Queensland Cricket (QC) and TAFE Queensland have joined forces to establish the Queensland Cricket Sports Academy, an educational pathway that will provide students with the knowledge and experience necessary to develop a career in sport.
The QC Sports Academy program will see students complete a Diploma of Sport Development and achieve certificates in strength and conditioning, coaching, refereeing and first aid.
Students will also undertake 120 hours of workplace training with clubs, coaches and administrators on top of the required course work, with the program to run for a total of 12-months.
Queensland Cricket Chief Executive Officer, Terry Svenson, said partnering with TAFE on the QC Sports Academy would help provide a strong future for the game by attracting people who are passionate about developing and growing cricket.
“Most people who work in sport and cricket do it because they are following their passions, however the pathway to having a career in this industry is not always that clear.
“The QC Sports Academy will provide that pathway and give students the practical experience and skills required to have a career in cricket coaching, training or administration.
“A key part of Queensland Cricket’s strategic plan is to be an employer of choice.
“By giving students the tools required to have a career in cricket, we will ensure we are recruiting great people to work with us, which in turn will help us build a bright future for our game.
“Thank you to TAFE Queensland for their support and vision in providing this fantastic opportunity,” Mr. Svenson said.
TAFE Queensland General Manager (Brisbane), Dr Paul Wilson, said this unique program has been designed for those seeking a career in cricket and existing workers in the industry looking to upskill.
“Students undertaking the Queensland Cricket Academy program will have the opportunity to work with different professionals across the many facets of the business, including the coaching staff.
“As well as obtaining a Diploma of Sports Development, students will be exposed to the full range of professional roles that work behind-the-scenes with Queensland Cricket.
“Students may choose to pursue a career in one of these supporting roles or use this program as a springboard into further studies in a similar field,” Dr Wilson said.
The program will commence in February 2020.