Cricketers with a Disability
The WACA strives for cricket to be A Sport For All and has joined with a number of key partners to help achieve that goal in the community.
- The WACA has fundamental skill development programs and cricket carnivals available to schools and Education Support Centres free of charge
- Programs can be delivered by teachers or with the assistance of WACA staff
- To find out more about School Programs or register as a School Ambassador, head here
Woolworths Cricket Blast
Woolworths Cricket Blast is the best way to learn the skills of the game, in a safe and fun filled environment. Woolworths Cricket Blast is perfect for players new to the game or who wish to hone their skills before moving into other junior cricket programs. Several clubs offer Integrated Woolworths Cricket Blast programs where people with disability, or any ability level, are able to participate alongside everyone else, but in a more relaxed and supported environment. To find your nearest club, head to PlayCricket.
Belt Up Integrated Cricket League Initiative
The Belt Up Integrated Cricket League (ICL) is a competition that offers people the opportunity to play community cricket, in a format and environment that is suitable for those who have found barriers in traditional formats of cricket.
The competition is open to anyone who feels the format and standard is the right fit for them. Players often begin playing in the ICL before moving into other grades at the club. The ICL has Youth (High School aged) and Seniors (16+) divisions.ICL games occur every three weeks in an inclusive format for all players with games going for approximately 2 hours. To find your nearest club email the WACA's Inclusion and Diversity Specialist firstname.lastname@example.org
The Insurance Commission has partnered with the WACA to provide $1 million for community cricket, including the ICL. The Insurance Commission funding will go towards purchasing independence-enabling equipment for ICL players and teams, improved training resources for players, clubs and volunteers, and promotion of the ICL as an accessible and inclusive competition for people with disability.
The ICL is supported by the Insurance Commission as community cricket is a pathway for people with disability to increase their independence and be engaged within the community. The Insurance Commission provides care and compensation to people with disabilities acquired in vehicle crashes and at work.
Autism in Cricket Program
The Autism in Cricket program is about getting everyone who has a love of cricket involved in the game or their local club. The program breaks down the barriers for participation to ensure each player, volunteer and their families are supported in linking in with the cricket club best suited to their goals. With 9 endorsed clubs linked into the program, the Autism in Cricket team have provided close support and resources to these clubs throughout the season.
If you are currently a representative of a club that would make a great addition to the program, or if you are looking to play cricket, be part of a team on or off the field, or link up with your local club, this is the right program for you! Find out how you can join us next season, visit autismincricket.com.au
You can also join the Autism in Cricket Facebook group to be a part of a great cricket community.
National Cricket Inclusion Championships
- Annual T20 competition with divisions for ID, Blind and Deaf Cricket
- WA has representative teams in all three divisions
- For more information, please email the WACA's Inclusion and Diversity Specialist email@example.com
- Australia has representative teams for Intellectual Disability, Blind Cricket and Deaf Cricket
- Thanks to the A Sport For All CommBank partnership, national representatives' travel and team costs are fully-funded, making cricket the first non-Paralympic sport in Australia to support its athletes in such a way.
We are always on the lookout for new talented cricketers with disability. If you or someone you know would like to get involved please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Striker Leeming Indoor Cricket
Regular indoor cricket sessions for cricketers with a disability. The sessions run on a Monday night at Striker Leeming Indoor Sports Centre. For more information about these sessions and how to get involved please call Striker Leeming on 9313 9700.
Guildford Indoor Cricket
Regular indoor cricket sessions for cricketers with a disability. These sessions run on a Friday night at Guildford Indoor Sports Centre. For more information about these sessions and how to get involved, please email Lisa Duffield.
Lord's Taverner's State Team
The Lord's Taverners State Team is a WA representative indoor cricket team. The Lord's Taverners Shield is a national competition run by Cricket Australia for players with an intellectual disability. The team is supported in administration by Inclusion WA and also receives support from the WACA and Indoor Sports WA.
For more information or to try out for the team, please contact Rob Rogerson