Scholarship Programmes

Scholarship Programmes

As part of its commitment to developing and nurturing emerging talent, Cricket Ireland is proud to support two scholarship programmes that provide opportunities for young male and female cricketers. Both programmes are primarily funded through the generous support of a partner.

Read more about our two main scholarship programmes below:
  • Ed Joyce Scholarship Programme
  • Devenish Nutrition Women’s Overseas Player Development Scholarship Programme

 

Ed Joyce Scholarship Programme

After 21 years having first represented Ireland, and 16 years as a professional county cricketer, Ed Joyce retired in May this year. As a legacy to his commitment to the game in Ireland over this period, Ed has decided to establish the Ed Joyce Scholarship Programme (EJSP) for young players to develop their skills overseas in the winter, as he did early in his career.

The scholarship fund will allow 1-2 players to develop their skills and knowledge of the game overseas in a different culture and climate, through excellent coaching. Included should be a match programme for them to test their skills in that environment.

THE PROGRAMME
The support will help fund talented Irish players who have aspirations to play for Ireland. It will help them to develop their game and their character overseas linked with a club, where they will train, practice and play during a period or the whole of the winter. The support is aimed at making a difference to the player, and help them through an Individual Performance Plan (IPP) which is agreed with the EJSP selection committee. 

The preferred programme for players will be between 3 and 6 months, with players expected to report to the EJSP selection committee on a monthly basis on their progress, as well as provide content for Cricket Ireland communications channels. Cricket Ireland will provide an annual report of the programme for the EJSP.

LOCATION
The programme is not limited to one country. Players can arrange their own programmes if they have contacts themselves, or Cricket Ireland can arrange a programme following the player’s application and the EJSP selection committee approval.

FUNDING
The EJSP aims to fund a significant amount of the costs up to a maximum amount to be determined once applications are received. It will be provided based on each person’s individual circumstances and can help fund the following:
• Flights
• Visas
• Travel insurance
• Living costs – accommodation and living costs
• Gym membership and strength & conditioning support

CRITERIA
The player must be in a Provincial Union or Cricket Ireland pathway team (e.g. under-age representative team for a Provincial Union or Cricket Ireland, Shapoorji Pallonji Academy, Ireland Wolves etc). Whilst the programme will consider female players, during the establishment phase it recognises an existing programme is in place for young women (see below) and will likely focus more on providing opportunities for young male talent. As the programme grows over time the intention is to provide both male and female opportunities. All players must remain available to Ireland teams during this programme – all costs for relocation will be funded by Cricket Ireland.

SELECTION PROCESS
Applications should be made in writing to ed.joyce@cricketireland.ie no later than 9 September 2018.

The Selection panel will consist of the following:
• Ed Joyce (Chair)
• CI Men’s & Women’s Head Coaches
• CI National Academy Manager
• CI Performance Director

A decision on the awarding of the scholarship(s) will be made by 9 September 2018.

APPLICATION PROCESS
All applications must include the following:
• Player contact details
• Cricket CV with players profile
• Details of how and why the programme will help develop the player
• Period and dates proposed
• Detailed approximate costs required for the programme
• Details of any personal contribution amount

 

Devenish Nutrition Women’s Scholarship Programme

Devenish Nutrition will continue to sponsor the Women’s Overseas Player Development Scholarship Programme for the second year, with the aim of supporting the development of our players of interest in the Ireland set-up.

THE PROGRAMME
The aim of this Programme is to support the development of current and future Ireland Women Pathway Players. The scholarship will provide funding for 2-4 players to spend 3-6 months overseas, during the winter months of 2018-2019, further developing their skills and knowledge of the game in a different culture and climate, through excellent coaching, practice and competitive matches.

The support will help fund many of the talented Irish women’s players within the Cricket Ireland performance pathway.  It will help them to develop their game and their character overseas, linked with a club, where they will train, practice and play during the winter season. The support is aimed at making a difference to the player, and to help them develop through their Individual Performance Plan (IPP), which will be agreed with the CI Women’s Head Coach.

The preferred programme for players will be between 3 and 6 months. Players will be expected to report to CI on a fortnightly basis on their progress, as well as provide content for Cricket Ireland communications channels. Cricket Ireland will provide an annual report of the programme for Devenish Nutrition and for public consumption.

LOCATION
The programme is not limited to one country. However, Cricket Ireland’s best contacts and highest quality supports are currently located in the Southern Hemisphere, namely Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.  Players can arrange their own programmes if they have contacts themselves, or Cricket Ireland can arrange a programme following the player’s application and successful approval from the DNSP selection committee.

FUNDING
Funding is available for 2-4 players to spend 3-6 months overseas:

  • Up to €2,000 per month will be provided to support;
    o Living costs – accommodation, services, food and internet allowance
    o Gym membership
    o Strength & conditioning support
    o Coaching
    o Physiotherapy access
  • A single payment of up to €1,200 will be made to support:
    o Flights
    o Visas
    o Travel insurance

Cricket Ireland Performance Staff will determine what level of funding is appropriate and agree with the player before a commitment to the club or programme is made.

CRITERIA
  • Players must be 18 by the time of departure for the scholarship programme.
  • The programme is open to all current CI Women’s Performance squad members and all Pathway Players, including Toyota Super 3’s players and Shapoorji Pallonji Cricket Ireland Academy members.
  • The programme is likely to appeal to a player who has completed their Leaving Certificate and is looking at a ‘gap year’; a player keen to take a semester or year out of University studies; or an older player who is looking to take time out from work to develop their cricket.
  • All players must remain available to Ireland teams during this programme – all costs for any relocation will be funded by Cricket Ireland.


APPLICATION PROCESS
Applications should be made in writing to the Cricket Ireland’s Women’s Head Coach and Performance Pathway Manager – aaron.hamilton@cricketireland.ie no later than Sunday 16th September 2018.

Applications should include the following:

  • Player contact details.
  • Cricket CV with player’s profile.
  • Period and dates proposed.
  • Clarification whether the programme is to be arranged by the player or by Cricket Ireland.  If being arranged by the player, details of the proposed programme (location, club etc) to be provided.
  • Details of any other source of funding already arranged by the player.
  • Details of how and why the programme will help develop the player.

SELECTION PROCESS
The DNSP Selection panel will consist of the following:

  • Cricket Ireland’s Women’s Head Coach and Performance Pathway Manager
  • Cricket Ireland’s Performance Director
  • Chair of Ireland Women’s Selectors
  • Devenish Nutrition Representative (Observer)

Decisions to fund players will be based mainly on the potential of the player to represent Ireland currently and/or in the future. Hence, in addition to spending at least 3 months overseas, two key sections of the application are:

  • Cricket CV with player’s profile
  • Details of how and why the programme will help develop the player.

A decision on the awarding of the scholarship(s) will be made by 21 September 2018.

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