The partnership will see the realisation of the Sporting Chance Fund, which is a joint initiative that generates revenue through fundraising initiatives undertaken by Lord’s Taverners Australia at the national level and will be supported by Cricket Australia.
The A Sport For All Program aims to grow cricket participation amongst these communities through entry level programs, schools, clubs and modified programs. It is also developing diverse cricketers, coaches, umpires, administrators and officials and further positioning cricket as a sport accessible to all Australians.
Cricket Australia CEO, James Sutherland welcomed the partnership.
“With more than 1.4 million participants in our sport last year, we’re excited to be able to team up with Lord’s Taverners Australia to deliver this new initiative.
“By 2020, we are hoping to inject in excess of $2 Million back into our A Sport For All Program, which will assist grass roots cricket throughout Australia in expanding and improving the experience for participants in their diversity programs.
“Our partnership with the Commonwealth Bank will be vital to this. Centred around our A Sport For All program, funds from the Bank's sponsorship creates new opportunities for diversity and growth in cricket participation. Complementary to this, we welcome the partnership with Lord’s Taverners and the organisation's ambitions to support and grow cricket in Australia,” said Mr. Sutherland.
Paul Sheahan AM, national president of the Lord’s Taverners Australia was excited about the opportunity the new partnership would bring.
"In partnership with Cricket Australia, this is a wonderful chance for the Taverners to significantly expand opportunities for Australians of all abilities across the nation to realise their dreams. The Taverners relish what lies ahead and feel excited that new areas of support will emerge for the benefit of women, the blind, hearing and intellectually impaired, and Indigenous Australians," said Mr Sheahan.