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. The Foundation prides itself on being an advocate for playing the game as the game should be played.  It collects and displays the heritage of the game while delivering Sir Donald Bradman’s commitment to the future of  playing the game through the education and development of youth  and within the wider community.

In 2010 the Bradman Foundation opened the International Cricket Hall  located inside the Bradman Museum at Bowral, New South Wales. 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  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 expanded Museum, a space dedicated to a deeper exploration of Bradman the man, as well as his incredible cricketing achievements.

The Foundation also regularly hosts  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 Coaching Clinics.

Together with Sir Donald Bradman, the Foundation commenced the Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year Award which is annually announced during the annual Cricket Awards 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.

The Bradman Foundation has recently secured 35,000 vintage prints depicting all the Australian cricket series from 1920 to 1990. The collection was in the US state of Arkansas and represents press photos of cricket images before, during and after the Bradman era.

This acquisition has filled significant gaps in the Bradman Museum’s pictorial collection. It contains images taken by press and freelance photographers capturing the journey of cricket through games, personalities, culture and history for the majority of the 20th century.

Many of the prints have never been seen by the public and are an important visual representation of cricket in and around Australia. These rare photographs are also a great example of wonderful news photography.

The Bradman Foundation’s Coverdrive program uses sport to engage students with disabilities and together they are building a brighter future. Now in its second year, Coverdrive uses sport based activities and values to teach social skills that flow into every aspect of their life. While having fun and learning different skills the students also learn to play together fairly, share, make decisions, be positive, co-operate and have a go.

Amanda Sutton, Head Teacher Support at Bowral High School said,‘One of the senior boys found mainstream sport so intimidating he had increased anxiety about it. He is really enjoying Coverdrive at Bradman Oval. So much so that is has become one of his favourite activities. To see him participate, laugh and join in the way he does is an absolute delight.’

It’s just not cricket. During the cooler months the students are introduced to touch football, soccer and AFL. The Bradman Foundation, a not for profit charity, funds specialist coaches to deliver weekly sessions for the public schools with the help of likeminded charities such as KKKK, Kollege of Knowledge Kommittee for Kids.

Bradman‘s Cricket Officer Jock McIllhatton, head coach of the program, has monitored the success over the past couple of years and said, ‘When we started this program in term one of 2016, the participation rate of those that attended was about 70% and by the end of term it was 100%. The improvement in students’ social skills has been noticed by their teachers in the classroom and on the playground.’ Hence our motto “playing for a brighter future”!

Support for the program is also growing. The AFL has donated 4 size five synthetic footballs that are perfect for teaching the students the basics of the game. The smaller balls are lighter and easier to kick and catch. One Moss Vale High student said, ‘I like to kick the ball and play touch football and play soccer and meet new friends from Bowral High School.’

The number of students participating continues to grow, along with the satisfaction from the coaches, teachers and parents with the outcomes. The Coverdrive program is designed to be a consistent, routine like program of physical activities for children with a range of disabilities. Importantly, the goal is to engage the students through enjoyable and inclusive sporting activities.

Click here for further information regarding the Coverdrive Program.

If you are interested in the Coverdrive Program and/or would like to contribute to the ongoing cost, please contact Rina Hore [email protected].

Have a look at the program.

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