Cricket clubs across the Thunder Nation are the beneficiaries of the latest round of HomeWorld Helpers Grants.
Pendle Hill Colts Cricket Club, BlowFly Cricket and the Merimbula Knights Cricket Club all received financial support to help them continue to inspire the next generation of cricketers.
Kelly Baird, Junior Coordinator of Pendle Hill Colts and Coach of the Under 13 Thunder Girls Cricket League team, has helped with the growth of girl’s cricket, with the support of Jim Juillerat and other club volunteers.
“The 2018/19 season saw the formation of the first ever all-female cricket team for the Pendle Hill Colts Cricket. This was an exceptional achievement as only one of the nine young women had played club cricket previously,” Baird said.
“As a club, we're committed to supporting female cricket and recognise its growth as an important factor in the sustainability of cricket, particularly at the grassroots level.”
The HomeWorld Helpers Grant has enabled the club to provide sufficient equipment to support the growth in participation numbers.
“With the support of the HomeWorld Helpers Grant, we were able to purchase three new full kits for our junior players,” Baird said.
“This grant has meant the provision of quality gear as a means for supporting equity and inclusiveness in our club. We don't want any child to miss out on playing cricket because the cost of supplying their own gear is prohibitive.”
Mark Rushton, Founder of BlowFly Cricket, has been able to allocate the funds from the HomeWorld Helpers Grant to ensure the development of young coaches in the program.
BlowFly Cricket is an organisation that works to provide a non-competitive inclusive sport for children and adults with special needs and/or intellectual disabilities.
Through the HomeWorld Helpers Grant, BlowFly Cricket has been able to provide uniform and equipment for the coaches, as part of the ‘Uncoachables Coaching the Uncoachables’ initiative, where accredited Community Cricket coaches deliver cricket programs to special needs schools.
“The HomeWorld Helpers Grant has been a wonderful injection of funding for our eight ‘Uncoachable’ coaches. Our all ability coaches will now look so professional in their new uniforms and have their own equipment kits when they coach at BlowFly Cricket Centres and other all ability inclusive events,” Rushton said.
“We as an all ability, inclusive, community organisation are extremely proud of the development and progress of our ‘Uncoachables Coaching the Uncoachables’ program and are very grateful for the support of the HomeWorld Helpers Grant. Thank you, Sydney Thunder.”
Adrian Wels, President of Merimbula Knights Cricket Club, is excited about the greater impact the financial support will have for his club and the surrounding areas on NSW south coast.
“The HomeWorld Helpers Grant will assist us enormously to grow cricket in Merimbula. Our nets have been in poor repair, creating a number of safety issues. Now we will be able train a number of age groups simultaneously with the flow on effects of cross age mentoring and greater unity as a club,” Wels said.
“Our nets, when repaired, using the HomeWorld Helpers Grant, will better allow access for the juniors and our net can now be used as a base for our Far South Coast representative teams as well.”
HomeWorld, Major Partner of Sydney Thunder, continues to support the development of cricket across the Thunder Nation and this is at the core of their mission.
HomeWorld CEO Phil Jones is once again delighted to support grassroots cricket across the Thunder Nation.
“HomeWorld truly values its partnership with Sydney Thunder and it’s fantastic to be able to give back financially and support local cricket clubs with the meaningful projects they run,” Jones said.
“We know that the HomeWorld Helpers Grant is put to good use to help foster the next generation of cricketers across the Thunder Nation.”
HomeWorld Helpers Grant Recipients
BlowFly Cricket: Purchase of uniforms for Community Cricket coaches in the ‘Uncoachables Coaching the Uncoachables’ initiative.
Pendle Hill Colts Cricket Club: Purchase of new cricket equipment for junior cricket teams.
Merimbula Knights Cricket Club: Replacing the nylon netting in practice cricket nets and permanently pad metal supports (of the nets).
For more information please contact Sydney Thunder.