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  • Australia’s University of Canberra and Cricket ACT launch academy-style cricket coaching in India

    Published on February 23, 2024

     In a significant stride towards nurturing the budding cricket talent in India, the University of Canberra (UC) – one of the world’s top universities and Cricket ACT, the peak body for the sport in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), formally signed an agreement to provide in-school programs, tailored to enhance the skills of aspiring young cricket players across India.

    University of Canberra Interim Vice-Chancellor, Professor Lucy Johnston, and Cricket ACT CEO, Olivia Thornton, formally signed the agreement at the Jamia Millia Islamia University Ground in New Delhi, with ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr MLA in attendance as part of the Chief Minister’s Trade Delegation to India.

    The establishment of the annual flagship UC India Cricket Cup is an important pillar of the agreement. This seven-day cricket carnival will include training camps and sessions; the best and brightest young talent from schools across India will be invited to participate.

    The partnership aims to bring an international perspective to cricket education in India, leveling the playing field especially for girls and women in cricket, and creating opportunities for cultural exchange.

    The engagement activities run by the University of Canberra and Cricket ACT were part of a wider collaborative arrangement that includes:

    ● Sponsorships

    ● Work integrated learning opportunities that provided students with practical industry experience

    ● Opportunities for collaborative research with industry partners

    ● ‘Study and play’ pathways for Indian students in Canberra

    The partnership also includes a cultural exchange program, providing an opportunity for selected students to visit Australia’s capital city – home to the University of Canberra, Cricket ACT, and other iconic institutions like the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) – where they will get to experience local sporting culture. In India, the partnership will bring tailored teaching and coaching development sessions; training and playing tours for students; staff development programs for school sport coaches to support them in spotting talent early on; and more.

    For Indian students seeking an enriching Australian adventure, Canberra is the perfect destination. Renowned as one of the world’s most livable cities and a top-tier student hub globally, Canberra offers unparalleled academic experiences. Its universities rank among the world’s top 100, with many in Australia’s top 10. Students thrive in a dynamic job market with the highest average income and lowest unemployment rates nationwide. Canberra’s diverse institutions foster innovation and creativity, providing a safe and welcoming environment for international students amidst endless opportunities and warm hospitality. Quote attributable to Chief Minister Andrew Barr: “Canberra has a strong history of cricketing excellence, and Australia’s highest participation rate in the sport. This partnership, including the UC India Cricket Cup, will promote it as a great place to study, live, and play, and it will deepen the sporting, cultural, and economic connections between the ACT and India. I hope this it encourages more Indian students to pursue their studies in Canberra, Australia’s education capital.”

    Quote attributable to Professor Lucy Johnston, Interim Vice-Chancellor, University of Canberra: “Sport is an integral part of the University of Canberra’s culture – we had a vision of becoming one of Australia’s leading universities for sport. The University’s Sport Strategy focuses our attention towards gender equality in sport, sport integrity, and building a culture of wellness in Canberra. With cricket deeply entrenched in the sporting scenes of both India and Australia, this was a great opportunity to engage in this shared passion. We hope this initiative will help to empower young cricketers in India with the aptitude needed to excel both on and off the field, ultimately contributing to India’s amazing cricketing legacy on the global stage.”

    Quote attributable to Olivia Thornton, CEO, Cricket ACT: “Cricket ACT is so pleased to be entering this significant partnership with the University of Canberra, a unique collaboration that will build educational and sporting capability within India, with an emphasis on Women’s Cricket, and will seek to attract and retain international students. We also believe the research element of this partnership presents a substantial opportunity. Of all academic research undertaken in high performance sport and sport science internationally, the amount of that research focused specifically on female athletes is reportedly as low as six per cent. We are committed to helping to facilitate research opportunities through this partnership.”

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