NZC is committed to developing the depth and capability of female leaders and female-focused leaders across the cricket network, through providing and facilitating development opportunities at all levels of the sport.
The Female Leadership Development Framework is a key aspect of NZC and Sport NZ’s ‘Strengthen & Adapt’ partnership. It is focused on amplifying and enhancing the off-field visibility and capability of females, and those focused on championing and developing females, across the key areas of governance, administration, umpiring and coaching.
Underpinned by our vision ‘a game for all New Zealanders; a game for life’, a key factor to our success is ‘normalising’ female involvement in all aspects of cricket and developing leaders who are capable, visible and active across the cricket network.
The Contestable Fund is one of the key initiatives in this Framework which aims to encourage locally-led activity, with national support. Under this initiative, funding is available to Major Associations, District Associations, Clubs or Schools on an annual basis. It aims to support initiatives that develop the leadership capabilities of female staff, or female-focused staff within the cricket network and grow off-field opportunities.
A full overview the Contestable Fund and successful applicants for the 2021/22 season are outlined below
Recipients - 2021/22 season Female Leadership Development Contestable Fund
Cricket Wellington are once again running their Young Leaders Course which received funding from the contestable fund, check out the video:
Otago Cricket have adopted a similar approach for the current season also receiving funding from the contestable fund, check out the video:
Aspiring Female Umpire Development Programme
Centered around the Hallyburton Johnstone Sheild, the Aspiring Female Umpire Development Programme provides development opportunities to female umpires and bridge the gap between community cricket appointments and domestic cricket appointments.
The National Umpire Pathway provides clear pathways for umpires across New Zealand. However, there is an opportunity to create an experience for the specific development of female umpires.
Find out more about the first female match referee, Sue Morris: