Quinns Rocks Junior Cricket Club claimed three awards including Community Cricket Club of the Year, Team Connect took out the Community Cricket Initiative of the Year gong while Inclusion Solutions won Partner Organisation of the Year.

Western Australian Cricket Association General Manager of Community Cricket Jo Davies said it was a fantastic way to showcase all the good work that’s happening in our Community Cricket area.

“I am so proud of our dedicated and passionate volunteers as well as the role the WACA Community Cricket team plays in helping support them and many more junior clubs across the state,” Ms Davies said.

“Being able to showcase the amazing work by Quinns Rock JCC, Team Connect and Inclusion Solutions through A Sport For All Awards is a fantastic opportunity.

“We can share their stories and successes to hopefully inspire other clubs and volunteers with new ideas, as well as provide motivation to our clubs to keep doing great things that unite and inspire our communities through cricket.

“National Volunteers Week is also a great opportunity to say thank you to all our incredible and hardworking volunteers in WA cricket, because our sport would simply not survive without them.”

Along with claiming Community Cricket Club of the Year, Quinns Rocks JCC took out the Junior Cricket Program of the Year and Club Stalwart Toby Morrell was crowned Junior Cricket Champion of the Year, for his countless hours of devotion to helping the clubs coaches, parents, players and team managers at the club.

President of Quinns Rocks JCC Daniel Shortill said he was extremely proud of his club just for being nominated.

“The reality of it is that the worst we could have done is finish as the second best Junior Cricket Club in Australia, which is a huge achievement,” Mr Shortill said.

“If you don’t have volunteers, you don’t have a club.

“No one gets paid for it, all kinds of people step up and take on all sorts of jobs and without them we simply wouldn’t have a club.

“I’m extremely proud of our club, and the WACA has been a pleasure to work with.

“I have a lot of admiration for WACA CEO Christina Matthews. We, along with many other community clubs, have received strong support from Christina and feel appreciated for the work we do.”

The WACA and Inclusion Solutions joined forces in 2018 to work in partnership to promote cricket as a sport for all Western Australians.

The partnership has seen Inclusion Solutions provide training to staff, club administrators and volunteers, and access to mentoring for cricket clubs aimed at strengthening operations, knowledge and skills in the area of inclusion and diversity.

Last season saw Inclusion Solutions and the WACA mentor 12 clubs and associations and its volunteers, to help them achieve a more inclusive community.

Team Connect aims to link girls at secondary schools in low socio-economic areas to a local junior cricket club to give girls a sense of belonging and a connection to their local community.

Run by Cricket Australia’s 2017 National Volunteer of the Year, Margie Oldfield, the program has made a significant impact in its first season with two new girls teams at Ascot Eagles Junior Cricket Club and Thornlie Junior Cricket Club for the 2018-19 Season.

The work of Team Connect has changed the lives of players, their families and the teachers and volunteers who support the team.