Tom, Ollie and Fin attend PCA Rookie Camp

Tom Banton, Ollie Sale and Fin Trenouth were amongst the attendees at the eighth annual Professional Cricketers’ Association Rookie Camp at Edgbaston on Tuesday.

The day-long event, hosted by the PCA and supported by the Tom Maynard Trust, brings together first and second year rookies who have signed their first professional cricket contracts.

Tom, Ollie and Fin, along with Western Storm’s Freya Davies, joined representatives from 10 other counties plus members of the MCC Young Cricketers and England women’s academy at the event which details the support and guidance the PCA offers cricketers throughout and after their professional career.

Several workshops ran throughout the day discussing the potential pitfalls and dilemmas cricketers may face during their careers. The 30 cricketers took part in a variety of workshops including: anti-corruption, legal support, social media training, gambling addictions, contract negotiation role plays and Q&As with former England cricketer Ryan Sidebottom and current Leicestershire captain Michael Carberry.

While the workshops provided an educational tool for players, the Q&As gave the opportunity for international cricketers to pass on their experiences and outline the pressures faced during a professional career and how these up-and-coming cricketing stars can deal with similar adverse situations.

Carberry discussed his rise through the ranks at Surrey, the challenges he faced at a similar age to the rookies and revealed the hard work behind his England caps, winning the Big Bash League in Australia and his off-field battle to overcome cancer in 2016 in an insightful view into the life of a county cricketer.

After the event Fin said: “It was a really good day and there were some inspirational speakers. Michael Carberry has been through a lot so it was good to hear what he had to say.

“The PCA do great work and I really feel that we all learned a lot from the experience.”

PCA Chairman and Worcestershire batsman Daryl Mitchell witnessed the event for the first time and shared his delight at the success of the eighth Rookie Camp. “It’s been really interesting to watch from a PCA perspective and I’m sure the players will leave here having learnt a great deal,” he said.

“Unfortunately, back in my day we didn’t have this and it’s been really interesting to see an event like this come together to educate the young players. Days like this are massive for the players and although there’s a lot of information for them to take in during the day, it really is needed.”

Also illustrating support at Edgbaston was ECB CEO, Tom Harrison, who delivered a seminar focusing on the ECB’s role and the responsibilities of all individual professional cricketers. Along with the relationship between the ECB and the PCA, Harrison discussed how the PCA always puts the players’ needs at the forefront of everything.

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