Otago Polytechnic has partnered with the Otago Cricket Association in an innovative and exciting project, a proposed $1.1 million world-class cricket and education facility – the Otago International Centre of Cricket Excellence, in Dunedin. 

The aim of the project is to provide a facility which will entice promising school leavers and domestic cricket players from New Zealand and overseas to live in Dunedin, play and develop their cricket through a professional cricket academy while studying towards an academic and vocational qualification through Otago Polytechnic. 

Otago Polytechnic Director: External Relations Mike Waddell says the tertiary institution is excited to be involved in the project, which offers benefits to the city and Otago and Southland regions. 

“This vision not only benefits Otago Polytechnic and Otago Cricket, but also greater Dunedin, its culture, vibrancy and economy and the wider region through the attraction of young New Zealand and international students who are seeking quality education and cricket opportunities,” Waddell says. 

The partnership’s priority is to establish the facility, a giant greenhouse housing 12 to 14 grass wickets on land at Logan Park.   

Otago Cricket has made a submission to this year’s Dunedin City Council (DCC) annual plan for land currently being used for tennis courts at Logan Park to be made available to develop the new facility.  Tennis Otago is gifting the land back to the DCC as it creates a new tennis development. 

The project is a result of a long-running partnership between Otago Cricket and Otago Polytechnic and the tertiary education provider’s associated scholarship programme that helps students graduate with education qualifications that support their future career aspirations.   

The scholarship partnership provides five full fees academic scholarshipsallowing Otago Cricket to retain and attract talented players to our area from within our region but also from throughout the country. 

The scholarship holders benefit from the comprehensive support and guidance of Otago Polytechnic staff, including academic expertise, careers advice, study assistance, pastoral and accommodation support 

They also have access to Otago Cricket Performance coaching staff, as well as support staff (including Strength and Conditioning, Physiotherapy and Mental Skills support) and Otago Cricket training facilities throughout the period of their scholarships.  

Both organisations are excited about the prospect of building a unique year-round opportunity for aspiring cricketers from within New Zealand and overseas to receive a tertiary opportunity embedded within a high-quality cricket performance environment,”  

“New Zealand Cricket’s winter training programme at Lincoln has been a resounding success and offers year-round training for aspiring cricketers.  Adding a similar facility in Dunedin aligned to quality tertiary opportunities will provide Dunedin and Otago with a unique point of difference, one that adds to the social and economic fabric of our region,” Coggan explains. 

“To remain relevant and to ensure cricket maintains meaning, continues to capture the interest of people from Otago and Southland and sustains competitive flagship men’s and women’s domestic sides, we need to do things that are different and innovative,” Coggan says. 

 “We expect many of these students will then stay and build depth and strength to Otago Cricket – adding genuine quality to the Dunedin cricket club ecosystem and our performance programmes -and graduate with education qualifications that support their future career aspirations. 

Published on 5 May 2020

Orderdate: 5 May 2020
Expiry: 31 Oct 2022