About The Bradman Foundation
The Bradman Foundation, a non-profit charitable trust, was established in 1987 with the full support of Sir Donald Bradman AC to promote cricket as a valuable cultural and sporting force within the community.
In 2010 the Foundation opened the International Cricket Hall of Fame located in Bowral, New South Wales. This new facility had its origins in the popular Bradman Museum, which existed to collect, preserve and exhibit Australia’s cricketing heritage. This remit has now been expanded to reflect the place and contribution of the game of cricket in world history. The new visitor experience was made possible by a $6.5 million grant issued in 2008 by the Federal Government to officially acknowledge the centenary of Sir Donald Bradman’s birth.
The Foundation’s dedication to honour the contribution Sir Donald Bradman made to the game of cricket during his lifetime is now found in the Bradman Gallery located at the heart of The International Cricket Hall of Fame, a space dedicated to a deeper exploration of Bradman the man, as well as his incredible cricketing achievements.
The Foundation also regularly hosts exhibition matches and special events on the adjacent historic and picturesque Bradman Oval. A special focus by the Foundation is the development of youth through cricket. This goal is reflected through the opportunities offered by the Foundation to young cricketers which include university scholarships, sponsorship of youth cricket, and the long-established annual Bradman Coaching Camps.
Together with Sir Donald Bradman, the Foundation commenced the Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year Award which is annually announced during the annual Allan Border Medal dinner evening in Melbourne. Run in conjunction with Cricket Australia, the recipient, chosen as an outstanding young player of the season, is awarded a Sir Donald Bradman autographed cricket bat. Sir Donald autographed just 99 of these bats for this special award. This program commenced in 1989 and will remain for the lifetime of the bats.
In late 2010 The Bradman Foundation received a boost from the NSW Government in the form of $7.4 million to support further development of The International Cricket Hall of Fame and the Bradman Oval precinct. The project includes:
- expansion of display content within the five new galleries including the development of an Interactive Classroom Connect Program which will connect the facility to global educational institutions via Australia’s Academic and Research Network (AARNet); and
- an upgrade of the heritage-listed Bradman Oval to a world class standard enabling higher level matches to be played at the facility.