JODIE FIELDS YOUNG CRICKETER DEVELOPMENT SCHOLARSHIP
Former Australian Cricket Team Captain, Jodie Fields, launched a personal scholarship scheme in 2014 to assist promising young female cricketers around Queensland with their sport development and professional career prospects.
Jodie is inspiring the next generation of female cricketers by creating a great opportunity for them to grow as a player, improve their cricket skills and develop professionally through their education. The scholarship has been awarded to four aspiring young girls since 2014, by assisting them with new cricket gear, financial assistance and a significant head start in their careers.
Each annual Scholarship recipient is selected from a group of promising players that attend the Queensland Cricket Emerging Girls talent identification camp or are part of the Queensland Cricket Youth Pathway programs, and/or are rural based residents with a determination to succeed in cricket. The scholarship was originally designed and sponsored by Jodie with significant contributions from, Talbot and Purves Pty Ltd, Hollis Family Trust, Howzat Sports and Queensland Cricket Association.
In 2015-16, Jodie partnered with University of Queensland Business School for a five-year $2,500 annual scholarship agreement. In addition to this sponsorship, Kookaburra Sport and the Queensland Cricket Association have been tremendous supporters of the initiative with equipment and mentorship opportunities. The scholarship provides significant financial assistance to families, a cricket gear sponsorship and access to Brisbane Heat and Queensland Fire training, games and mentorship from elite female players.
Jodie had extensive experience playing cricket professionally for Australia, Queensland, ACT and the Brisbane Heat and she was eager to ensure aspiring girls had the chance to understand the opportunities available within cricket for girls and women. All recipients of the Scholarship have shared their honor to be selected for the program and opportunity to learn from the double World Cup Winning Captain and Queensland Sportswoman of the Year.
Past Annual Scholarship Recipients
2014-15 Charli Knott Mackay
2015-16 Josie Dooley Brisbane
2016-17 Renee Irvine Wondai
2017-18 Ruth Johnston Toowoomba
"Cricket has provided me with many opportunities through education, sport, leadership and friendships and this is a way I can give something back to the sport that has given me so much.
"Cricket provides girls an opportunity to develop all-round life skills, cricket and athletic skills, and qualities around resilience and humility.
"If I can help a young girl with their education and their development as a player, then I feel that is a positive step forward for women's cricket in Queensland."
- Jodie Fields
2018 / 19 APPLICATIONS
The next round of applications for 2018-19 will open on October 1, 2018 through a nomination process with the Queensland Cricket Association.
Applicants with the following characteristics are encouraged to apply:
Currently not contracted with Queensland Cricket Association under a WBBL or State Contract for the 2018-19 season
Resides outside the Brisbane Metropolitan area
Current member of a club cricket association in Queensland,
Currently attending school, an education program, completing a traineeship or apprenticeship, and /or attending an registered education program
Dedicated to furthering their education and professional development
Aged 12-18 years as at October 1, 2018