Cricket NSW and Sport4All Partner to Champion Inclusion

Cricket NSW and Sport4All Forge New Partnership to Champion Inclusion in Cricket for People with Disability

Sport4All is proud to announce a groundbreaking partnership with Cricket NSW in 2024. The partnership aims to champion disability inclusion in cricket through education and training initiatives. This collaboration reinforces Cricket NSW’s commitment to fostering an inclusive sporting environment where everyone, including those with disability, feels welcomed and valued. 

“Cricket NSW are delighted to work with Sport4All as an education and training partner on disability inclusion,” expressed Julie Stafford, Female Engagement and Diversity & Inclusion Manager at Cricket NSW. “This partnership will help assist our staff with specific training and offer our volunteers at Clubs and Associations the opportunity to gain practical advice and tips on how to engage people with disabilities at their clubs. Cricket is a Sport For All, and this partnership is important for us to ensure that we are welcoming and inclusive to all.” 

A woman walks with a kid wearing a Cricket Blash pink shirt. She holds a cricket bat under her arm and cricket balls in her right hand. The kid, using a walker, faces the camera and is engaged in conversation with the woman, who is the coach. The coach talks to the child while walking, with her back to the camera. Behind the child stands another person observing the conversation. They are on a cricket pitch with wickets in the background. To the left of this image, Sport4All and Cricket NSW logos are shown.

Sport4All’s knowledge in helping to make sport inclusive will be instrumental in providing tailored education and training resources to Cricket NSW’s staff and volunteers throughout their Associations and Clubs.  Sport4All will host a number of online workshops using the Sport4All fully accessible training platform, which was developed and is presented by people with disability and lived experience of disability.  Cricket NSW aims to empower its community to create more accessible and inclusive cricket environments across New South Wales. 

“We are excited to partner with Cricket NSW to advance disability inclusion in cricket,” commented Elysha O’Neill, NSW/ACT State Manager of Sport4All. “By leveraging our combined expertise and resources, we can make meaningful strides towards ensuring that cricket truly is a sport for all, where individuals of all abilities have the opportunity to participate and thrive.” 

Sport4All Inclusion Coach Jenny Crandell shares the enthusiasm, stating, “At Sport4All, we believe that every individual deserves the chance to experience the benefits of sports. By joining forces with Cricket NSW, we will connect with staff and volunteers and give them the knowledge and confidence to welcome people of All Abilities into their cricket community.” 

This partnership represents a significant milestone in Cricket NSW’s ongoing efforts to create a more inclusive cricketing community, aligned with Sport4All’s mission of promoting inclusivity and accessibility in sports across Australia. 

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Andrew Negrelli

“Inclusive sport matters to me because there is no I in team and everyone is included. Inclusive sport looks like one big happy family all together. I love sport because it keeps me fit and active, and I feel part of a team”

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