Junior cricketers get helping hand from Lord’s Taverners

Young cricketers in the Peel region have been given a shot in the arm thanks to the Peel branch of the Lord’s Taverners Australia, who have been supplying aspiring locals with equipment kits.

The branch has been contributing gear to up and comers playing in the Peel Cricket Association for the past two years as they aim to help disadvantage youth in the region gain a chance at reaching higher levels of competition.

Lord’s Taverners president Barrie Hudson said the organisation was thrilled to help out local talent.

“We are very proud each year to be able to raise funds through our events and raffle to support local young people who would otherwise not get the opportunity,” he said.

“We were moved to hear stories during the presentation of this year’s twenty cricket kits to learn about the difference they had made in the lives of many young people.”

The group has been operating out of the Peel region for the past 11 years and is one of 11 Australian branches of the organisation that began at Lord’s Cricket Ground in England.

Since it’s inception into the Peel region, the group has donated more than $100,000 to assist local young people in reaching their full potential.

This has included donations to football camps, wheelchair basketball camps, fishing programs for disadvantaged young people, hay for the horses of the Murray/Mandurah Riding for the Disabled Association and supporting local dancers.

In 2015 Lord’s Taverners signed a partnership with the Peel Cricket Association board, witnessed by WACA chief executive officer Christina Matthews, at a formal signing ceremony.

Both organisations agreed to work together to support disadvantaged young people in the Peel region, particularly in relation to cricket.

“We are pleased to continue to build on our partnership with Lord’s Taverners and the cricket kits continue to make such a difference in the lives of young people who do not experience the social advantages others might,” Peel Cricket board member Peter Ritchie said.

“Over the years junior cricket clubs have been able to provide the kits to young people who are dealing with challenges in their life and the kits have assisted in providing them with the opportunity to play cricket.”

To learn more about Lord’s Taverners work in the Peel Region visit lordstavernerspeel.org.au or to become a member email membership officer Linda Liebenau on membership@lordstavernerspeel.org.au