Cricket Australia has announced the introduction of a new pilot that will help older players in women's cricket transition into a coaching role.
ACT Meteors captain and former Australian player Erin Osborne will trial the Press For Progress program in Canberra, coaching multiple young teams while juggling her role as skipper.
"I have no plans on retiring just yet, extremely ambitious of what I would like to achieve on the field personally but also with the ACT Meteors. But it's a wonderful opportunity" Osborne said.
"Cricket ACT in consultation with Cricket Australia have created a program that allows me to work across an array of programs in our High-Performance area and work among some of the greatest coaches Canberra has to offer.
"I have a passion for coaching and also passing on some of the wonderful experiences that I've learnt from the game and it has given me so much."
CACT High-Performance manager Olivia Thornton said that the idea for the pilot came around during the Women's World Cup in a conversation with CA's head coach of development Matt Betsey.
"The stadium was packed, we were talking about the increase in number of females playing the game and we were saying hey what about the coaches?" Thornton said
Thornton knew that Osborne was the best person to be the face of this new pilot.
"She's a perfect candidate to be honest because she has the desire to coach at a high level," Thornton said.
"We're playing our part in helping her transition into that space and hopefully, she's got a few more playing years under her belt.
"I think she's got a number of skills both from a technical point of view and also from a soft skill set as well. So I think for someone who's played over 100 games for Australia, she certainly ticks that box in terms of that experience.
"So if we can give her a bit of a leg up so when that day comes, in terms of closing that playing chapter, she can transition into the coaching space relatively easily."
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With 32 per cent of cricket participation in Australia now represented by women, Osborne was excited to see more girls get inspired to play.
"There's been an increase in number of girls playing cricket across Australia and that's something I'm really proud to see," Osborne said.
"On the back of the Women's World Cup where we had over 80,000 witness a wonderful game at the MCG...that's inspiring and it's wonderful to see that progress being made."
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