EastWeb’s small grant to support the Lucknow Indigenous Cricket Program in 2013 has enabled Indigenous children in the Gippsland region to take part in a lively organised local cricket competition.
The Lucknow Cricket Club realised that Indigenous children face numerous barriers to participating in sport and becoming involved in community organisations. These barriers include transport, registration fees, equipment, uniforms, coaching and meals.
The Lucknow Indigenous Cricket Program removes these barriers, including the cost of a minibus that travels around before training sessions and games to pick up kids. By providing children with the opportunity to learn the rules and skills of cricket and play for a team, the Program makes playing sport an achievable activity for children from all backgrounds and stimulates greater involvement of Indigenous children in the local community.
The funds granted by EastWeb provided transport, equipment, uniforms, coaching, meals and subsidised registration fees.
The Lucknow Indigenous Cricket Program continues to go from strength to strength, and some Indigenous participants have played representative cricket for the State Indigenous team.
Click here to see a video of the Lucknow Indigenous Cricket Program in action!
The Lucknow Indigenous Cricket Program also receives support from Cricket Victoria.
EastWeb is a philanthropic fund dedicated to reducing disadvantage and promoting social change among indigenous, asylum seeker and refugee communities. For our granting criteria please refer to the “Grants” section at eastweb.org.au or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.