The WACA recognise volunteers are the life blood and are essential in delivering cricket which is fun, competitive, social and safe. However, like most sports there is a high turnover of volunteers with recruiting and retaining activities an ongoing demand on resources.
Though advances in technology are improving the collection and dissemination of information to volunteers, volunteering remains a ‘people, face to face game’.
Volunteers are increasingly more prepared to commit to a well-organised and professional organisation for a specific task and/or a finite period. To this end, the WACA has undertaken the development of a Volunteer Management Framework to assist affiliated Associations and Clubs enhance a volunteer’s experience and improve the volunteering.
It is acknowledged that a number of strategies and initiatives are already undertaken by Cricket Australia, the WACA, affiliated Associations and Clubs to recruit and retain volunteers.
DSR Workforce Development Planning Framework Project
WACA Community Cricket Gap Analysis
·The ‘Strategy for Cricket in Western Australia 2012-2015’ contains 6 pillars that support the strategic direction of the sport.
The pillars for the focus of the DSR Workforce Development Planning Framework project is;
‘Increase participation substantially and inspire WA’s next generation of players, fans and volunteers’
'Provide World class leadership and Management and play a vital role in unifying WA and Australian Cricket.
The key workforce development issues are directly related to the management of the volunteer workforce specifically around the Metropolitan Community Cricket Boards and the capacity of the Game Development team to develop and implement initiatives and strategies that will achieve the stated volunteer outcomes.