1. Cricket Connects Forum
Nearly one hundred representatives of all sectors of South Australian cricket gathered in Hahndorf for the inaugural Cricket Connects Forum on August 12 and 13.
The Forum provided a weekend of vigorous and enlightening discussions that dug deep into the current challenges and opportunities for cricket in our state.
Many positive new connections were made by participants and the eight Forum sessions covered key areas including girls and women’s cricket, Premier and community cricket clubs, volunteers and resources, regional cricket and inclusion.
At the Forum’s end, those present signed off on a commitment to work collaboratively together to “Develop and implement an innovative Action Plan to make South Australian cricket, through its clubs and stakeholders, the most fun, family friendly, inclusive and community connected of any sport in Australia.”
SACA President Andrew Sinclair said that SACA was fully committed to working with the cricket community to achieve the Cricket Connects objectives.
“One of the Forum’s most important outcomes was that it directly connected people from all levels of cricket, which will create some wonderful new opportunities for growth. It has also resulted in an important renewed commitment by SACA and representatives of the entire South Australian cricket family to working openly and closely with each other for the benefit of all who enjoy and play the game,” Mr Sinclair said.
2. Cricket Connects - Member Survey
Thank you to the more than 1250 SACA members who opted to complete the brief online Member Survey conducted in July/August. The survey responses will be invaluable in informing future planning and demonstrated SACA members’ great passion for and high level of engagement with South Australian cricket.
Approximately half of all member respondents currently participate (or had previously participated) in cricket, providing a broad diversity of viewpoints. While survey response analysis is continuing, following is a snapshot of the top five response categories to the survey question “What one thing would you like to change about South Australian cricket?”.
Matters relating to:
- Adelaide Oval, including cricket events content and catering, ranked as the highest response category with 27% of total responses.
- Sheffield Shield cricket ranked second with a total of 21% of responses.
- Grassroots cricket (including support for community clubs and junior development) ranked third with 13 % of responses.
- Premier Cricket (including changes to formats and structure) ranked fourth with 11% of responses.
- High Performance ranked fifth with 7.5% of responses.
The online survey was an important first step in the extensive member consultation process being undertaken by SACA.
Further direct consultation with SACA members will occur over the next nine months in order to collaboratively develop and implement plans for positive change that will benefit all members and cricket participants.