“These are definitely exciting times for Auckland Cricket” – White
Nick White has been a familiar face around Auckland Cricket for several years, and heading into the 2017/18 season he will be known as the Pathways and Performance Manager.
White’s new role is similar to the Talent ID post he has held since August 2013 meaning he will continue to oversee the Developing Future Aces and Hearts (DFA/DFH) programmes as well as offering support to all levels of the Auckland Cricket system.
“These are definitely exciting times for Auckland Cricket,” White says.
“With plenty of talented young male and female cricketers coming through, there were a couple of especially pleasing moments last season. Firstly, to see so many of our young ‘A’ cricketers given a taste of the Aces environment and secondly seeing the depth within the women’s game with our U21 women’s side winning the national title against some very strong opposition.”
Much like the Aces’ players, White is contracted to Auckland Cricket for part of the year allowing him the opportunity to return home to the UK and play club cricket for three months, however he admits cricket back in Auckland is never far from his mind.
“The role never sleeps as I am constantly in planning mode!”
It’s that meticulous planning that has seen the DFA/H programmes go from strength to strength in recent years, but ultimately he says success comes down to the cricketer.
“The DFA and DFH programmes offer an opportunity, but in the end it’s about how much the individual wants it, the programmes provide a taste of the commitment and focus required to succeed at the next level.”
“It is of course very pleasing to see players coming out of our programmes and into the Aces and Hearts environments and in Glenn Phillips’ case this season into the Black Caps. But it is also very pleasing tracking the journeys of all our young cricketers, whether that is ultimately for the Black Caps/White Ferns, Aces/Hearts or at a Premier club level.
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