The aim of the PDMs is to work closely with cricketers, coaches and support staff as part of an integrated team 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.
Recent funding from the Professional Cricketers’ Trust has ensured all county players have received education workshops on the risks of gambling and driving unsafely since the start of 2017. Also, all first-class academies, including the Senior England Women’s Academy have been educated on understanding their mental health through playing professional support thanks to the Trust after teaming up with mental health charity, Mind in 2018.
The Professional Cricketers’ Trust provides specialist equipment for those in need, including specially adapted vehicles for members who have suffered life changing accidents away from cricket.
Emergency operations have also been funded including remedial physiotherapy. As part of the PCA’s commitment to raising mental health issues through the Mind Matters initiative, a Confidential Helpline is funded by the Professional Cricketers’ Trust which has directly helped hundreds of members since its inception in 2005.
The PCA runs a free Confidential Helpline which is funded by the Professional Cricketers’ Trust and is available to all PCA members when they need it most by calling 08448006873.
Launched in 2005, the helpline is used by past and present professional cricketers in England Wales who would like to talk to a professional counsellor and therapist in absolute confidence. If a PCA member is struggling with a personal problem such as drink, drugs, gambling, dependency, bereavement, depression anything that may be affect their life, help is a phone call away.
The helpline is free and confidential with experienced counsellors who understand the pressure of the profession. But it does not need be the first call…
No matter what age, any member is welcome to speak to any PCA employee who can put help in touch straight away. If a member is in severe danger help will be with them within hours. We encourage members not to delay a phone call, there is no such thing as a time waster with this service.
The Mind Matters tutorials were launched in 2012 with the aim to educate PCA members about various effects and consequences on mental health through everyday stresses.
Funded by the Professional Cricketers’ Trust, the tutorials aim to help members recognise the circumstances that could lead to a problem with substances, gambling or alcohol. Learning the warning signs of anxiety and depression in oneself or others, and how to access help and manage the problem.
This campaign was launched on the back of the successful Confidential Helpline, and continues to be an important resource for past and present professional cricketers.
Stress Free App
Originally launched in 2014, the mobile application has been developed and created with the support of UK psychologists and psychiatrists as a proactive resource to aid health and wellbeing of PCA members to help deal with every day stresses of life on and off the pitch. Relaunched in 2017, the app focuses on three main areas - prevention, detection and treatment. It is available to all PCA members and is clinically proven to help manage stress and mental health using simple, accessible, everyday tools.
Who We've Helped
“The Professional Cricketers’ Trust have been brilliant and the financial support we have received has been life changing”
Former Glamorgan and Sussex all-rounder Keith Newell has received support for his daughter Jessica who has a life-limiting condition, Mitochondrial Disease.
“I contacted the Professional Cricketers’ Trust on a pretty dark day and I got a hand to pull me out. To be back here playing again, that wouldn’t have been possible without the Trust.”
Gloucestershire wicketkeeper Gareth Roderick and his fiancé Lisa have received bereavement counselling and continue to be supported by the Professional Cricketers’ Trust.
After the loss of his son, Tom, the former England batsman Matthew Maynard turned to the PCA to help him through the ordeal. Matt and his family received counselling and still seek specialist support whenever they need it.
The former Kent and Derbyshire fast bowler sought the help of the PCA after a failed suicide attempt in 2016. After a phone call to the PCA, Cusden had received funding from the Professional Cricketers’ Trust for rehabilitation within 20 minutes of the call. Cusden has thanked the Professional Cricketers’ Trust for saving his life.
Suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, Brian Rose lost all confidence when he fell and knocked out teeth – making it hard for him to speak in team meetings and in public. The Professional Cricketers’ Trust paid for his dental implant surgery, restoring that lost confidence, allowing him to live his life as normal.
After the breakup of a long-term relationship, Wayne Law received help from the Professional Cricketers’ Trust twice to get him through at his lowest ebb. Receiving financial payments in 2014 to get his life back on track, Law contemplated suicide in 2016 after a painkiller addiction. The Trust paid for his rehabilitation at the Priory in Bristol.
After becoming paralysed from the chest down, Winston Davis was told he would never walk again. The former fast-bowler received a fund from the PCA Professional Cricketers’ Trust that paid for a specially adapted motor vehicle which allows him to stay mobile.
A player who was at the inaugural PCA meeting in 1967, the former Lancashire captain needed the help of the operation he helped establish. After falling in the shower, a long NHS waiting list for hip surgery forced the Professional Cricketers’ Trust to step in, and fund a private operation to relieve the pain.
Despite only playing four first-class games, former Notts batsman, Joshue Mierkalns still received the help of the Professional Cricketers’ Trust after a life-threatening intestinal illness. The fund provided support until he was fit enough to return to work.
The former Yorkshire player suffered a life-changing broken neck in 1998 that left him paralysed from the neck down. The Professional Cricketers’ Trust provided him with a specially adapted vehicle that has allowed him greater freedom, with his carers able to get him around easier.
The Professional Cricketers' Trust.
- Andrew Flintoff
- Geoff Davies
- David Ford
- David Leatherdale
- Ian Thomas
- Marcus Trescothick
- David Ford
- David Graveney OBE
Registered Charity Number: 1120088