We formed a club pathway for Croxton School students, all of whom have disabilities.
With the support of Cricket Victoria and Cricket Australia, we offered a mix of school and club playing opportunities to create a long lead in time from school to club, and better support parents’ understanding of club sport.
Teachers from the school also volunteered their time at the club to help in the transition.
The partnership proved highly successful. A T20 blast competition is now up and running at the school, and an IN2CRICKET program at the club.
It has also provided casual employment for two Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning students who initially started as volunteers with the T20 blast competition, and have since been provided paid employment.
Croxton School students are under-represented in out-of-school physical activity and sport, with less than two per cent of the student population undertaking any community activities. Around 60 per cent also experience social and economic disadvantage.
The school had registered a significant number of enquiries from parents to PE staff about finding community sport opportunities outside school and was exploring opportunities with two local clubs, one of which was Edinburgh Cricket Club.
Around two per cent of cricket players nationally have a disability. As Edinburgh Cricket Club is one of Victoria’s biggest clubs and for more than 40 years our core mission has been to “Provide Cricket for All”, we saw the opportunity to work with Croxton students as mutually beneficial.
Additionally, we could see scope for many non-playing opportunities where students and families could become involved.
Our T20 blast competition at the school attracted 70 participating students. Our club IN2CRICKET program subsequently attracted 20 players.
The programs have also led to Cricket Victoria providing casual employment for two Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning students who started out by assisting with the T20 blast competition.
We are now looking to evaluate the social impact of the club program.