Cricket was chosen as the vehicle to provide relief for a number of key reasons, including:
- it is a team sport which encourages collaboration, strategy and a team effort – important transferable skills for school and life
- the amount of side-line time involved in the game creates a discrete opportunity to build relationships and for participants to receive emotional and other support in a relaxed environment
- no previous experience is required – making the program accessible to all abilities and cultures
- it fosters a positive approach to physical activity – enabling young girls to engage sport which enhances their physical and mental welfare.
How are participants selected?
School student services staff nominate participants.
Team Connect notes it is important to be flexible when determining who is eligible to participate and uses a guided list of circumstances to work with schools through this process.
How much does it cost to participate?
Participation is completely free for schools, players and, of course, volunteers.
Who provides uniforms, equipment and kit?
Team Connect provides all uniforms, equipment and kit.
Who provides refreshments?
Team Connect provides a healthy morning tea at matches for participants and their families.
Where do teams train?
Where do teams play?
When do teams play?
The cricket season runs from October to March every year, with a break over the Christmas holidays.
During the season, matches are on a Saturday morning and are usually over by 10.30am.
How do teams get to matches?
Each team’s home ground ise local. Team Connect provides transport to and from away matches for participants and their families if required. The journey is an important part of the program where participants connect and families are given the opportunity to attend and socialise.
What locations does Team Connect cover?
How is Team Connect funded?
What type of organisation is Team Connect?
We are a volunteer-led not-for-profit organisation.