New sponsorship grants support grassroots cricket

TWO of the biggest names in women’s cricket, Ellyse Perry and Meg Lanning, are getting back to their roots in local cricket and calling on clubs to apply for a 2018 CommBank Cricket Club Sponsorship.

Promoting participation at a local level, the CommBank Cricket Club Sponsorship program provides more than $250,000 in support to local clubs around the country every year.

Local clubs can now apply for a two-year sponsorship that provides $2000 a year, as well as new equipment for training and matches.

Captain of the Australian women’s cricket team, Meg Lanning, is a CommBank ambassador and vocal supporter of the sponsorship program.

“Cricket is a big part of my life and I remember vividly my first big match when I was just 14-years-old,” Ms Lanning said.

“I was lucky to have been so supported as a young female in my sporting endeavours and I’m keen to pass the bat to the next generation of cricketers and offer them the same opportunity.”

Over the past five-years, CommBank has provided more than $1 million in grants, sponsorships and cricket gear to nearly 400 cricket clubs around the country.

Southern Stars all-rounder Ellyse Perry said CommBank did an “exceptional job” of supporting local cricket clubs.

“This gives more cricket fans and players the chance to step up to the crease and get involved in Australia’s favourite summer pastime,” she said.

Applications for the 2018 CommBank Cricket Club Sponsorships are open to local cricket clubs across the country until 1 June 2018.

To apply for a 2018 CommBank Cricket Club Sponsorship, visit www.commbank.com.au/cricket.

Caption: Captain of the Australian women’s cricket team Meg Lanning with young cricket players at the launch of the CommBank Cricket Club Sponsorship program.