Wembley Districts Junior Cricket Club has been named the Community Cricket Club of the Year and Bassendean Junior Cricket Club won the Partnership of the Year award.

Western Australia Cricket Association General Manager - Community Cricket Jo Davies said these awards provide a fantastic opportunity to showcase the brilliant work being achieved by the WA cricket community.

“The dedication and spirit of our incredible volunteers and the Community Cricket team at the WACA doesn’t go unnoticed and I am so proud of how we’ve worked together to create, nurture and support our local communities through cricket,” she said.

“Sharing their stories and achievements will hopefully inspire other clubs and individuals to continue to develop new ways to build stronger connections with their participants.

“It is very fitting that it is National Volunteers Week, a week we can thank and celebrate the great things our volunteers are doing to unite and inspire healthy communities through our great game.”

Wembley Districts JCC has developed a fun, healthy and more inclusive environment for all its participants through its delivery of a number of support programs and specialist clinics.

The Club has created a strong pathway that supports female players at all levels which is overseen by their newly created role of Female Cricket Ambassador. The Club also now offers a complete pathway for players with a disability from the age of five through to their Senior Integrated program.

Strong ties within the local community, including Autism Association of WA, Rotary Club of Cambridge, the Town of Cambridge, local schools and Inclusion Solutions, has seen the Club find new and innovative ways to engage with new participants.

Bassendean Junior Cricket Club partnered with Brightwater Oats Street Rehabilitation Program, to offer people with an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) the chance to work at the Club to assist with their transition back into the workforce.

Clients of Brightwater Oats Street run the canteen and have developed strong customer service skills, cooking skills and taken on many other duties including stock control. The partnership has helped the clients develop their own social skills and has contributed to creating an inclusive club environment.