rookie camp



Ashes-winning heroes Steve Harmison and Matthew Hoggard topped the bill at a busy fifth annual Professional Cricketers’ Association Rookie Camp, supported by the Tom Maynard Trust, at Edgbaston today.

The pair, who helped England win the Ashes 10 years ago, passed on the benefit of their experiences to the 31 first year professionals from across the country during an entertaining question-and-answer session.

Advice for Young Players

Early County Cricket

Starting Out

The Mental Game

England Debuts


Harmison and Hoggard both retired from county cricket two years ago but are keen to give something back to the game that they served so well.

“Cricket is a game that I enjoyed, it’s a game that I found tough but if there is any way that I can help a young individual at the start of his career I would be overjoyed to do it,” Harmison who now works in the media as well as managing non-league football club Ashington, his home town.

“That is why I always try to stay on hand and be available for the PCA to do many different things but this is something that stood out for me.”

Hoggard, who recently launched his own cricket academy in Leicester, echoed Harmison’s sentiments.

“It’s great to be involved with people who are just starting their career,” he said. 

“The PCA is such a fantastic organisation from the Benevolent Fund to what they doing today with people starting their career, helping them all the way through.

“They have been a big factor in my life and the lives of most professional cricketers with the team of Personal Development Managers through to contract negotiations which you can use them for.” 

Players attending the Rookie Camp were welcomed by Angus Porter, the PCA chief executive, who introduced Tom Harrison, the new chief executive of the England and Wales Cricket Board, who is also a PCA member from his playing days with Northamptonshire and Derbyshire.

Practical workshops included sessions with Mervyn Westfield, the former Essex fast bowler, on anti-corruption, the Model Professional with Mark Wallace, the PCA chairman and Glamorgan wicketkeeper, and How the PCA Can Support You run by PCA Personal Development Managers Lynsey Williams and Charlie Mulraine, the former Warwickshire batsman.

Jason Ratcliffe, the assistant chief executive of the PCA, ran a practical session on Contract Negotiations which involved Yorkshire seamer Matthew Fisher in role play as player put under pressure to sign a new contract.

The Rookie Camp closed with a session on gambling addiction presented by Colin Bland of the Sporting Chance Clinic, founded by former footballer Tony Adams.

Danny Bolt, a former professional footballer with Fulham, also talked to the cricketing rookies about his compulsive gambling which ended in him seeking help from Sporting Chance last summer and the assistance he has since received with his addiction.

“It was a successful and enjoyable day. It gave players who are embarking on their careers an opportunity to learn about the cricketing landscape,” Ratcliffe said.

“We are thankful for the support that the Tom Maynard Trust gives to this initiative and also to the players who attended the high quality presenters that made the day such a success.”

The Tom Maynard Trust was set up in the summer of 2012 following Tom’s tragic death.

Its initial objectives were to try to provide low level financial support for young cricketers making their way in the game.

This has now been expanded to include grants for aspiring young sports people looking for support with different aspects of their career development, education and awareness programmes, the Tom Maynard Academy at the Desert Springs complex in Southern Spain where up to 14 emerging county cricketers will benefit from specialist technical and conditioning work and a scholarship at his old school, Millfield.


Kindly supported by ‎The Tom Maynard Trust

As part of a comprehensive transitions programme, the PCA & ECB’s Personal Development and Welfare Programme (PDWP),  run an annual Rookie Camp to celebrate the achievement of reaching pro status and formally induct players into the Professional game of Cricket in England and Wales. 

The camps are an opportunity to bring all newly signed Professional Players to a central location and give them the chance to explore and develop their understanding of their role as a Professional Cricketer and the minimum standards expected of them, on and off the pitch and also to explain the comprehensive  support network on offer to help them.

Areas covered:

  • Introduction to the reality of being a Professional Cricketer

  • Emotional Intelligence - The importance of Perspective and self-awareness

  • Managing yourself as a Business – Negotiation, Financial Management, Role and need of an Agent

  • Media Management

  • Personal Responsibility/ Discipline The Law and spirit of cricket

  • Personal Development Plans – managing aspirations, winter plans

  • Role of PCA Player Services (Insurance, Education, Benevolent Fund, Confidential support)

  • Role Model/Ambassador – long timer

  • Addictive Behaviours – the signs and symptoms – ‘where to turn’.

Full presentations and video clips below:



rookie camp
2014 video


 2012 VIDEO


2011 VIDEO




Rookie intro

   Rookie Presentation









  Negotiator Presentation
  Player Services









Addictive Behaviours


An Introduction



Role Plays






PREVIOUS Player Quotes

“The day was very beneficial. There was a lot of information on offer to help us equip ourselves for being professional cricketers but also helped us understand more about the PCA.”  David Burton – Northants

“It was a good day, very relevant and showed there is a lot more to being a professional cricketer than I first thought.” Tom Craddock – Essex

“Very good and I took a lot of interesting things from the sessions. Helped me to think about the future.” Arron Lilley – Lancashire