Werder was a fitting winner in the category that celebrates the positive impact cricket volunteers have in local communities after launching the Cricket4Every1 program in 2018-19.

Cricket4Every1 is a joint initiative between the Magpies and the Mackay District Special School, run in consultation with Queensland Cricket, that provides students with a four-week course to enjoy cricket in a fun, safe and inclusive environment.

The program was not only embraced by students, with two having joined junior clubs after undertaking the course, but also the local community who raised $15,000 for the Mackay District Special School.

Darren was one of three Queensland A Sport for All Finalists, with the Gold Coast Dolphins shortlisted as Premier Club of the Year and Mick Varidel from the Western Suburbs Districts Cricket Club nominated in the Junior Champion of the Year category.

The A Sport for All Awards are run to coincide with National Volunteer Week, with Cricket Australia’s Acting Executive Manager of Community Cricket Kieran McMillan paying tribute to the passionate people who keep the game running.

“These awards are all about celebrating the best of community cricket throughout Australia and acknowledging the dedication of volunteers to the game. Last night and all throughout National Volunteer Week we have shone a light on the people who dedicate hours of their own time to create happier, healthier and more connected local communities.

“I am always amazed by the stories of initiatives that start in lounge rooms and sometimes end up as solutions to problems on a national level. Cricket’s volunteers are a constant source of inspiration and a key reason why our game holds a special place in Australian society.”