Vanuatu Cricket through its High Performance program ensures the elite development of our cricketers and the coaches and staff work closely with a range of partners to achieve High Performance success. The VCA works in close partnership with Rob Francis as a Strength & Conditioning coach in all aspects of HP training to achieve the best results for our HP teams.
High Performance Squad (HPS)
The HPS are the squads selected to train in the National Team setting and are selected by the High Performance Manager with input from the CEO and the National Captain. Players are selected based on their talents and potential to succeed in international cricket in the short, medium and long term. This provides the program with a mix of experience and players including youth and experience. The program enables the national selectors to create a succession plan for the Vanuatu team addressing identified areas of weakness and building strengths.
The players selected in the HPS are then contracted as 'National Contracted Players' within the Association and their priorities include training at the elite level and running school development programs for the VCA.
Vanuatu Under 19 Program
The Under 19 program is a two year program that is aligned with the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup cycle. Players are identified at Under 15 & 19 championships and developed over the two years leading into the Under 19 World Cup. The squad is modified within the 2 year period with the final selection occurring as part of the Under 19 championships immediately preceding the World Cup.
The program is managed by the U19 High Performance Coach who operates as the Vanuatu U19 Coach and works in the HP team and under direction from the HP Manager. The decentralized program includes Talent ID camps held in Santo and visits by the coach to our respective outreach locations. The Talent Identification pathways identifies talented athletes from our outreach locations to join the U19 squad based in Port Vila through a cricket scholarship. The Vanuatu U19 coach works closely with the High Performance Manager and the Manager of Cricket Development.
Vanuatu Women's Team
The women's HP coach with support from the selection panel selects 18-20 players each year to train in the Women’s High Performance Squad.. The program is conducted over a twelve month period with the aim to put up a strong team for the ICC Women's T20 World Cup - EAP Qualifier which happens in a 2 year cycle. The VCA is currently committed to expand the identification pathway for the Women's team to include our outreach locations and also to create playing opportunities for the National Women's Side to play more regular international fixtures.