Walker appointed to new Women's Development role
Otago Cricket has appointed Tama Walker to the newly created position, Head of Women’s Cricket Development. This part time role, reporting to the Manager Community Cricket has been implemented as a new role under the revised organisation structure and will play a key focus in growing the depth and quality of female cricketers over the coming years.
CEO Mike Coggan is excited about the quality of staff that are now filling critical development and performance roles. “On the back of recent exciting performance coach appointments it is terrific that Tama has accepted this new role. We have a talented base of young female cricketers aged 13 – 18 years and we need to give them more regular game opportunities to really grow and stay excited. We also must grow our base of female cricketers and ultimately offer female only cricket competition. Tama has the desire, knowledge and skill to achieve our organisation goals”. Walker has been a Cricket Development Officer with Otago Cricket for the past three years and will carry out dual roles. Otago Cricket will contract part time staff to deliver cricket into schools
Coggan points to the newly revised strategic plan and NZC review when he talks about just how important the development of the women’s game is domestically. “Over the next 4 years we are targeting females in cricket as our genuine growth area. There is huge potential to market cricket to the female audience and build a really exciting future. To achieve this we must however change the model; modify the game, make it more fun and shorter in time scale, even play it indoors. We will pilot indoor opportunities to school players over the next 6 months at zero cost to the participant. The pathways for female players and the experiences they can have travelling away and playing cricket with friends is massive.”
NZC and Otago Cricket are not just concentrating on growth in female numbers. It’s vital that over the next few years we seek to appoint females to Board positions, as coaches of female teams and administrators of clubs. Coggan says Boards that operate with a balance of female representation function more effectively. “I have only ever worked with Boards that have a greater balance of gender. Discussion and perspective changes and value is undoubtedly added. The same applies in administration and coaching. Cricket needs a massive injection of all things female”.
The remaining role to be filled as set out under the recent restructure is that of Performance & Talent ID Coach (part time). This position, which sees a concentration on quality resourcing for our talented youth players will be filled shortly.