The audit, which formed part of Australian Cricket’s National Cricket Facility Audit project, also determined that of the change facilities provided across WA, only 21 per cent were female-friendly.
Working closely with local government authorities to capture information on all aspects of local cricket facilities, auditors inspected 538 sites across the state, which included 669 ovals, 448 practice facilities and 297 change facilities. At each site auditors were required to answer a host of questions, ranging from the size of the oval, the type and width of the cricket pitch and the number of practice nets, to the quality of the change rooms.
The results of the audit showed the provision of cricket facilities across WA was generally aligned to national averages and showed positive conditions for local cricketers at grassroots level, with 86% of ovals assessed as being in good or excellent condition.
WACA CEO Christina Matthews said the audit, which was the first of its kind conducted in the state, would provide the WACA with a strong foundation to plan for the needs of current and future cricketers.
“The audit was the first step in an ongoing facilities management program which will ensure the state’s cricket facilities meet the needs of our communities,” Ms Matthews said.
“Based on the expected population growth of over 800,000, it was determined a further 245 additional ovals will be required across the state in the next 10 years, which will require a combined planning effort with WA’s schools and local government authorities.
“One of the biggest challenges facing facilities in WA was that of the change facilities provided, only 21% of were female-friendly.
“Australian Cricket is focused on being the leading sport for women and girls, but to do this we must have appropriate facilities available.
“The WACA has commenced work on its Strategic Infrastructure Strategy 2018-28, which will build on the information gathered in the audit to guide the development of new facilities and prioritise addressing issues identified in the audit process.
“We look forward to working with the state’s clubs, associations, schools and local government authorities to create inclusive and inviting environments for all cricket participants.”
The National Cricket Facility Audit, which was completed by state and territories associations in partnership with Cricket Australia in late 2017, incorporated more than 7100 ovals across 5,550 sites across Australia, including government and independent schools and indoor cricket centres.