ICC and World Academy of Sport establish programme for Associate Members
Nine representatives from eight Associate and Affiliate Members (AMs) of the International Cricket Council (ICC) have successfully wrapped up a week-long leadership development workshop in Dubai as part of a bespoke global programme developed by the ICC and the World Academy of Sport.
The workshop was one component of the pilot AM Leadership Programme, which aims to develop critical skills for the effective administration and governance of cricket. The pilot programme was developed specifically to provide key individuals within Associate and Affiliate Members with continuous professional development opportunities to help them develop as leaders and managers in their respective governing bodies and countries.
The workshop was the second stage of the year-long programme, and followed on from a formal assessment of individual leadership skills, conducted earlier this year. In the workshop, the nine participants studied topics related to sports administration such as strategic planning, relationship management, human resources management, developing strategic partnerships and funding opportunities.
Through the first two stages of the programme, the participants have developed an action plan to help them enhance administration in their countries to better grow the game, and the ICC will continue to provide targeted support to help them achieve their plans.
ICC Head of Global Development Tim Anderson said: “This AM Leadership Programme aligns with our strategic focus to help Associate and Affiliate Members improve their governance and administration standards.
“The ICC is pleased to be investing in the professional development of these key individuals, and commends the dedication they’ve shown to improving themselves. We look forward to their enhanced skills being used to further develop cricket in their respective countries in the future.”
The nine participants undertaking the programme are Billy MacDermott (Argentina), Ole Roland (Denmark), Tim Simmonite (Ireland), Luca Bruno (Italy), Alex Miyaji (Japan), Gordon Drummond and Ian Sandbrook (Scotland), Shaam Harnam (Suriname) and Justine Ligyalingi (Uganda).
Former Scotland captain Gordon Drummond said: “The AM Leadership Programme was a fantastic opportunity for me to develop my skills off the park. The programme run by the ICC and World Academy of Sport provided me with the knowledge and understanding of a variety of skills and issues relating to management and governance. It's fantastic that I have had this opportunity at the end of my playing career, allowing me to build for the future.”
The bespoke programme was developed as a parallel opportunity to the World Academy of Sport Postgraduate Certificate (PGC) in Sport Management (Cricket), an industry-recognised higher academic qualification. A number of administrators have previously participated in the PGC.