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HomeWorld supports grassroots cricket across the Thunder Nation

24 April 2020

The Ponds Cricket Club

HomeWorld Helper Grants awarded to local cricket clubs

Cricket clubs across the Thunder Nation benefited from HomeWorld Helper Grants last summer.

Trundle Cricket Club, The Ponds Cricket Club, Jordan Springs Cricket Club, Bookham Cricket Club and Bankstown Cricket Club all received financial support to help them continue to inspire the next generation of cricketers.

Irwin Pereira, President of The Ponds Cricket Club, said the grant helped to support the growth of girl’s cricket at his club.

“In 2019, we decided to put forth our first girls’ team. The initial plan was to be able to put forward one full team, but due to the high ongoing development in The Ponds, we were able to put forward two teams. This was a massive achievement not only for the club but the whole cricket community, the girls were so excited and without them and their enthusiasm none of this would have been possible,” said Pereira.

“I would like to give a big thanks to HomeWorld, we couldn't be more grateful for the generous grant they gave us which went to getting the girls their own uniform, different to the boys one to make them stand out and feel special as well as brand new equipment for training.”

Matt Ellis, Far West Cricket Manager, said the grant provided invaluable financial support for the Trundle Cricket Club.

“It has been a tough few years for drought affected cricket communities in Far West NSW. When Trundle Cricket Club were looking to update their player uniforms, the HomeWorld Helpers Grant provided a fantastic avenue to ease the financial burden of doing so,” said Ellis.

“The kids love wearing a team uniform and the shirts that the club have purchased through the HomeWorld Helpers Grant look magnificent.”

Meanwhile, the Jordan Springs Cricket Club, a new club playing in the Penrith Junior Cricket Association for the first time, used its grant to purchase equipment and cricket balls to be used during matches and training.

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.

Trudi Busch, Director of Marketing, Sponsorship and Community at HomeWorld, is once again delighted to support grassroots cricket across the Thunder Nation.

“HomeWorld is proud to continue to support local Cricketing communities by providing these grants,” said Busch.

“Extending our partnership with Sydney Thunder to provide funding at a grassroots level is important to us.

“Cricket can play a significant role in promoting the importance of positive mental health and wellbeing, it brings people together and fosters community spirit. HomeWorld is therefore committed to do what we can to grow participation and help local cricket clubs provide inclusive environments for all players.”

For more information, please contact Sydney Thunder.