Cricket is not just a game of skill, but involves extended periods of time spent playing, often in very challenging, hot conditions.
The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS)/Cricket Australia (CA) Centre of Excellence offers integrated player development, sports science and sports medicine support together with access to world-class coaches and facilities.
About the program
The AIS/CA Centre of Excellence was launched in 2003 and leads the development of cricket in Australia for men and women by:
- attracting and developing high performance cricketers through strong talent identification at the state/territory level
- ensuring that the Centre of Excellence supports the ongoing needs of elite players.
The Centre of Excellence runs AIS programs for men and women.
AIS Men’s Cricket
The AIS men’s cricket program is designed for athletes who are the most talented cricketers that are likely to succeed in international cricket in the short, medium and long term. This provides the program with an athlete mix including youth and first class experience.
The AIS scholarship program enables the national selectors to create a five to ten year succession plan for the Australian team addressing identified future areas of weakness.
The program runs for twenty weeks from April to September each year and includes a training program addressing technical, tactical, mental and physical areas.
Scholarship athletes also compete in the annual emerging player’s tournament and an international tour.
AIS Women’s Cricket – CBA Southern Stars
The women’s national selection panel selects up to twenty athletes each year to form the AIS/National squad. The athletes are the top twenty players that have the potential to play for Australia.
The AIS/National program is conducted over a twelve month period. The athletes attend a minimum of three camps per year at the Centre of Excellence and undergo specialist training sessions within their home state.
Individual programs are developed for each squad member by the AIS/National Women’s Head Coach in consultation with state coaches and the athlete.
Player progress is monitored via testing, coach state visits, training diaries and communication with the coaches by the AIS/National Women’s Head Coach with assistance from the Australian Team support staff and relevant state coach.
Centre of Excellence headquarters
The AIS/CA Centre of Excellence headquarters is based at the Allan Boarder field in Brisbane, Queensland. This facility provides AIS athletes access to:
- playing and training fields
- turf and synthetic practice nets
- recovery plunge pools
- weight training room
- dressing rooms
- players lounge
- IT and office facilities