Cricket Equipment For Kids
Community, Connectedness, Participation, Equality, Sustainability
Cricket4Kids serves as a conduit between Australian sporting teams and communities across the globe. Our focus is the collection, transportation and distribution of cricket equipment to communities in less fortunate circumstances. We believe participation in sport has a positive effect on the psycho-social development of a person, contributing to the breaking down of the cycle of poverty and dependence.
To date, we have collected over 5 tons of equipment (see our 'Inventory Sent' tab for photos and numbers), from around Australia and established a network of business partners in Australia and across 16 countries stretching from the Pacific to Rwanda.
These partnerships help ensure Cricket4kids’ objectives are met with equipment reaching some of the most vulnerable and underprivileged people in developing countries. In-country communities assess equipment needs, organise local business support for shipping costs and evaluate the effectiveness of the use of equipment. This creates an initiative where communities connect and participate.
We at Cricket4kids believe this initiative also serves to inspire Australian cricketing society to be more engaged in the spirit and language of glocal cricket. We aim to expand individual’s and clubs’ cricketing experiences beyond their clubs to the world where cricket serves such an important psycho-social role.
Thanks to our major sponsor Storage King, Cricket4kids now collects equipment in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, and Canberra.
Recipient countries of equipment
Australia (Indigenous and asylum seeker organisations), Cook Islands, East Timor, India Indonesia, Fiji, Kenya, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Rwanda, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tonga, Vanuatu.
In addition to this we have equipment packed and ready to ship to Afghanistan’s schools program in the coming months.
The team at Cricket 4 Kids are inspirational. Their generosity in volunteering time and energy to procure cricket equipment to support developing nations has had a direct impact in Cook Islands Cricket affording to support the growth of cricket in the country which within the past two years has raised its junior participation numbers from 50 to 3000, 6 women's teams to 32 and spread to 8 addition islands. I strongly urge every corporate to take the opportunity to affiliate themselves with a productive, innovative and passionate volunteer organisation and in doing so make a direct contribution to the development of cricket, and most especially, the lives of youth in the Pacific.
- Alister Stević - Chief Executive Officer - Cook Islands Cricket