Former Australian Rugby representative and current NITV Executive Producer of Sport, Mark Ella AM, has been appointed as the Chairman of the new NSW and ACT Indigenous Cricket Advisory Committee.
A joint initiative between Cricket NSW and Cricket ACT, the Indigenous Cricket Advisory Committee will provide strategic guidance to both organisations on how best to get Indigenous communities involved in cricket as a sport of choice while also providing opportunities and assistance to talented Indigenous players to progress in the game.
Ella said he was excited to be leading Indigenous Cricket Advisory Committee.
“I am delighted to be appointed to this new position with the hope of creating realistic pathways for greater Indigenous participation in Australian Cricket at all levels. I urge those who are passionate about cricket as I am, to nominate themselves to be on the Indigenous Cricket Advisory Council and help our next generation of Indigenous cricketing talent achieve their goals,” he said.
Game Development General Manager – NSW/ACT, Cameron French, said the Indigenous Cricket Advisory Committee would help to enhance the programs which are already delivered to Indigenous communities.
“Cricket is a sport for all Australians and we want to make sure that every man, woman and child who wants to get involved, has the opportunity to do so. The Indigenous Cricket Advisory Council will play an important role in helping to shape our strategy for engaging Indigenous communities over the next few years with the aim to make the sport more accessible,” he said.
Following the appointment of Ella, Cricket NSW and Cricket ACT are now calling for persons from the Indigenous community to fill the remaining five positions on the Committee.
Any interested persons should request a nomination form by contacting Martin Garoni at [email protected] or by calling 0400 398 881.
Cricket NSW and Cricket ACT already run a number of programs for Indigenous communities, including working with the Clontarf Foundation which uses sport as a means to encourage young Indigenous men to stay in school.
Cricket NSW staff also travel to remote areas of the State with the NSW Department of Sport and Recreation to deliver participation programs, while Indigenous children receive subsidies to take part in MILO T20 Blast, MILO in2CRICKET and club programs across NSW.