The recent announcement of a three-year, $15 million
investment will see a significant impact across grass roots participation in
The commitment from Cricket Australia and Commonwealth Bank
will continue the growth of diversity and inclusive programming across
The landmark deal is the single largest investment in
women’s sport and diversity programs ever seen in Australia.
Cricket at all levels will benefit from the watershed
commitment, which includes increasing awareness of and access to pathway
opportunities for girls, growing grass roots cricket and accessibility for all
participants regardless of their background or level of ability, and creating
opportunities for Indigenous players to help them maintain a career in the
Australia’s Blind, Deaf and ID teams will no longer have to
pay to represent their country, with cricket becoming the first non-Paralympian
Australian sport to fully integrate and support its national teams for players
with a disability.
And the investment will also send Australia’s Indigenous
men’s and women’s squads on a tour of England in 2018 as part of plans to
commemorate the famous all-Aboriginal team tour of England in 1868.
The WACA has played a leading role in cultivating participation
growth across a diverse range of participants and has invested significant
resources towards encouraging, promoting and developing opportunities for grass
Over the past four years, the WACA has tripled staffing
around participation areas such as female, multicultural, Aboriginal and
There’s also been a significant financial commitment in
those areas during the same period, such as the $40,000 budget increase for
female participation programs and $30,000 towards Aboriginal participation.
Subsequently last year in WA there was 51,904 female cricket
participants up 32 per cent and 8,535 Aboriginal participants up 27 per cent.
Significantly there was 126 per cent participation growth in
Disability participants and 112 per cent growth in multicultural participants
The WACA as an organisation has also moved to embed this
approach in its core business with various initiatives leading activities that
target diverse communities.
Examples include WACA Talent Development Coordinator Job van
Bunge working with the state’s National Indigenous Cricket Championships’ side
and High Performance coaches Stewart Walters and Wayne Andrews coaching
Australian cricketers with a disability in WA.