Queensland Sports Minister Mick de Brenni was at Allan Border Field on Sunday for the Brisbane Heat’s Women’s Big Bash League Festival Weekend where he announced his government would fund projects aimed at driving inclusive cricket participation across the state as part of the Active Industry Fund. 

The Active Industry Fund will see Queensland Cricket undertake Indigenous, social, regional Queensland and Cricket Blast School programs, as well as piloting educational, coaching, mentoring and administration projects.

QC is the second state sporting body to partner with the Queensland Government on the Active Industry Fund after Netball Queensland’s partnership was announced in September. 

Queensland Cricket Chief Executive Officer Terry Svenson thanked Minister de Brenni for his commitment to growing cricket across the state. 

“The Active Industry Fund is a great initiative from the Queensland Government and Queensland Cricket is proud to be a launch partner.

“QC’s purpose is to unite and inspire Queenslanders through cricket, and today’s partnership announcement will allow us to do thisSpecifically, it will help us grow cricket and provide great experiences for fans across the state through our schools, Cricket Blast and Deadly Cricket programs.

“Thank you to Minister de Brenni and his colleagues who are leading the way in ensuring our future generations can enjoy cricket and lead active and healthy lives.”

Minister for Sport Mick de Brenni said the historic QC and Queensland Government partnership would rival that of the great Matthew Hayden and Justin Langer.

“The Palaszczuk Government is padded up and ready to smash it out of the park when it comes to cricket participation in Queensland,” said Mr de Brenni.

“This partnership will see more free social cricket opportunities for women in an unstructured environment.

“Indigenous children and young people in remote and regional communities will be bowled over by Deadly Cricket – which will bring more physical activity, education and employment opportunities.

“And mentors will spearhead a support program that brings meaningful personal development and high-performance sporting opportunities for marginalised Queenslanders through Intellectually Disabled, Blind, Deaf, Indigenous and Country squads.

“Together we’ll be delivering targeted cricket programs, events and infrastructure where they have the most impact, helping clubs become stronger and providing clear pathways for talented girls and coaches.”

QC’s Active Industry Fund partnership with the State Government will commence in January 2020.