Plans for new National Cricket Campus announced
June 25, 2017
Australia’s cricketers could have access to a new, state-of-the-art facility ahead of the ICC Men’s and Women’s World T20 tournaments in 2020.
Cricket Australia and Queensland Cricket have committed $4.25 million towards the creation of a National Cricket Campus, to include upgrades at the Bupa National Cricket Centre and Queensland Cricket facilities at the Allan Border Field precinct in Albion, plus a new facility at Shaw Road, Kalinga.
Government support is now being sought to realise the $18 million vision.
The Campus would provide improved facilities, and access for all male and female National teams and performance squads, plus provide a new premier venue for state and national age championships, international youth events and female tournaments in all formats.
The Shaw Road precinct is the home of Queensland premier club Northern Districts, and would be upgraded to enable it to host senior men’s Domestic One Day matches, women’s International series games, International A series and Tour matches.
It would also deliver increased community access to junior and senior club cricket.
Among the proposed additions to the Kalinga precinct are a new pavilion, lighting of the main oval and training areas, 16 new turf practice nets and a renovation of playing surfaces and centre wickets.
Upgrades to Allan Border Field would include refurbishment of Queensland Cricket’s main building, additional training and playing pitches, a new amenity building, new electronic scoreboard and lighting of Allan Border Field and training areas.
Cricket Australia’s Executive General Manager, Team Performance, Pat Howard, said the proposed facility would provide a better environment for Australia’s best players to train, play and compete.’
“With support, we believe the place for the next generation of cricketers to develop, train and master domestic and International cricket will be in Brisbane through the National Cricket Campus,’’ Howard said.
“Advances in our key performance programs demand that our cricketers train more like they play, and as we play the bulk of our cricket outside on turf, accessing world class facilities 365 days a year is a must have rather than a wish.
“The National Cricket Campus will provide the vehicle for improved standards and greater access for all of our National teams and squads – male, female, All-Abilities, Indigenous and Indoor – as well as becoming a premier playing venue for national age titles and pathway teams,’’ Howard said.
“Australian Cricket has committed to spending more than four million dollars to achieve this vision, and looks forward to working with all interested parties to make the National Cricket Campus an internationally renowned facility in the future.
Queensland Cricket CEO Max Walters also welcomed the development as one that would benefit both the local community and wider Australian Cricket demands.
“This would be a model for the future with the project’s strong links and access to community cricket providing a leading example for Premier clubs and key regional facilities to aspire to,’’ Walters said. said.
“As well as their importance to Queensland and Australia’s elite teams, Allan Border Field and the Bupa National Cricket Centre are significant community assets with local schools and sporting bodies utilizing the facilities. The integration of Shaw Road would deliver significant benefits to many levels of the game.”
“Ultimately, we see this model expanding to create other Cricket Hubs in key locations around the State,’’ he said.