2020-21 Community Cricket National Award Winners:
Leschenault Cricket Club - Community Cricket Club of the Year
Kingsley Woodvale Junior Cricket Club - Community Partnership of the Year
Bateman Junior Cricket Club - Inclusion and Diversity Initiative of the Year
Bouncer Indoor Sports - Indoor Facility of the Year

Western Australian Cricket Association General Manager - Community Cricket Jo Davies said;

“I am incredibly proud of our four national award winners and the work they are doing in creating, nurturing and supporting our local communities through cricket.

“These awards present a great opportunity to showcase the exceptional work our clubs and volunteers are achieving and hopefully their recognition inspires other clubs to continue to develop stronger ties within their local communities.

“It’s fitting that these national awards fall on National Volunteers Week, an important week where we celebrate and recognise the tireless efforts and dedication of each and every cricket volunteer.”

Leschenault offers opportunities for participants of all abilities from their entry level programs through to senior. The Club has introduced a range of new programs, including StarBlast for kids with a disability, the Leschenault Girls Can program and Boost program for players looking to play representative cricket or progress into senior teams.

Being a Good Sports Club, Leschenault promotes healthy eating practices and responsible consumption of alcohol and is very supportive of their volunteers, recently introducing an award to acknowledge the work and effort volunteers put in on and off the field.

Kingsley Woodvale partnered with Creaney Education Support Centre and North Metro TAFE students to support kids with a disability in their StarBlast program. The partnership has enabled the Club to grow its entry level program participation numbers and demonstrate their commitment to inclusion and diversity, offering opportunity for kids who have traditional barriers to sporting inclusion to be a part of a community cricket club.

Bateman has established strong partnerships with their local education support centres and local government communities which has resulted in significant participation growth in their inclusive cricket programs.

Their Youth Integrated Cricket League team has increased from four participants to 13 over the season, including two females and three Indigenous players.

Bouncer Indoor Sports caters for a range of competition sports and has created strong community links with local junior cricket clubs to raise the profile of indoor cricket and encourage men, women, boys and girls to continue playing cricket all year round, particularly during the off season.

Supported by the WACA, the facility runs Woolworths Cricket Blast programs during the year and hosts ‘come and try’ days to encourage participation and attract new entry level players.

Geraldton Regional Cricket Board were runners-up in the Women and Girls Initiative of the Year for their commitment to growing opportunities for women and girls playing cricket. Last season saw registered female cricket blast participation grow from four to more than 250.