Cricket NSW

Cricket NSW is the peak body for cricket in NSW. Cricket NSW manages and promotes talent pathways for junior and senior cricketers, and is home to the state representative teams.

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Driving inspiration and engagement through sport

Cricket NSW is the peak body for cricket in NSW. ‘We oversee all aspects of the game—from community-level grassroots cricket, right through to the elite teams,’ says Julie Stafford, the organisation’s female participation specialist. ‘Our strong belief is that if cricket in NSW is strong, then Australian cricket is strong.’

Cricket NSW manages and promotes talent pathways for junior and senior cricketers, and is home to the state representative teams the NSW Blues (men) and NSW Breakers, who are the most successful team in the history of the Women’s National Cricket League. It also governs Sydney’s Big Bash League teams.

‘Our idea is to inspire people to enjoy the game of cricket,’ says Julie, who looks after Cricket NSW’s internship program. This invites university students to participate in community and school-based programs. ‘Cricket is a wonderful sport to unite all people,’ she says.

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Peak body for cricket in NSW

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Runs cricket skills programs in schools across NSW

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Offers player pathways into elite competitions

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Internships and casual work available for students

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Student engagement

Julie promotes Cricket NSW’s internship program through university newsletters and channels, and international students are encouraged to apply. ‘We have a lot of opportunities for students to work with us at the community ground level—assisting us run our very popular schools programs or helping cricket clubs develop their junior boys and girls teams,’ she says. ‘There are also opportunities to get involved in events and marketing around the Big Bash League.’

Those who impress during internships or volunteer work may then be employed on a casual basis. ‘As we expand, we’re always looking for more staff we can pay to help deliver our programs,’ says Julie.

There’s no need to play cricket or be a super fan, either, says Julie. ‘We’re not looking for professional cricketers or people with a background in cricket because we can teach them that. It’s all about being enthusiastic, showing initiative and a willingness to learn.’

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International students help bring much-needed diversity to Cricket NSW, and help kids see themselves playing and enjoying the game.

‘There’s a very well-known phrase: you can’t be what you can’t see,’ says Julie. ‘If you see someone looking like you playing cricket, you’re more likely to play. And that’s particularly important for girls. So we’re very conscious that we need staff who reflect our community. We love to utilise international students—their skills and their faces—to really help us drive cricket.’

When assessing candidates for internships or paid roles, Julie looks for those who are enthusiastic and show an interest in helping and learning. ‘Reliability is also really, really important—if we’re running a big school gala day, then we’re really relying on the interns to turn up.’

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It’s really important for us to have a diverse workforce to make sure we engage all Australians in the game of cricket - Julie Stafford, Cricket NSW

From a student perspective

For international student Jatin Hooda, working with Cricket NSW has been ‘a dream come true’. Hailing from New Delhi, India, Jatin came to Sydney to study a Master in Business Administration, specialising in strategic management and sport management, at the University of Technology Sydney. ‘I always wanted to work in sports and from here I can use the skills wherever I go,’ he says.

Jatin’s internship as a cricket development manager with Cricket NSW has ‘taught me a lot of patience with kids and the importance of time management,’ he says. ‘One of the biggest is you understand the meaning of a loss—and not be a loser.’ Now employed as a casual staff member, Jatin helps run cricket gala days and skills programs for Big Bash League teams the Sydney Sixers and Sydney Thunder.

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