To our valued community cricket stakeholders,
The Western Australian Cricket Association in partnership with Cricket Australia and other state and territory associations will be making a game changing announcement tomorrow about the level of support that Australian Cricket will be committing to your clubs, your associations and your dedicated volunteers who work tirelessly to make cricket Australia’s favourite sport.In line with the WACA and Australian Cricket’s Strategy to grow grassroots cricket, $35 million will be invested over the next three years to improve facilities, attract new and diverse participants, create a wider pool of qualified coaches and lessen the administration burden through an increase in community-based staff. As an important stakeholder and beneficiary of this initiative please see below the key details of this significant commitment with investment in the following include six key areas.Facilities An additional $12.75 million into the Australian Cricket Infrastructure Fund which will triple the number of community-based facility projects funded to improve infrastructure such as playing/practise facilities and surfaces, lighting and making changerooms and other club assets female friendly. More information on the 2018/2019 funding, will be made available by the WACA soon.
Woolworths Cricket BlastA new financial model has been designed in line with the launch of the exciting new Woolworths Cricket Blast that will benefit the growth of your club just by running the program. For the first time, a significant percentage of every participants registration fee at your Woolworths Cricket Blast centre will go back to your club. Based on our recommended retail price of $99 for the program, this can be as much as $24 per Junior Blaster and $69 per Master Blaster meaning a club with 50 participants in each program stands to make more than $4,600. Combined with this participant packs will now be sent directly to participants in another initiative to relieve administration burden on clubs. We encourage all clubs to activate their centres as soon as possible to take advantage of this new financial initiative and capitalise on the expected buzz around the new Woolworths Cricket Blast Program.All Girls cricket leagues
With 619 additional all girls cricket teams created in the last year alone, as part of the wider Growing Cricket for Girls Fund initiative, with the support of the Commonwealth Bank, continued investment of $800,000 per year directly to clubs and associations to initiate and grow ‘all girls’ competitions and teams. On the ground resourcesAustralian Cricket will employ 58 new staff around the country to better support growth areas to run great clubs and competitions for their communities. This support will be designed to ensure clubs receive more face to face and on the ground support to recruit and retain players as well significantly lower the administration burden on clubs. This will complement existing support in the areas of coaching and talent programs provided in 17-18.CoachingIn 2017/18, double the number of community coaches were trained by making the courses FREE to the cricket community. $500,000 has been committed to provide FREE community coaching courses reflecting the importance of the role that coaches play in developing great experiences for players.Technology In a changing world that continues to get faster Australian Cricket wants to stay ahead of the curve and continue to explore new and creative ways to lessen the administrative burden on the game’s volunteers. In line with this a re-direction of investment in technology to reduce the administrative burden on Community Cricket representatives and provide new and efficient ways of working. This could involve improving aspects of the MyCricket system, exploring new and improved online systems and providing additional on the spot support. More exciting news to come!
In addition to the commitment outlined above, Australia’s players along with the Australian Cricketers’ Association and CA are working on a further game-changing financial contribution to grassroots cricket. We look forward to working with the ACA and players on this important initiative and we keep you informed of progress.
Now is an exciting time for community cricket and the WACA looks forward to working with you in 2018/2019 and beyond to continue to grow and strengthen our great game across the state.
Thank-you for your continued commitment and contribution to cricket in WA and I wish you every success for the season ahead.
(WACA Chief Executive Officer)