Growing Cricket for Girls returns as female participation continues to climb
March 07, 2018
The hugely successful Growing Cricket for Girls Fund returns for a third summer with clubs, associations and schools around Australia set to capitalise on the continued growth in cricket participation for women and girls.
As part of the ground-breaking funding announced in 2016, community associations, clubs, school sporting associations and secondary schools can apply for funding to support the development of new girls only cricket competitions and teams.
With more than 500 girls’ teams joining more than 40 new girls’ competitions around Australia in its first year, the initiative has gone from strength to strength with more than 800 teams taking to the field in the 2017/18 season.
Cricket Australia in partnership with the Commonwealth Bank established the Fund to directly support local cricket associations, cricket clubs and secondary schools across the country to develop new girl’s competitions and grow established competitions.
Cricket Australia CEO Mr James Sutherland said:
“We want young girls to have a clear line of sight to our cricket pathway and through the support of Principal Partner Commonwealth Bank, this fund provides increased opportunities for girls to get involved in cricket and to experience a friendly and inclusive environment.
“The total investment in Growing Cricket for Girls is now $6m over four years which is easily the single biggest investment by an Australian National Sporting Organisation into teenage girl’s sport.”
Commonwealth Bank Chief Marketing Officer Monique Macleod said:
“For almost 30 years, Commonwealth Bank has enjoyed a partnership with Cricket Australia. Together, we’re focusing on championing diversity and inclusion in the sport and working to strengthen the foundations of cricket for girls, Indigenous players, players with disabilities and local clubs around the country.
“Nurturing talent at a grassroots level is important for the future of the sport. To help maximise opportunities for female cricketers, we’re jointly funding the Growing Cricket for Girls Fund. Our support will give teenage girls from all cultures and of all abilities the chance to step up to the crease and get involved in one of Australia’s favourite sports.
“We look forward to seeing the opportunities that the Growing Cricket for Girls Fund will provide girls – to take them from a grassroots level and inspire them to play elite cricket.”
For more information on the Growing Cricket for Girls Fund including the funding guidelines and State and Territory application timelines go to http://community.cricket.com.au/clubs/a-sport-for-all/growing-cricket-for-girls.