Edgbaston hosts PCA induction day for 67 young professional cricketers


 The Professional Cricketers’ Association’s 2023 Rookie Camp has made history, inducting a record 67 players into the professional game.

Hosted at Edgbaston Cricket Ground on Thursday 2 March, the annual event passed the previous record of 61 inductees in 2021, with this year’s Camp including 27 new female members.

Amongst the 22 professional teams represented, Essex youngster Luc Benkenstein was also in attendance.

Rookie Camp was hosted by Somerset’s Jack Brooks with sessions including a keynote speech from former England and current Nottinghamshire Head Coach, Peter Moores. Mo Bobat, England Men’s Performance Director, joined PCA members Arul Suppiah, Dom Bess, Eve Jones, Alice Davidson-Richards and Fi Morris in sharing their invaluable insights to the youngsters in attendance.

Seminars were also presented to the eager group of players through B5 Consultancy, specifically on healthy relationships and social media whilst PCA partners AllSport Insurance and Brooks Macdonald shared their expertise.

The 13th PCA Rookie Camp was financially supported by the Graham Gooch Scholarship / Essex Cricket Foundation and forms part of the PCA’s Personal Development and Welfare Programme (PDWP), a personalised support service which aims to enable individuals to develop sustainable performance both within and outside of cricket.

The annual event brings together players who have recently signed their first professional contract and sits alongside further PDWP initiatives including the Futures Awards and Futures Conference.

 PCA Director of Member Services, Ian Thomas, said: “It was inspiring to see so many young professional players being inducted into their dream job.

“It is testament to the work that has been achieved in recent years to see a record amount of players in attendance at Rookie Camp. Having 67 new members in the room is a direct result of the implementation of rookie contracts and rapid growth of the women’s game.

“The aim has been to educate those players on what life is like as a professional, to mitigate the pitfalls whilst inspiring every individual to be the best cricketer and person they can be.

“The day is not possible without the support of our valued partners and a special thanks to Graham Gooch who has led on financial support through the Graham Gooch Scholarship / Essex Cricket Foundation.”

Full list of players in attendance: Chloe Brewer, Georgia Davis, Davina Perrin, Hannah Baker, Grace Potts (Central Sparks); Archie Harrison, Mitch Wagstaff (Derbyshire); Mitch Killeen, Ross Whitfield, Ben McKinney, Stanley McAlindon (Durham); Freya Kemp (England Women); Luc Benkenstein (Essex); Ben Morris, Ben Kellaway (Glamorgan); Tom Aspinwall, Josh Boyden, Matthew Hurst, Harry Singh (Lancashire); Michael Finan, Josh Hull (Leicestershire); Dan O’Driscoll, Nathan Fernandes (Middlesex); George Gowler, James Sales, Alex Russell (Northamptonshire); Leah Dobson, Emma Marlow, Phoebe Turner (Northern Diamonds); Ben Martindale, Fateh Singh (Nottinghamshire); James Rew, George Thomas, Alfie Ogborne, Shoaib Bashir(Somerset); Alexa Stonehouse, Emma Jones, Kira Chathli, Phoebe Franklin, Ryana Macdonald-Gay (South East Stars); Abtaha Maqsood, Eva Gray, Flo Miller (Sunrisers); Yousef Majid, Josh Blake (Surrey); Charlie Tear, Bertie Foreman, Archie Lenham, James Coles, Ari Karvelas, Brad Currie (Sussex); Sophie Munro, Grace Ballinger, Teresa Graves, Josie Groves (The Blaze);  Daisy Mullan, Seren Smale, Liberty Heap (Thunder); Amir Khan, Hamza Shaikh, Che Simmonds (Warwickshire); Lauren Filer, Chloe Skelton, Niamh Holland, (Western Storm); Finlay Bean, Ben Cliff, Jafer Chohan (Yorkshire).