Cricket Australia is fully committed to ensuring cricket is a sport for all Australians as part of its vision to be Australia's favourite sport.
Cricket has been part of the Australian way of life since the mid-1800s but it can always try harder to welcome a wider range of non-traditional participants, including women, indigenous communities, people from non-English speaking backgrounds and people with a disability.
In November 2006, Cricket Australia launched the Disability Action Plan. The program offers greater accessibility and inclusiveness to the sport and was developed in conjunction with the Australian Sports Commission as part of Sports CONNECT.
The program addresses education and training aspects, develops partnerships with nationally-recognised disability groups, formalises pathways and increases awareness and opportunities for people with a disability to be involved in cricket.
As a result, key partnerships have developed with the following National Bodies:
- Australian Sports and Recreation Association for People with an Integration Difficulty (AUSRAPID)
- Blind Cricket Australia
- Deaf Sports Australia
As part of this program, Australian teams have competed at international level in Australia and overseas. The Australian Cricket Team for Players with an Intellectual Disability played a match at the MCG while the Australian Blind Cricket Team played at Adelaide Oval with the full support of the South Australian Cricket Association. Australian teams have also travelled to the UK and South Africa.
Cricket Australia has a strong partnership with The Lord's Taverners Australia, which has supplied funding and resources to enable Australian teams to compete in international series and experience all that tours have to offer. The support of eleven Taverners' Branches has been instrumental in the success of All Abilities Cricket and it is a relationship that Cricket Australia is extremely proud of.
Click on the name to learn more about the following organisations:
Lord's Taverners Australia
Blind Cricket Australia