Sponsorship of the State Under 16 Taverners Grade Competition. The winners of this annual event receive the Taverners Cup.
Sponsorship of an Indigenous youth Cricketer on the Wanderers’ annual Queensland Country Tour.
Sponsorship with the Adam Gilchrist Foundation in supporting an underprivileged female youth cricketer.
Help with the upgrading of the Blind Cricketers’ Clubhouse kitchen.
Help with the upgrading of a cricket pitch after the floods.
Initiated to assist with the identification and coaching of disadvantaged cricketers, in particular cricketers with an intellectual disability. Queensland Lord’s Taverners committee member, Nev Paulsen, a previous manager and assistant coach of the Australian team in 2009 and 2011 has been conducting a yearly talent identification and cricket coaching visit to outback regions of Southern and South West Queensland since 2014. Regions visited include Chinchilla, Taroom, Mitchell, Charleville, Cunnamulla, St George, Goondiwindi, Toowoomba, Murgon, Gympie and Warwick.
Other disadvantaged cricketers including Indigenous and deaf players are also involved in the talent identification and coaching skill activities. The Indigenous cricketers can progress to playing in the National Indigenous cricket championships held in Alice Springs each February. These championships are sponsored by Lord’s Taverners Australia.
First held in 1994 in the Northern Territory as a community-based event between Alice Springs and Tennant Creek, the Imparja Cup has grown to become a premier fixture on the national cricket calendar.
Cricket Australia's national talent manager Greg Chappell attended the 20th anniversary Imparja Cup and went away impressed by the organisation and the talent on show.
It was his first visit to the competition and a real boost to the 38 teams and 500 players from around the nation.
Chappell said that Cricket Australia's search for talented cricketers spanned the country, and the Imparja Cup provided a week-long advertisement for the nation's indigenous talent pool. “It links the participants to the high performance system and hopefully someday will lead to a Baggy Green,” he said.
The Lord's Taverners supports the Australian team. Australian Blind Cricket Carnivals (Championships) are conducted bi-annually and are held in State rotation around Australia. At our 2014 National Council we presented a $15,000 cheque to Ray Moxley, President of Blind Cricket, Australia.
The Lord's Taverners supports the Australian team in the quadrennial Deaf Cricket Ashes, played between Australia and England.
The Lord’s Taverners Tri-Cricket series is for players with an intellectual disability and is contested by Australia, England and South Africa every two years.
The Australian team is supported by a partnership between Cricket Australia, the Lord’s Taverners and Sports Inclusion Australia.
Sports Inclusion Australia is a national body which works with organisations such as Cricket Australia to assist them include programs for people with integration difficulties.
Lord’s Taverners has been associated with Sports Inclusion Australia since 1993 and the partnership has provided the framework for the development of cricket and indoor cricket for players with an intellectual disability.
Being accepted and acknowledged for their skill and ability within sport has given many the increased self esteem necessary to gain meaningful employment and ultimately make a significant contribution to their community.
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