Grassroots cricket clubs throughout Australia stand to benefit from the most significant collective investment from Australian professional cricketers in history.
The Grassroots Cricket Fund has been established by Australia’s cricketers to strengthen grassroots cricket in this country for generations to come. The fund will commit up to $30 million in funds from professional Australian cricket player payments to be invested to support and strengthen Australian community cricket.
The players, the Australian Cricketers’ Association and Cricket Australia are working in partnership to deliver the Fund, focusing on providing equipment grants, playing and training facilities to clubs across Australia.
This will ensure community cricket clubs around Australia get much-needed investment to reinforce their position as pillars for local communities that offer welcoming and inclusive environments for players of all abilities, fans, umpires, officials and volunteers.
The players have put in $30M, which is something I know that all professional cricketers in Australia are really proud out.TIM PAINE AUSTRALIAN TEST CAPTAIN
Officially launched in February 2019, there have been two allocations from the Fund to community cricket clubs.
In season 2018/19 over $1.8 million from Australia’s professional cricketers was invested into facilities and equipment grants in season 2018/19, via the Grassroots Cricket Fund.
469 community cricket clubs benefited from the opening year of the funding. $1 million from the players contributed to 140 playing and training facility projects benefiting players and clubs around Australia, while 329 regional and drought affected clubs received a $2,500 equipment grant.
In season 2019-20, the Grassroots Cricket Fund has supported 826 clubs with $2 million in equipment grants, and has provided funding for facilities upgrades around Australia.
Since the beginning of the fund, players have provided $2.8 million in equipment grants to 1,155 clubs, while supporting over 200 clubs with in facilities upgrades and developments.
In addition, the fund will be providing $50,000 to Western Districts Cricket Club on Kangaroo Island, who were deeply affected by the recent bushfires and need help rebuilding.
Aussie Test skipper Tim Paine left these Blackmans Bay District Cricket Club juniors with a moment they'll never forget, popping down to the club in a surprise visit to try and help them get over the line for their first win of the season!
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The words etched on Megan Schutt's skin have inspired a mural at Adelaide's Kenilworth Cricket Club, a club largely comprised of refugees.
Together, Mitch Marsh & Marcus Stoinis show the impact the Grassroots Cricket Fund is having on the lives of many Australians, at all levels of cricket, when they paid a visit to Kardinya Lakes Integrated Cricket Team ❤️️