In a first for sport in WA, the two-year commitment will see the WACA partner with Inclusion Solutions to use cricket as a vehicle to connect people at risk of social isolation and exclusion.

The partnership will see Inclusion Solution provide training to staff, club administrators and volunteers and access to mentoring for cricket clubs aimed at strengthening operations, knowledge and skills.

The partnership will set the benchmark for social inclusion for sport in the state, with an aim to increase engagement, belonging and contributions to cricket across the community and decrease social isolation.

WACA CEO Ms Christina Matthews said the partnership would see the WACA lead the way in the delivery of inclusive sport in Western Australia.

“We are committed to our vision of making cricket a sport for all and providing opportunities for everyone, no matter their ability, to play or contribute to our great game,” said Ms Matthews.

“Cricket in WA has experienced significant growth over the past five years, reaching 186,382 participants in 2016-17, and we have a responsibility to ensure everyone is supported and able to play.

“We believe that taking a holistic approach to inclusion and diversity and providing clubs and associations with the expertise and tools required to make positive change will create the most effective impact and allow clubs to better connect with their communities.”

Inclusion Solutions General Manager Denver D’Cruz said they were excited about what the partnership would mean for sport in Western Australia.

“The WACA have done a significant amount of work in including all people and proof is in the rise of membership numbers and volunteers, amongst numerous recent outcomes,” said Mr D’Cruz.

“With the Sport 4 All framework from Cricket Australia, the WACA are leading the way in the delivery of inclusive sport in WA.”