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

RECIPIENT TESTIMONIALS

"When I received the phone call I was very surprised as I was away at a U18 championship at the time. Jodie started telling me about the scholarship and how I had won it for 2016/17 year. I was so happy I could hardly speak. This scholarship will help me in so many ways, with my schooling fees and by purchasing new cricket gear. Jodie Fields is one of many talented cricketers and is one of nicest people you will meet. 

 

I am very honoured to receive this scholarship and happy to know there is assistance out there that can allow for players in country areas to be recognised. This season I was selected to play for the U/18 Cricket Australia team which played in Hobart and the U/18 Australian development squad. At these championships, I was given the opportunity to be the rookie for the WBBL Brisbane Heat team which actually resulted in me being called up to play a couple of games for the Brisbane Heat and Queensland Fire teams. Being involved with these teams and playing at this level of cricket has really improved my game and helped me to grow as a player.

 

Thank you again to Jodie Fields, UQ Business School, Kookaburra and Queensland Cricket”

Renee Irvine

2016-17 Recipient

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

RECIPIENT TESTIMONIALS

"When I received the phone call I was very surprised as I was away at a U18 championship at the time. Jodie started telling me about the scholarship and how I had won it for 2016/17 year. I was so happy I could hardly speak. This scholarship will help me in so many ways, with my schooling fees and by purchasing new cricket gear. Jodie Fields is one of many talented cricketers and is one of nicest people you will meet. 

 

I am very honoured to receive this scholarship and happy to know there is assistance out there that can allow for players in country areas to be recognised. This season I was selected to play for the U/18 Cricket Australia team which played in Hobart and the U/18 Australian development squad. At these championships, I was given the opportunity to be the rookie for the WBBL Brisbane Heat team which actually resulted in me being called up to play a couple of games for the Brisbane Heat and Queensland Fire teams. Being involved with these teams and playing at this level of cricket has really improved my game and helped me to grow as a player.

 

Thank you again to Jodie Fields, UQ Business School, Kookaburra and Queensland Cricket”

Renee Irvine

2016-17 Recipient

RECIPIENT TESTIMONIALS

"Receiving the Jodie fields scholarship has been very beneficial for my family and me. The extra money going to my schooling fees as well as extra money for cricket gear and expenses with playing the sport has also been amazing.

 

I was very excited and surprised to receive Jodie’s scholarship knowing the quality of the previous winners. I would like to thank UQ for sponsoring this scholarship as well as Kookaburra for providing the cricket gear. Finally, I would like to thank Jodie for creating this award and the support she has given me."

Ruth Johnston

2017-18 Recipient Testimonial