Queensland Cricket (QC) has partnered with the Queensland Government to fund projects aimed at driving inclusive cricket participation across the state as part of the Active Industry Fund.
The Active Industry Fund will see Queensland Cricket undertake Indigenous, social, regional Queensland and Cricket Blast School programs, as well as piloting educational, coaching, mentoring and administration projects.
QC is the second state sporting body to partner with the Queensland Government on the Active Industry Fund after Netball Queensland’s partnership was announced in September.
Queensland Cricket Chief Executive Officer, Terry Svenson, thanked Minister de Brenni for his commitment to growing cricket across the state.
“The Active Industry Fund is a great initiative from the Queensland Government and Queensland Cricket is proud to be a launch partner.
“QC’s purpose is to unite and inspire Queenslanders through cricket, and today’s partnership announcement will allow us to do this.
“Specifically, it will help us grow cricket and provide great experiences for fans across the state through our schools, Cricket Blast and Deadly Cricket programs.
Minister de Brenni confirmed that this is the second of six pilot partnerships with state-level sport and recreation organisations as part of the new $32 million, three-year Active Industry Fund.
“The Palaszczuk Government is padded up and ready to smash it out of the park when it comes to cricket participation in Queensland,” Mr de Brenni said.
“This partnership will see more free social cricket opportunities for women in an unstructured environment.
“Indigenous children and young people in remote and regional communities will be bowled over by Deadly Cricket – which will bring more physical activity, education and employment opportunities.
“And mentors will spearhead a support program that brings meaningful personal development and high-performance sporting opportunities for marginalised Queenslanders through Intellectually Disabled, Blind, Deaf, Indigenous and Country squads.
“Together we’ll be delivering targeted cricket programs, events and infrastructure where they have the most impact, helping clubs become stronger and providing clear pathways for talented girls and coaches.”
The Fund forms a key part of Activate! Queensland, the state’s first 10-year, $1.3 billion strategy to encourage all levels of community participation whilst also supporting elite athletes and world-class venues.
Minister de Brenni also advised that work would begin in 2020 on the $18.3 million National Cricket Campus at Allan Border Field and Wavell Heights.