YOUNG Beaudesert cricketers should soon have some new gear to play with, thanks to a two-year sponsorship from the Beaudesert Commbank branch.
Beaudesert Cricket Club was awarded with the sponsorship at a presentation on December 4 at Everdale Park, Gleneagle. The CommBank Cricket Club Sponsorship program provides local clubs with two years of funding worth $2000 a year, with much-needed new equipment for training and matches.
Beaudesert CommBank manager Louise Moir said the bank was Cricket Australia’s longest-standing partner and had helped bring more players, whether they be grassroots local, multicultural, Indigenous, people with disability or elite females to the pitch and into the limelight.
Ms Moir said in the past five years alone, CommBank had provided more than $1 million dollars in grants, sponsorships and cricket gear to 395 local cricket clubs around the country.
“We are thrilled to be supporting Beaudesert Cricket Club,” she said.
“They provide opportunities for our local cricketers to develop their skills and the club also plays such an important role in our community.”
Beaudesert Cricket Club treasurer Leigh Morgan said one of the parents at the club had put in for a grant with Commbank about three years ago.
“Her children are no longer in the juniors but we are over the moon about getting the sponsorship now,” she said.
“It’s brilliant because we can now get some new equipment and training gear for each age group.
‘We are a growing club and we have six junior teams this year so this has been great news for us.”
Australian international cricket star Ellyse Perry said Commbank sponsorship made a big difference to the sport.
“Local clubs will always be the foundation of cricket in Australia, fostering talent, friendly competition and the love of the game,” she said.
“Cricket clubs like Beaudesert Cricket Club help make the game more accessible to players and fans.
“This additional funding and equipment makes a huge difference for both the club and sport.”