On Wednesday evening, players from the Blind & vision Impaired Team, Deaf & Hard of Hearing Team and the Team for Cricketers with Intellectual Disability were invited into the Committee Room at Adelaide Oval to celebrate their success at the NCIC, along with SACA Chief Executive Keith Bradshaw, Redbacks players Tom Andrews and Tom Cooper, SACA staff and other distinguished guests.
During the evening, South Australian player Luke Goodman, who has been selected for the Australia Team for Cricketers with an Intellectual Disability, was presented with his cap, along with Coach John Lonergan and Team Manager Joanna Connolly (who was unable to attend the event), both also hailing from SA.
The SACA Development Academy will aim to broaden the number of players within the Inclusion Team network, while also aiming to nurture the cricketing abilities of these players
Bradshaw is excited to be able to demonstrate SACA’s commitment to inclusion through the launch of this new initiative.
“Squad members that are chosen for the National Cricket Inclusion Championships will train in world-class facilities, have outdoor training sessions to better prepare them for match conditions, and be able to access other high performance support programs like nutrition and physio,” he said.
Alongside the announcement of the Development Academy, Bradshaw also reaffirmed SACA's commitment to cover the majority of costs for players to compete in the NCIC.
The Development Academy will also provide support to other state representative teams, including the South Australian Aboriginal Women’s Cricket Team.