The WACA and the WA Aboriginal Cricket Advisory Committee (WAACAC) support many programs that target all areas of the cricket pathway, from grassroots to high performance, for Aboriginal communities.
AUSTRALIAN CRICKET RECONCILIATION ROUND 2020
The inaugural Reconciliation Round for clubs will take from the 1st to 8th of February 2020. This is the same day that Australia and England women will play a Walkabout Wickets Reconciliation match in Canberra.
The WACA encourages clubs around WA to celebrate and acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders peoples and cultures on that weekend. This might mean doing any number of things:
- Connecting with Traditional owners and organising a Welcome to Country
- Doing an acknowledgement to country prior to taking the field
- Connecting with a local Indigenous artist and painting your stumps
- Unveiling a plaque or sign to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land in which your ground is located on.
However, one consistent act we recommend all clubs to get involved in on 1 February 2020 to demonstrate their commitment to Reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous Australians is pre-match for both teams and umpires to remove their shoes join together in a barefoot circle. Each individual is to place their hands on the backs of those next to them as a sign of support and a commitment to walk together toward Reconciliation. Once the commitment is made share images of your commitment on social media using the hashtag #reconciliationround and comment your photo on this Facebook post to win great prizes!
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The WACA and the Western Australian Aboriginal Cricket Advisory Committee (WAACAC) support programs that target all areas of the cricket pathways, from grassroots to high performance of Aboriginal people and communities.
The WAACAC transitioned from the WA Aboriginal Cricket Council (WAACC) as a result of a 2013 report, undertaken by the National Centre for Indigenous Studies (NCIS) from the Australian National University. The researchers were focused on identifying best-practice actions for engaging Indigenous Australians and approached Cricket Australia (CA), which welcomed the opportunity.
Cricket Australia and the ANU in October 2015 released the final report of the pilot project titled “For the Love of the Game”, which provided a comprehensive history of the involvement of Indigenous Australians in cricket and presented a series of recommendations for the sport to guide its ongoing work with Indigenous communities.
One of the key recommendations from the report was for CA and all State and Territory Associations to review the present governance of Indigenous cricket. This included changing the current model and structure of each state and territory to better represent and advocate the needs and opportunities for the development of Indigenous Cricket across the country.
The WACA elected to adopt the advisory committee model for the restructuring of Aboriginal Cricket Governance, leading to the formation last year of the WAACAC as a sub-committee of the WACA Board.
WACA chair Dr Ken Michael sits as co-chair of the WAACAC, alongside esteemed Aboriginal representative Prof Colleen Hayward AM, highlighting the importance the WACA has placed on growing and supporting cricket for Aboriginal people.
The WACA strengthened its support of developing Aboriginal cricket through its creation of the position of Aboriginal Programs Coordinator and the subsequent employment of Larry Kickett, becoming the only state association in Australia to make such an appointment.
WAACAC Vacant Position
The WAACAC is currently looking seeking applications for the role of Independent Member of the Committee. The term is for this role is until December 31, 2022. This position is open to both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal candidates. If you are interested in applying, please send through a copy of your CV, two references and a covering letter that addresses the below selection criteria.
Independent non-Indigenous Committee Members will be appointed based on the following:
- No formal association to a State and or Territory Cricket Association.
- Provide independent judgment in carrying out the responsibilities of a Committee Member.
- Committed to advancing Indigenous cricket strategies.
- Demonstrated leadership and involvement in the community.
Application close on the 31st of January 2020. Applications to be addressed to Roydon McNamara-Smith and sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Ballardong Cricket Academy
Ballardong Cricket Academy is an excellent case study of a cricket program engaging the local community and contributing to crime and anti social behaviour prevention. Boys and girls participate in cricket teams in an after-school program. The program nominates two Under 13 teams in the Northam Junior Cricket Association and one B Grade Team in the Northam Senior Cricket Association.
The program is delivered by a dedicated set of volunteers who fulfil tasks such as coaching, driving the team bus, team management, cooking breakfasts and scoring matches.
The program was initiated by former WA Aboriginal Cricket Council member Mark Davis, a long time Northam resident, who was passionate about getting young students to play cricket. While the program targets Aboriginal youth, non-Aboriginal students and students from neighbouring schools are welcome in the program.
WA Aboriginal Cricket Development Plan
The WACA is seeking input into the formation of the WA Aboriginal Cricket Development Plan. The plan is being developed in partnership with the WA Aboriginal Cricket Advisory Council and seeks to support the development of Aboriginal Cricket in the areas of:
- Sustainable Participation
- Community Engagement and Connection
- Pathways & Programs
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For anyone wanting more information about regarding Aboriginal Cricket, including how to be involved in representative teams, contact Project Officer - Aboriginal Cricket Adam Cockie.