Lendlease Breakers and Sydney Thunder Assistant Coach Leah Poulton is one of four female coaches set to embark on a study tour in the United States from 22-30 April with the trip aimed at developing Australia’s elite and upcoming coaches.
Designed to provide coaches with the opportunity to experience a variety of high performance environments, the study tour will engage various high profile universities, professional sports and internationally acclaimed organisations including Facebook and the San Francisco Giants.
The tour will have an emphasis on creating sustainable success through quality coaching and effective practice, with guest speakers including Professor Wade Gilbert from California State University, Professor Dan McAdams from Northwestern University, author and journalist David Epstein, successful College head coaches and Major League Team performance staff and coaching panels.
Former international players Lisa Keightley (WACA/Perth Scorchers), Shelley Nitschke (SACA/Adelaide Strikers) and Julia Price (Cricket Tasmania/Hobart Hurricanes) will join Poulton on the trip in Detroit; the quartet all holding coaching roles with their respective State Associations and Rebel Women’s Big Bash League clubs.
“We’re really excited to have four high calibre coaches involved in the first study tour of its kind," said Cricket Australia’s Female High Performance Manager, Shawn Flegler.
“This program will give them the opportunity to experience a variety of high performance programs and get a sense of best practice across a number of elite sports.
“We want our coaches creating cultures of excellence and it’s vital that we continue to develop and invest in both our elite and emerging coaches.
“All four women have been touted as future national program coaches and play key roles in Australian Cricket.”
Criteria for selection included, but was not exclusive to:
- Capability to be a future Australian Head Coach or Specialist Assistant Coach
- Capability to be a future State/WBBL/International Head Coach
- Considered to be a long term coaching asset of Australian Cricket
- Capacity for growth and ability to learn and share with others across Australian Cricket