WIPA’s Player Development Programme (PDP) is a personalised support service that recognizes the need for players to actively work toward personal development. The programme therefore aims to assist our members to manage the competing demands of life on and off the pitch; that is, maximising their cricketing career, whilst also fulfilling other important commitments including personal health and well-being, family life, education, and preparing for life after cricket.
The Player Development Programme is divided into three (3) key areas:
- Cricket Career Enhancement :: The goal here is to guide and monitor players towards professionalism. In this module, WIPA educates players about the expectations of a professional cricketer, the business of cricket, handling contracts, dealing with support staff, anti-corruption, anti-doping, leadership etc. Additionally, we will provide technical cricket support where necessary.
- Dual Transitions & Aspirations :: This module aims to provide educational support for players and assist with transitioning from professional cricket. WIPA has established partnerships with educational institutions across the Caribbean through Memorandums of Understanding with The University of The West Indies Open Campus, the GC Foster College and Quality Academics in Jamaica; the Dominica State College in Dominica; and the St Vincent and the Grenadines Community College in St Vincent. Opportunities range from CXC/CSEC/GCE O’Levels to certificate courses, vocational and skills training, Diplomas, Associate Degrees, Bachelor’s Degrees and Master’s Degrees in a wide range of areas. Further, programmes are tailored to a player’s schedule and financial support is provided by WIPA.
- Lifestyle Support :: This area speaks to the overall well-being of players. WIPA aims to assist players in developing leadership skills, and in creating and maintaining a balance emotionally, psychologically and physically.
Over the last three years, WIPA enacted the Player Development Programme largely through the Player Development Workshop (PDW) initiative. However, on March 6, 2018, WIPA launched additional initiative that will see each member being assigned to a Player Development Manager (PDM), who will individually meet with players to construct a plan that will assist each player in accomplishing their goals on and off the cricket field. The PDM will be in constant communication with players, working closely alongside them to assist in whatever way necessary.
The PDP through the PDMs will assist in areas such as mentorship, counselling, pursuing higher education, remedial coaching, physiotherapy, etc. and will take the form of both personal one-on-one interaction as well as group and workshop sessions. We will additionally help to provide the facilities and personnel necessary to accomplish these goals, including financial assistance, access to gym facilities, trainers, coaches, mentors, physiotherapists, psychologists, counsellors, medical personnel etc.
This will further assist us in supporting the holistic development of our members, as it is our aim to not only place emphasis on the playing goals of our members, but to also equip them for the transition into life after cricket.