WESTERN AUSTRALIAN CRICKET INFRASTRUCTURE STRATEGY 2019-2028 - Waca

 
WESTERN AUSTRALIAN CRICKET INFRASTRUCTURE STRATEGY 2019-2028 - Waca
WESTERN AUSTRALIAN CRICKET INFRASTRUCTURE STRATEGY
2019-2028
WESTERN AUSTRALIAN CRICKET INFRASTRUCTURE STRATEGY 2019-2028 - Waca
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

                                                                  The Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA) wish to acknowledge the significant contribution
                                                                  made by a number of stakeholders in the development of the Western Australian Cricket Infrastructure
                                                                  Strategy (WACIS).
                                                                  The WACA acknowledges the support provided by the Western Australian Government through the
                                                                  Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries in co-funding this project and its
                                                                  representation on the Project Control Group (PCG).
                                                                  Thanks also go to Cricket Australia for the funding support and contribution of resourcing to the PCG.
                                                                  Local Government are a key stakeholder in the WACIS as the provider of the majority of cricket facilities.
                                                                  The contribution of Local Government to surveys and consultation sessions and through providing
                                                                  representation to the PCG has been valuable in the development of the WACIS.
                                                                  Finally, the WACA would like to thank the local cricket community, including associations, clubs,
                                                                  individuals and organisations that have contributed significantly to this project.

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CONTENTS

WESTERN AUSTRALIAN CRICKET                                        ABOUT THIS DOCUMENT
INFRASTRUCTURE STRATEGY

1.   Welcome                                            4         The WACIS provides the Western Australian cricket community and its stakeholders with a detailed
                                                                  assessment and analysis of the state’s cricket facility landscape across metropolitan and country Western
2.   Executive Summary                                  5
                                                                  Australia.
3.   Introduction and Background                        8
                                                                  The WACIS identifies future venue planning and development priorities for the next ten years, and
4.   Impacts on cricket in WA                          11         provides strategic directions and recommendations for each of the WACA’s fourteen cricket regions.

5.   State of Play                                     15         Detailed insights into the current and future needs of cricket stakeholders were provide through a series of
                                                                  consultation session with cricket clubs, associations and local governments. A summary of consultation
6.   Australian Cricket Facility Hierarchy             29
                                                                  findings and the projected demand for cricket infrastructure is included in this report. Further detail is
7.   Infrastructure priorities by Region               35         provided in the State of Play Report and analysis reports from surveys undertaken with cricket
                                                                  associations, local government and premier cricket clubs.
8.   Premier Cricket                                   65
9.   Indoor Cricket                                    69
10. Delivering the Strategy                            71
11. Appendices                                         75

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1. WELCOME
A MESSAGE FROM THE CEO

                                                   It gives me great pleasure to release and introduce the Western Australian Cricket Infrastructure Strategy (WACIS) 2019-2028.
                                                   It is an exciting time for cricket in the State. With the launch of the WACA Ground Improvement Project and ongoing work with
                                                   Murdoch University for the development of high quality training and playing facilities, the WACIS will provide the strategic
                                                   platform for the future direction of community cricket facility planning, provision and development across the State for the next
                                                   10 years.
                                                   The WACIS is closely aligned to the Western Australian Cricket Strategy 2017-2022 and is a key document in delivering on the
                                                   WACA’s objective to be No 1 for participation growth and volunteer engagement.
                                                   Along with the Australian Cricket Infrastructure Fund and Grassroots Cricket Fund, the WACIS will aid the WACA working with
                                                   clubs, schools, associations, local and state governments to invest in appropriate infrastructure to support growth in cricket.
                                                   I would like to acknowledge the support of Cricket Australia and the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural
                                                   Industries in contributing to the development of the WACIS. Thanks to InsideEdge – Sport and Leisure Planning for their
                                                   contribution in bringing the WACIS together.
                                                   I look forward to the implementation of the WACIS and the outcomes it will provide for cricket in Western Australia.

                                                   CHRISTINA MATTHEWS
                                                   CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

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2. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
The Western Australian Infrastructure Strategy (WACIS) provides a clear direction for    •   The focus on junior and female sport and developing spaces that are
the future planning, provision and development of community cricket facilities. The          welcoming, accessible and inclusive; and
WACA has led the development of this Strategy which builds on the vision and
framework provided by Cricket Australia (CA).                                            •   WA’s unique climatic conditions, no daylight savings and the geography of
                                                                                             country regions.
Cricket is Western Australia’s number one summer sport with over 200,000
participants, including 68,789 female participants and over 20,000 junior and entry      To address these issues the WACIS has been developed to ensure the right decisions
level players. However, its continued popularity is not without its challenges. One of   are made about investing in the right projects, in the right places, at the right time. Four
these challenges is to ensure facilities are meeting the needs of users and are          high-level infrastructure pillars and their strategic objectives will underpin cricket
responding to the way cricket and community sport is being consumed.                     infrastructure planning and investment decisions for the sport over the next 10 years.
                                                                                         The four pillars are:
With more players and a range of different cricket formats recently being introduced,
the demand on cricket facilities and infrastructure is greater than ever. There is a     •   Build the capacity of existing facilities;
need to work more closely with government partners and co-tenants to ensure              •   Expand the facility footprint to meet changing needs and population growth;
community cricket facilities are functional, sustainable and viable. Most importantly,
facilities need to be operating at capacity and cater for a range of different user      •   Deliver flexible and inclusive facilities; and
groups.                                                                                  •   Collaborate with key partners and stakeholders to share the benefits of better
To ensure the needs of the Western Australian cricket community are met in the short,        facilities.
medium and long-term, a range of strategic priorities have been recommended for          These pillars have ultimately driven the development of strategic priorities for each of the
implementation over the next 10 years. Strategic priorities have been informed           WACA’s 14 Cricket Regions. Regional summaries have been developed for each of the
through:                                                                                 seven metropolitan and seven regional Cricket regions to provide unique insights into the
•   Assessment and analysis of facilities held in the National Facility Audit            facility and participation needs of each region, and to outline regional level priorities
    database;                                                                            which have been influenced by the needs of local stakeholder groups.

•   Analysis of WACA cricket participation, and market projections;                      The WACIS considers the needs and strategic objectives of WA Premier Cricket Clubs.
                                                                                         Key facility priorities for each of the 16 Premier Clubs have been identified via an online
•   Stakeholder consultation and facility partner / investor engagement; and             survey and are represented separately from the 14 cricket regions.
•   Identification of the greatest challenges, issues, needs and opportunities           The WACIS will guide the future investment of current and potential funding partners,
    with respect to cricket infrastructure.                                              including federal, state and local governments by clearly outlining the strategic priorities
The Strategy has also considered several broader sport and recreation trends,            for each of the WACA’s cricket regions.
consumer needs, community demand indicators, local climatic conditions and               The WACA, Cricket Australia, the Players and the Australian Cricketers’ Association are
government policy. These include:                                                        investing more in grassroots cricket infrastructure than ever before. In order to deliver the
•   Changes in the way cricket is structured and competitions and programs are           priorities of this strategy, Cricket will continue to work with key stakeholders and all levels
    offered to players, teams and clubs;                                                 of government to ensure that investment into cricket infrastructure is directed into the
                                                                                         projects that have the most significant impact on the cricket community.
•   Ongoing support and investment from federal, state and local government,
    and other funding partners;
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STRATEGIC INFRASTRUCTURE FRAMEWORK

The diagram below outlines the strategic infrastructure framework for the future provision of cricket facilities throughout W estern Australia to 2028. Four key infrastructure pillars
and supporting strategic objectives are proposed to guide the future direction of cricket facilities in Western Australia. These are further supported by recommendations and
prioritised actions that will guide the implementation of the Infrastructure Strategy.

                                                                       ► AUSTRALIAN CRICKET STRATEGY

                                                                  ► WESTERN AUSTRALIAN CRICKET STRATEGY

                                                      ► WESTERN AUSTRALIAN CRICKET INFRASTRUCTURE STRATEGY

                                                                           ►INFRASTRUCTURE PILLARS

                                                                                                        FLEXIBLE AND INCLUSIVE                        PARTNERSHIPS AND SHARED
1           FACILITY CAPACITY                   2      EXPANDING THE FOOTPRINT                  3                                              4
                                                                                                              FACILITIES                                    INVESTMENT

                                                                            ► STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES

Activate existing cricket facilities by        Plan and develop new facilities that            Create flexible and inclusive cricket           Secure stakeholder support and
building venue functionality, capacity         respond to the changing needs of                environments that promote                       attract investment in future cricket
and sustainability                             cricket and a growing participant               participant diversity and shared                facility planning and development
                                               base                                            facility use

                                                                                   ► KEY DRIVERS

➢ Increasing participation                                     ➢ Maximising investment opportunities                           ➢ Shared use and venue flexibility
➢ Strengthening junior development                             ➢ Completing pathways                                           ➢ Creating a sustainable footprint
➢ Promoting diversity and inclusivity                          ➢ Building venue capacity                                       ➢ Promoting shared benefits

                                                             ► STATEWIDE TOP SIX INFRASTRUCTURE PRIORITIES

➢ Condition of nets                                            ➢ Increase the number of playing fields                         ➢ Improve player amenities
➢ Width of synthetic pitches                                   ➢ Indoor training facility                                      ➢ Enhance supporting infrastructure

                                               ► REGION BY REGION AND PREMIER CRICKET INFRASTRUCTURE PRIORITIES

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THE ‘BIG 6’ INFRASTRUCTURE PRIORITIES BY REGION

            NORTHERN                        MIDLAND
                                                                    EASTERN SUBURBS              WESTERN SUBURBS                   SOUTH WEST                       SOUTH EAST                           PEEL
            SUBURBS                        GUILDFORD

     •   Upgrade practice            •   Upgrade practice           •   Additional playing       •   Additional playing       •   Additional playing          •   Additional playing         •    Additional playing
M        facilities.                     facilities.                    fields.                      fields.                      fields.                         fields.                         fields.
E
     •   Improve condition and       •   Floodlighting for fields   •   Renew clubrooms and      •   Increase the width and   •   Upgrade practice            •   Additional synthetic       •    Increase provision of
T        width of synthetic              and practice facilities.       amenities.                   length of synthetic          facilities.                     and turf pitches.               player amenities.
R        pitches.                                                                                    pitches.
O
P    •   Cost effective turf pitch   •   Improve the condition      •   All-gender player        •   All-gender player        •   Increase the width of       •   Upgrade practice           •    Cost effective turf pitch
O        preparation and                 of synthetic pitches.          amenities.                   amenities.                   synthetic pitches.              facilities.                     preparation and
         maintenance practices.                                                                                                                                                                   maintenance practices.
L
I    •   Additional playing          •   Improve playing            •   Upgrade practice         •   Renew clubrooms and      •   Additional practice         •   Renew clubrooms and        •    Access to indoor
T        fields.                         surface quality.               facilities.                  amenities.                   facilities.                     amenities.                      training facility.
A
     •   Renew clubrooms and         •   Renew clubrooms and        •   Improve the condition    •   Upgrade practice         •   Renew clubrooms and         •   All-gender player          •    Upgrade practice
N
         amenities.                      amenities.                     of synthetic pitches.        facilities.                  amenities.                      amenities.                      facilities.

     •   Additional practice         •   All-gender player          •   Access to indoor         •   Floodlighting for        •   All-gender player           •   Floodlighting for fields   •    Additional practice
         facilities.                     amenities.                     training facility.           practice facilities.         amenities.                      and practice facilities.        facilities.

           KIMBERLEY                         PILBARA                        MID WEST                   GOLDFIELDS                   WHEATBELT                      SOUTH WEST                    GREAT SOUTHERN

     •   Increase the width of       •   Improve the condition      •   Improve the condition    •   Increase the width and   •   Upgrade practice            •   Improve the condition      •    Improve the condition
         synthetic pitches.              and width of synthetic         and width of synthetic       length of synthetic          facilities.                     and width of synthetic          and width of synthetic
                                         pitches.                       pitches.                     pitches.                                                     pitches.                        pitches.
R
     •   Upgrade practice            •   Upgrade practice           •   Upgrade practice         •   Upgrade practice         •   Improve the condition       •   Upgrade practice           •    Upgrade practice
E        facilities.                     facilities.                    facilities.                  facilities.                  and width of synthetic          facilities.                     facilities.
G                                                                                                                                 pitches.
I
     •   Additional playing          •   Floodlighting for fields   •   Improve playing          •   Additional playing       •   Cost effective turf pitch   •   Renew clubrooms and        •    Facility maintenance.
O
         fields.                         and practice facilities.       surface quality.             fields.                      preparation and                 amenities.
N                                                                                                                                 maintenance practices.
A
L    •   Floodlighting for fields    •   Renew clubrooms and        •   Renew clubrooms and      •   Equipment storage.       •   All-gender player           •   Increase provision of      •    Access to indoor
         and practice facilities.        amenities.                     amenities.                                                amenities.                      player amenities.               training facility.

     •   Additional player           •   Access to indoor           •   All-gender player        •   Access to indoor         •   Improve spectator           •   All-gender player          •    Additional player
         amenities.                      training facility.             amenities.                   training facility.           amenities.                      amenities.                      amenities.

     •   Improve spectator           •   Additional playing         •   Access to indoor         •   Floodlighting for        •   Improve playing             •   Access to indoor           •    Improve spectator
         amenities.                      fields.                        training facility.           practice facilities.         surface quality.                training facility.              amenities.

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3. INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND

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INTRODUCING THE WACIS

As the governing body for cricket in Western Australia, the expectation is for the WACA to provide resources, strategic advice and policy direction to
its affiliated members and stakeholders.

A key outcome of the WACIS is to promote                     This document builds on existing strategic planning and
collaboration between all layers of the cricket              objectives outlined in both the Australian Cricket            PROJECT DELIVERABLES
community and government partners, and to highlight          Strategy and the Western Australian Cricket
the key drivers of facility planning and investment.         Strategy.
                                                                                                                           • Detailed analysis of cricket facility audits conducted
The WACIS aims to align cricket and government               Both of these documents are driven by the desire for             across Western Australia to highlight current facility
strategic planning and deliver evidence based research       cricket to be Australia’s favorite sport and to be leaders       provision, gaps, trends and development priorities.
and clear facility priorities for the fourteen WACA          in Australian sport. A key pillar of both strategies is the
regions and Premier Clubs. The seven metropolitan            creation of the “best participation experiences” to which     • Investigation into the impact projected participation
and seven country regions differ in terms of their           quality cricket facilities contribute significantly.             and population change will have on current and
population, demographics and cricket participation.                                                                           future cricket facility provision requirements.
                                                             This can only be achieved through an aligned and
The unique characteristics of each region and the
                                                             strategic approach to the future provision of, and
available resources, structure and mix of programs all
need to be considered when planning and delivering
                                                             investment in, cricket facilities across all regions of       • A framework for the integrated planning and
                                                             Western Australia, recognising the importance of                 development of cricket infrastructure across
facilities.
                                                             partnering will all levels of government to deliver.             metropolitan and country Western Australia.
The WACIS identifies the priorities for collective
support and investment in community infrastructure
                                                                                                                           • Identification of specific regional and facility level
that will sustain the game and meet the changing
                                                                                                                              needs, key issues and infrastructure development
needs of participants.
                                                                                                                              priorities.

                                                                                                                           • The alignment of future facility planning and
                                                                                                                              investment with CA and WACA game/pathway
                                                                                                                              development and participation initiatives.

                                                                                                                           • A plan with clear direction for cricket regions,
                                                                                                                              Premier Cricket and governments at all levels.

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DATA COLLECTION

Extensive stakeholder engagement was undertaken to develop the WACIS to ensure recommendations address the needs of the cricket community.

Participation                                                 Facilities                                                  Stakeholder Consultation
Cricket participation figures presented and analysed in       Underpinning the WACIS is the findings and analysis         Key stakeholders involved in its development include
the WACIS have been informed by the National                  from the National Facility Audit - an audit of all          local and state government representatives, local
Cricket Census 2017/18. The Cricket Census is                 facilities used for community cricket competition across    cricket associations and club representatives including
conducted annually and data audited / produced by             Australia.                                                  premier cricket, Cricket Australia and WACA staff and
Street Ryan. A ‘participant’ is defined by the Australian                                                                 members of the cricket community.
                                                              The national audit was a two-year undertaking by
Cricket Census as someone who participates in at least
                                                              Cricket Australia with State cricket bodies, and involved   The following consultation methods were delivered
four sessions of a formal cricket program.
                                                              examination of all known community cricket facilities       and have informed the development of the
The Cricket Census includes participants registered in        across Australia including Western Australia. The result    Strategy:
formalised cricket competitions and programs across           is a comprehensive database of cricket facilities,
                                                                                                                          •   Online Association / Competition Survey (25 survey
Western Australia. This includes local club and               measured against Cricket Australia’s Community
                                                                                                                              responses received), Local Government Survey (53
association competition and entry level programs.             Cricket Facility Guidelines. This data source is ‘live’
                                                                                                                              survey responses received) and Premier Clubs
Indoor cricket participant numbers are captured and           and easily updatable, and will continue to drive
                                                                                                                              survey and meetings (16 survey responses
reported on separately. The census data does not              collaborative planning and investment decisions for the
                                                                                                                              received).
include participants aligned with informal and/or social      cricket community into the future.
cricket competitions, schools programs or any other                                                                       •   Individual meetings with WACA Regional Cricket
                                                              While every effort has been made to ensure data is as
cricket participation opportunities outside of affiliated                                                                     Managers, Facilities and Community Cricket staff.
                                                              detailed and accurate as possible, accessing all cricket
club competitions and programs.
                                                              venues and associated buildings across the State            •   Local/State government and cricket stakeholder
Regional participation figures presented in this report       (particularly in remote rural areas) presented some             workshops and / or teleconference in Perth,
are based on the physical location of an individual           challenges with desktop audits of some facilities               Goldfields, Great Southern, Mid West, Pilbara,
player’s home club location and not necessarily their         completed.                                                      South West and the Wheatbelt.
WACA association affiliation. For example, a player
                                                                                                                          •   Phone interviews with a range of cricket
that lives within the South East Metropolitan Region but
                                                                                                                              stakeholders in the country regions.
plays at a club located in the South West Metropolitan
Region has been allocated to the South West                                                                               •   Project information webpage and bulletins.
Metropolitan Region.
                                                                                                                          •   Project Control Group meetings including
                                                                                                                              representation from WACA, Cricket Australia, local
                                                                                                                              and state government.

                                                                           Image: Stakeholder engagement workshop

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4. IMPACTS ON CRICKET IN WA

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KEY INFLUENCES

Recent changes and trends across the sport and health sector are having an influence on the way cricket facilities are being planned and delivered.
The following factors have been identified as potentially impacting on the delivery of the WACIS and require careful consideration.

Government                                                    State Government                                              Population and demographic change
Australian Government Priorities                              The State Government provides a $12 million                   As the population changes so to does the landscape
                                                              Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund             for cricket. Changes in game formats, increased
The focus on female participation and the funding
                                                              (CSRFF) to develop sustainable infrastructure for sport       access for women and girls, year round competitions
commitment by the Australian Government into
                                                              and recreation across the State.                              and more 40+ year old's returning to the game all play
community infrastructure projects is influencing
                                                                                                                            a vital role in determining the level of participation.
cricket’s programming and infrastructure modelling.           Supporting State Government in continuing this
                                                              program and growing funding levels should be a key            Western Australia's population is increasing and an
A major barrier to female participation is the perception
                                                              focus for cricket. CSRFF continues to be a primary            understanding of the impact that population change
of ‘judgment whilst exercising’. Sport Australia’s ‘Girls
                                                              source of facility funding for local governments and          has on cricket and the future demand on facilities is
Make Your Move Campaign’ was developed to address
                                                              clubs.                                                        crucial.
the lower level of physical activity and barriers faced by
young Australian women.                                       Local Government                                              Population growth provides an opportunity to introduce
                                                                                                                            new participants, but also increases the pressure and
The campaign has seen great success, with 83% of              Local government is the largest land owner, manager
                                                                                                                            expectation on existing and new facilities. Conversely,
young women aged 12-19 years being reached by the             and sponsor of community cricket facilities across
                                                                                                                            a decline in population (forecast for some country
campaign. Of those 23% of girls have become more              Western Australia.
                                                                                                                            regions) will impact player numbers and club
active as a result of seeing the campaign.
                                                              The capacity of local governments to fully fund the level     sustainability. A likely shift in player numbers from one
The increase in female activity in sport has resulted in      of infrastructure required to support cricket at all levels   age group to the next also influences annual ground
the need to focus on facilities and infrastructure. More      is reducing. Ongoing collaboration is needed to ensure        and resource allocations.
funding has been made available by the Australian             funding opportunities are maximised and facility
                                                                                                                            The growing interest in the game by women and girls
Government to enable the delivery of more inclusive,          development projects have broader community
                                                                                                                            has also created a shift in the way facilities are being
accessible and flexible sports facilities that more           benefits.
                                                                                                                            designed and delivered. Girls are being introduced to
appropriately accommodates females.
                                                              Local governments are facing challenges funding the           the game earlier and cricket needs to ensure that
The leadership by Sports Australia and the resulting          renewal of existing community infrastructure and the          facilities provide a welcoming and nurturing
investment by the Australian Government that supports         preparation and maintenance of turf wickets.                  environment to support ongoing participation.
inclusive and sustainable facilities to deliver greater
                                                              Australian Cricket appreciates the financial limitations
participation opportunities is supported by cricket.
                                                              of Local government and is committed to working
                                                              collaboratively to ensure facilities are sustainable and
                                                              provide diverse participation opportunities.

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HOW COMMUNITY CRICKET IS CHANGING

The game of cricket has changed and evolved over time and continues to do so through new innovations, competition structures and modified
formats to attract and retain participants. Cricket’s strategic planning is focused on providing the “best participation experiences”. The way cricket is
now played has implication for the key facility directions and recommendations in the WACIS.

National Alignment – One Team                                 In addition, through the Grassroots Cricket Fund           Portable pitches
                                                              (GCF), the Australian Cricketers Associations (ACA)
Australian Cricket is led nationally by Cricket Australia,                                                               In the 2018/19 season, Cricket Australia trialed
                                                              and players are investing up to $30 million to support
in partnership with the State and Territory Cricket                                                                      nationally portable pitches as a potential solution for
                                                              community cricket. The investment includes providing
Associations including the WACA. Working as a                                                                            the issue noted above. The trial used a proprietary
                                                              additional financial resourcing to the ACIF with a focus
unified sport, national plans for the sport are co-                                                                      pitch supplied by Flicx. The outcomes of the trial have
                                                              on key cricket related infrastructure such as pitches
designed to enable localised delivery of those plans to                                                                  been positive with venues such as rugby clubs and
                                                              and nets. The GCF also allows clubs to apply for
cricket communities.                                                                                                     schools used.
                                                              equipment grants.
A key pillar of the Australian Cricket Strategy is the                                                                   Portable pitches provide clubs and associations with an
                                                              Modified formats
focus on creating the best participation experiences to                                                                  alternative to the installation of a permanent pitch.
grow junior cricket. Closely aligned to the Australian        Cricket Australia trialed new junior formats during the    Further information and guidance regarding the pitches
Cricket Strategy, the Western Australian Cricket              2016-17 season to increase the fun, activity levels and    is provided at Appendix 1.
Strategy has extended this focus to include the               skill development of young players. The new formats
                                                                                                                         More people are playing cricket
implementation of best practice model for senior              include shorter pitches, smaller fields and fewer
community competitions.                                       players.                                                   The WACA reported an 8% increase in total
                                                                                                                         participation across all forms of the game between the
Increased investment and resourcing                           The evidence from the pilot program confirmed that
                                                                                                                         2016/17 and 2017/18 seasons. This includes:
                                                              players face more balls, can play more shots, get more
As part of this alignment, Cricket Australia has invested
                                                              wickets and field far more balls. In addition to a more    •   a 42% increase in female participation;
over $35 million into Community Cricket nationally over
                                                              inclusive game, which has more action and takes less
a three-year period from 2018 to 2021. The funding                                                                       •   12% increase in school-based participation, and
                                                              time to play, the modifications to pitch lengths and
will assist States and Territories in the aligning the
                                                              boundary sizes has allowed junior cricket to maximise      •   a 1% increase in indoor cricket.
delivery models focused on improving clubs’
                                                              the use of existing playing fields.
administration and participation experiences.                                                                            Entry level programs also have a strong participation
                                                              The modified formats have been adopted across WA.          base (in excess of 6,600), with club and community
Included in this investment is over $14 million in
                                                              One of the challenges of the new formats is that           cricketers stable at 39,828.
additional funding to the Australian Cricket
                                                              reduced player numbers in teams has increased the
Infrastructure Fund which allows clubs, schools and                                                                      Along with the introduction of modified playing formats
                                                              number of teams and therefore also increased the
local governments to apply for funding support to                                                                        for juniors, the growth in female cricket participation is
                                                              number of games being played. Alternate venues and
upgrade infrastructure.                                                                                                  significant. More girls are playing cricket and the
                                                              increasing the capacity of existing venues is one of the
                                                                                                                         number of junior teams is growing in many metropolitan
                                                              challenges that has come out of the new formats.
                                                                                                                         and country areas.

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Overall female cricket participation increased to 68,789      Increased demand for shorter, more flexible cricket          Several local cricket associations across metropolitan
in 2017/18. Included in this is 2,822 club and                programs and competitions                                    and country regions identified the need for better
community female participants and the 390 female                                                                           access to facilities that can accommodate night cricket.
                                                              Cricket has changed and evolved over time and
indoor cricket participants.                                                                                               Several Premier Cricket clubs also identified field and
                                                              continues to do so through new innovations,
                                                                                                                           practice facility lighting as a priority.
Australian cricket is providing a strong focus and            competition structures and modified formats to attract
increased resources towards growing the game for              and retain participants.                                     Balanced against this demand from the cricket
women and girls and creating a realistic pathway from                                                                      community, is the ability for local governments to fund
                                                              One of the most significant changes in recent times has
modified programs, through to junior competition and                                                                       the provision of lights or upgrades to lights suitable for
                                                              been the popularity of shorter T20 cricket competitions
into senior women’s cricket.                                                                                               night cricket.
                                                              and events. T20 cricket complements the traditional,
In addition to providing the right support, education and     longer format and can be scheduled mid-week, with            The recent audit of cricket facilities reported that 44%
resource structures, ensuring access to appropriate           less time required to complete a match.                      of community cricket fields across the state have some
facilities to accommodate cricket for women and girls                                                                      level of floodlighting. Although lighting levels were not
                                                              Cricket all year round
will be critical to maintaining participant levels over                                                                    captured as part of this audit, it can be assumed that
time.                                                         Winter cricket is attracting a growing base of registered    very few of the 44% would provide suitable lighting
                                                              cricketers and primarily makes use of available              levels for night cricket and training.
A ‘sport for all’
                                                              synthetic cricket wickets. While this extension to the
                                                                                                                           It is assumed that the majority of existing lights would
Promoting inclusion and diversity is another key              summer version of the sport is strongly supported by
                                                                                                                           be provided at either 50 lux or 100 lux which is not
strategy for Cricket Australia and all state and territory    cricket bodies, and complementary to the game’s
                                                                                                                           suitable for cricket.
bodies with a vision of being ‘Australia’s favourite sport    continued growth and sustainability, it does present
– a sport for all Australians’.                               potential facility access issues. With a large majority of   Only 22 practice facilities across the state have lights,
                                                              synthetic pitches covered, and others unable to be           and it is unknown as to whether these are suitable for
Local clubs, associations and schools across the
                                                              accessed from April to September, there is an ongoing        training purposes.
country are engaging with thousands of new
                                                              challenge to providing facilities for winter cricket.
participants from previously under-represented                                                                             The following information on cricket specific
communities. Cricket Australia reported a 79%                 More night cricket                                           floodlighting is provided in the appendices:
participation increase in diversity programs nationally
                                                              Consultation with cricket stakeholders identified strong     •   guidelines and lighting levels for match play;
over the past three years. The WACA reported a 13%
                                                              demand for increasing the capacity of cricket facilities
growth in diversity programs with 39,813 multicultural                                                                     •   benefits of providing adequate lighting for night
                                                              by providing compliant floodlighting of fields and
participants, 12,060 Aboriginal and Torres Strait                                                                              cricket and training; and
                                                              practice facilities.
Islanders participants and 2,128 disability participants.
                                                                                                                           •   site selection criteria for supporting cricket lighting
                                                              With no daylight saving and minimal natural light
Prioritising and supporting projects that deliver diversity                                                                    projects.
                                                              beyond 6.30pm in the summer months, demand for
and inclusion outcomes is a key focus for the WACA.
                                                              sports field floodlighting across the WA is growing
Equally important is the need to ensure adequate
                                                              rapidly.
education and resources to deliver inclusive
competitions, programs and practices are provided to
stakeholders responsible for running cricket across the
state.

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5. STATE OF PLAY

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GOVERNANCE STRUCTURE

The Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA) is
the governing body of cricket in WA, overseeing the
development of the game throughout metro, rural and
regional areas.
The WACA has nine key stakeholders including seven
affiliated organisations and two advisory committees
that assist with the development and delivery of cricket
in Western Australia.
The affiliated organisations are:
•   WA District Cricket Council (WADCC);
•   Country Cricket Board (CCB);
•   WA Female Cricket Council (WAFCC);
•   Indoor Sports WA;
•   Cricket West;
•   WA Veterans Cricket; and
•   Community Junior Cricket Council (CJCC).
The two advisory committees are the WA Aboriginal
Cricket and WA Education Advisory Committees.
The WACA also convenes the Statewide Game
Development Committee (SGDC). The SGDC is
comprised of representatives of each of the affiliates.
The SGDC provides a united voice for affiliates to the
WACA and provide input into the strategic direction of
game development as well as raising issues that are
relevant to game development.

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COMMUNITY CRICKET FOOTPRINT

In metropolitan areas, senior community cricket, under
the guidance of Cricket West, is delivered by four
associations.
Similarly, junior community cricket, under the guidance
of the Community Junior Cricket Council, is delivered
by six associations.
In regional areas, under the guidance of the Country
Cricket Board, there are 14 Junior and 25 Senior
Associations.
The WACA provides support throughout the state for
the development of cricket primarily through its’
Community Cricket Field Force. The state is divided
into 14 regions – seven metropolitan and seven
regional areas.
The information presented in this strategy is aligned to
each of those regions.

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OVERALL PARTICIPATION

The 2017/18 National Cricket Census identified a total
                                                                       OVERALL                                     OVERALL
of 201,882 West Australians participated in cricket                                    FEMALE PARTICIPATION
                                                                     PARTICIPATION                               PARTICIPATION
during the previous 12 months. This is an 8% increase
from 2016/17 and represents 13% of total participation
nationally.
Key participation highlights for the 2017/18 season
include:
•   39,828 club and community cricket participants.
•   44% (17,769) of club and community cricket
    participants are seniors.
•   Juniors (5-12 years) contribute 11,745 cricketers
                                                                  201,882                 68,789               140,731
    (29%) and the 13-18 year age group 10,314 (26%).
•   42% of overall participation growth recorded was in
                                                                   +8%                     42%                  +12%
    female participants.                                                                   of overall growth

•   6 in every 10 new participants are women and girls.
•                                                                 CLUB AND COMMUNITY     INDOOR CRICKET
    Junior female players (17 years and younger)
    increased by 30% to 2,238 players and provided the               PARTICIPANTS         PARTICIPATION            6,642
    biggest growth area.
                                                                                                                  ENTRY LEVEL
•   Approximately 68% of participants engaged in                                                                   PROGRAMS
    school cricket programs.
•   21,323 indoor cricket participants.
                                                                                                                  12,060
•   76% of indoor cricket participants are senior players
    and 98% are male.                                                                                            ABORIGINAL AND
                                                                                                                  TORRES STRAIT

Note: for the purposes of the WACIS development,                   39,828                 21,323               ISLANDERS PLAYERS

participation figures from 2017/18 Census have been
used. Implementation will be informed by subsequent
annual census data.
                                                                    +0%                    +1%                    39,813
                                                                                                                MULTICULTURAL
                                                                                                                   PLAYERS

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CLUB CRICKET PARTICIPATION BY CRICKET REGION - METROPOLITAN

Metropolitan                                                                                        METROPOLITAN WA
                                                                                                    CRICKET REGION MAP
28,816 (72%) of the total number of club and community cricket
participants are located in metropolitan regions.
                                                                            1
The top three metropolitan regions for participation are the South East
(6,307), Eastern Suburbs (4,439) and Western Suburbs (4,412).
More people live in the South East than any other region, however the                           2
Northern Suburbs (31%) and Peel (30%) will have the largest
percentage population growth between 2016 to 2026.
Based on the current rate of players to population (penetration), and the           3
predicted population growth to 2026, the metropolitan region will expect
                                                                            4
an additional 5,000+ cricketers. The majority of these cricketers will be
in the South East (1,381) and Northern Suburbs (1,306).

                                                                                5
  #                 Region                2017/18 Participation Total

  1      Northern Suburbs                             4,260                                 6

  2      Midland / Guildford                          2,900

  3      Eastern Suburbs                              4,439

  4      Western Suburbs                              4,412

  5      South West                                   3,778

  6      South East                                   6,307

  7      Peel                                         2,720
                                                                                        7

                TOTAL                                28,816

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CLUB CRICKET PARTICIPATION BY CRICKET REGION - COUNTRY

COUNTRY WA CRICKET                                                             COUNTRY
REGION MAP
                                                                               10,007 (28%) of the total number of club and community cricket
                                                                               participants are located in country regions.
                                                                               The South West has more cricketers (3,412) than the next two highest
                                                                           8   participation regions combined (Wheatbelt (1,848) and Great Southern
                                                                               (1,223).
                                                                               Whilst there is strong participation in the Wheatbelt, this region is
                                                                               expecting a decline in population of 10% to 2026. Goldfields is also
                                                                               expecting a population decline of 2%, whilst the South West and
                                                                               Kimberley are expecting the largest percentage population growth (13%
                                                                  9            each) to 2026.
                                                                               Based on the current rate of players to population (penetration), and the
                                                                               predicted population growth to 2026, the country region will only expect
                                                                               an additional 500+ cricketers. The majority of these cricketers will be in
                                                                               the South West.
                                                 10
                                                                                  #                  Region               2017/18 Participation Total

                                                                                  8     Kimberley                                      436

                                                                      11          9     Pilbara                                        987

                                                                                 10     Mid West                                      1,021
                                                  12
                                                                                 11     Goldfields                                    1,080

                                                                                 12     Wheatbelt                                     1,848
                                       13         14                             13     South West                                    3,412

                                                                                 14     Great Southern                                1,223

                                                                                                  TOTAL                              10,007

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WESTERN AUSTRALIA’S TOP 20 LGAs (2017/18)

                                                                  The table below provides a list of the top 20 club and community cricket participating Local
                                                                  Government Authoritys (LGA) at the completion of the 2017/18 season.

                                                                    #             LGA                       Cricket Region                2017/18 Club Participants

                                                                    1     Stirling             Western and Eastern Suburbs                           3,301

                                                                    2     Joondalup            Western and Northern Suburbs                          3,074

                                                                    3     Swan                 Midland Guildford and Eastern Suburbs                 2,090

                                                                    4     Gosnells             South East                                            1,737

                                                                    5     Melville             South West Metro                                      1,691

                                                                    6     Rockingham           Peel                                                  1,583

                                                                    7     Wanneroo             Northern and Eastern Suburbs                          1,461

                                                                    8     Perth                Eastern and Western Suburbs                           1,429

                                                                    9     Bunbury              South West Regional                                   1,417

                                                                   10     Cockburn             South West Metro                                      1,324

                                                                   11     Victoria Park        South East                                            1,275

                                                                   12     Canning              South East                                            1,182

                                                                   13     Albany               Great Southern                                        1,105

                                                                   14     Claremont            Western Suburbs                                        979

                                                                   15     Kalamunda            Midland/Guildford                                      955

                                                                   16     Armadale             South East                                             809

                                                                   17     Mandurah             Peel                                                   726

                                                                   18     Kalgoorlie/Boulder Goldfields                                               699

                                                                   19     Greater Geraldton    Mid West                                               643

                                                                   20     Bayswater            Eastern Suburbs                                        626

                                                                                                                           Source: Cricket Australia Census
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WESTERN AUSTRALIA’S TOP 20 CLUBS (2017/18)

 The table below provides a list of the top 20 cricket clubs in regards to participation at the
 completion of the 2017/18.season.

  #                            Clubs                                 2017/18 Club Participants

  1    South Perth Junior Cricket Club                                           890

  2    Claremont Nedlands Junior Cricket Club                                    646

  3    Wembley Districts Junior Cricket Club                                     591

  4    Warwick Greenwood Junior Cricket Club                                     444

  5    Whitfords Junior Cricket Club                                             432

  6    Subiaco Marist Cricket Club                                               418

  7    Joondalup-Kinross Junior Cricket Club                                     411

  8    Canning Vale Junior Cricket Club Inc.                                     391

  9    Albany Junior Cricket Club                                                381

 10    Ellenbrook Rangers Cricket Club                                           377

 11    South Perth Cricket Club                                                  367

 12    Scarborough Junior Cricket Club                                           365

 13    Willetton Junior Cricket Club                                             359

 14    Swan Athletic / Caversham Junior Cricket Club                             351

 15    Lesmurdie-Mazenod Junior Cricket Club Inc.                                333

 16    Bicton Junior Cricket Club                                                330

 17    Kingsley Woodvale Junior Cricket Club                                     320

 18    Doubleview Carine Junior Cricket Club                                     307

 19    Midland Guildford Cricket Club                                            303

 20    Gosnells Junior Cricket Club                                              301
Source: Cricket Australia Census Data

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PROJECTING FUTURE PLAYER NUMBERS

There is no definitive formula or tool to predict when and if participation in a particular sport will increase or decrease. Forecasting future demand for any sport is challenging as it
can be influenced by a number of contributing factors including demographic change, the type of programs and competitions offered, access to and condition of facilities, and in
some cases the profile and success of a state or national team (e.g. Australian Cricket team).
One way of identifying likely future player numbers is to calculate each region’s ‘penetration rate’. A region’s penetration rate is calculated by dividing the number of registered
players by the total population. The table below provides regional penetration rates for census participants. The penetration rate can then be applied to 2028 forecast population
to estimate future player numbers for each region, subject to the current levels of participation remaining the same. Please note this method should be used as a guide only.

                                  2017/18                                                                                        2028 Forecast                                  Projected additional
                                                                                   2017/18               2028 Forecast                                  Forecast Change
           Region              Registered Club         2018 Population                                                          Registered Club                                   11 per side team
                                                                               Penetration Rate           Population                                      2018 – 2028
                                   Players                                                                                          Players                                      numbers to 2028

 Eastern Suburbs                      4,439                 34,3337                   1.3%                   38,8917                   5,028                    589                       54

 Goldfields                           1,080                  59,018                   1.8%                    56,320                   1,031                    -49                        -4

 Great Southern                       1,223                  59,992                   2.0%                    60,111                   1,225                     2                         0

 Kimberley                             436                   39,165                   1.1%                    43,185                    481                      45                        4

 Midland Guildford                    2,900                 208,560                   1.4%                   248,161                   3,451                    551                       50

 Midwest                              1,021                  64,626                   1.6%                    68,676                   1,085                     64                        6

 Northern Suburbs                     4,260                 281,978                   1.5%                   359,329                   5,429                   1,169                      106

 Peel                                 2,720                 275,391                   1.0%                   349,596                   3,453                    733                       67

 Pilbara                               987                   66,793                   1.5%                    72,336                   1,069                     82                        7

 South East                           6,307                 454,880                   1.4%                   540,820                   7,499                   1,192                      108

 South West Metro                     3,778                 253,372                   1.5%                   278,828                   4,158                    380                       34

 South West Regional                  3,412                 176,980                   1.9%                   194,429                   3,748                    336                       31

 Western Suburbs                      4,412                 254,663                   1.7%                   270,025                   4,678                    266                       24

 Wheatbelt                            1,848                  59,292                   3.1%                    51,892                   1,617                   -231                       -21

           TOTAL                     38,823                2,598,047            1.6% (average)              2,982,625                 43,951                   5,128                      466

Note: The ‘penetration rate’ demand method is used to predict future club player numbers and does not take into account high levels of participation in other programs or activities (e.g. school
programs). Participation in unstructured and/or informal or non-affiliated cricket competitions and events are also not included.

                                                                                                                                                         Source: Cricket Australia Census
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FACILITIES

OVERALL PROVISION                                             Provision by Western Australian Cricket Region                   Looking purely at provision ratios can sometimes be
                                                                                                                               misleading. Just because a local area or region has a
There are currently 672 playing fields provided across        Based on the below ratios, the 2016 statewide ground
                                                                                                                               lower ground to population ratio does not necessarily
the 540 audited sites that are used for club and
community cricket (including those school sites used
                                                                                                       1
                                                              to population provision ratio was 1: 3,729. This figure
                                                              being higher in metropolitan regions (1:4,462) and
                                                                                                                               indicate demand for additional cricket ground provision.
                                                                                                                               Factors such as demographic profile and the volume
for weekend club cricket).                                    lower in the country regions (1:2,265).
                                                                                                                               and format of cricket being played within regions needs
There are varying levels of infrastructure provision and      Ground to Population Ratio by Region (2016)                      to be considered when identifying future demand and
condition. Of the 672 playing fields, 21% provide turf                                                                         potential for increased utilisation. The table below
                                                                                            # of        Provision Ratio
centre pitches, 78% synthetic grass pitches, 1%
concrete and the remainder are either concrete or
                                                                        Region
                                                                                          Grounds                2
                                                                                                            (2016)
                                                                                                                               provides actual player to ground ratios by region
                                                                                                                               following the 2017/18 season.
unknown.                                                      Eastern Suburbs                 69             1: 4,800
                                                                                                                               2017/18 Ground to Player Ratio by Region
Please note that all facility information and analysis        Goldfields                      18             1: 3,163
provided below and in the regional summaries section                                                                                                          2017/18 Ground to
                                                              Great Southern                  29             1: 1,996                    Region
are based on audited cricket venues only.                                                                                                                        Player Ratio
                                                              Kimberley                        6             1: 6,297 3        Eastern Suburbs                        1: 64
                                                              Mid West                        33             1: 1,889
                                                                                                                               Goldfields                             1: 60
              Pitch Surface Type                              Midland/Guildford               55             1: 3,658
                                                                                                                               Great Southern                         1: 42
                     1%     1%                                Northern Suburbs                53             1: 5,132
                                                                                                                               Kimberley                              1: 73
               21%
                                                              Peel                            54             1: 4,919 4        Mid West                               1: 31
                                                              Pilbara                         11             1: 5,857
                                                                                                                               Midland/Guildford                      1: 53
                                                              South East                      91             1: 4,822
                                                                                                                               Northern Suburbs                       1: 80
                                                              South West Metro                53             1: 4,612
                                       78%                                                                                     Peel                                   1:50
                                                              South West Regional
                                                              Western Suburbs
                                                                                              77
                                                                                              73
                                                                                                                 5
                                                                                                             1: 2,217
                                                                                                             1: 3,365
                                                                                                                               Pilbara                                1: 90
                                                                                                                               South East WA                          1: 69
                                                              Wheatbelt                       50             1: 1,144
                                                                                                                               South West Metro                       1: 71
                                                                        Total                 672            1: 3,729
                                                                                                                               South West Regional                    1: 44
         Synthetic        Turf   Concrete      Other
                                                                                                       6
                                                              Note: National ground to population average provision ratio is
                                                              approximately 1: 3,300.
                                                                                                                               Western Suburbs                        1: 60
                                                                                                                               Wheatbelt                              1: 37
                                                              Population data source: WA Tomorrow
                                                                                                                               State average                          1:58
                                                                                                                               Metro average                          1: 64
                                                                                                                               Country average                        1: 54

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28% of centre wicket pitch widths                  9% of centre wicket pitch lengths
         QUICK STATS
                                                                                    are too narrow                                      are too short
•   592 cricket venues
                                                                                        22%                                              22%
•   540 audited venues
                                                           State-wide                               50%                           9%
•   672 grounds / fields                               average ground to         28%                                                                68%

•   523 synthetic pitches                             club and community
                                                          player ratio
•   141 turf pitches
•   8 concrete / other pitches
                                                            1:58
                                                                             2.4m+      Less than 2.4m     No data              25m+      Less than 25m    No data

National average
ground to population                                                                          Approximately 300 centre wicket synthetic
                             1: 3,300                                                         pitches across the state will require
provision ratio is
approximately                                                                                 replacement over the next five years.
State-wide average                                        Metropolitan
                                                       average ground to                           47%
ground to population         1: 3,729
provision ratio (2016)                                club and community
                                                          player ratio
Metropolitan Region
average ground to
                                                            1:64                22%
                             1: 4,462
population provision
                                                                                                                     14%
ratio                                                                                                                                  11%
                                                                                                                                                          6%
Country Region average
ground to population         1: 2,265
                                                                                1 net             2 nets             3 nets            4 nets     More than 4 nets
provision ratio
                                                                           Number of practice wickets / net per venue. Note – excludes venues where no data
                                                                                                              was collected
                                                        Country Region
                                                       average ground to
                                                      club and community
                                                          player ratio
                                                                                              35% of practice facility synthetic wickets
                                                            1:54                              present potential safety issues.

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Pitch Surface Type by Western Australian Cricket Region (%)               Outdoor practice facility provision and condition by
                                                                          Western Australian Cricket Region

Metropolitan Perth                                                        Metropolitan Perth

        Region                Turf              Synthetic         Other                              # of practice       Practice pitch         # of home clubs
                                                                                  Region
                                                                                                       facilities      condition rating (%)       with
FACILITY ISSUES AND INFLUENCES

The following facility issues, opportunities and operational influences are having the greatest impact on the growth and sustainability of cricket in
Western Australia. These have been identified via stakeholder engagement and the key findings from the National Facilities Audit.

Practice facilities                                            Ageing infrastructure                                        Field and practice facility lighting
The quality and provision of practice facilities has been      Ageing community infrastructure is a common issue for        There is a shortage of cricket fields and practice
identified as a key issue for clubs and local                  many sports occupying local government owned                 facilities across the state with compliant floodlighting.
governments.                                                   facilities. Asset management and facility renewal gap        Cricket acknowledge the cost to install or upgrade
                                                               funding is one of the biggest issues facing local            lights and have developed a strategic approach to
The audit identified that approximately 35% of practice
                                                               governments. In many cases this means community              addressing this need. Refer to Appendix 2 for further
pitches across the state have safety issues and more
                                                               cricket clubs are occupying outdated and non                 information.
than half (54%) of club home venue practice facilities
                                                               functional facilities.
have less than 3 pitches (minimum provision for club                                                                        Player amenities
home venues).                                                  The audit identified a significant number of venues with
                                                                                                                            For many cricket venues across the state, the age of
                                                               infrastructure that has reached the end of its life and no
Key issues include torn synthetic pitch surfaces                                                                            clubrooms means that the player amenities are not
                                                               longer services cricket’s changing needs.
creating trip hazards and holes in enclosure fencing.                                                                       inclusive or meeting the current requirements for all-
The audit also identified an average four year life-span       Cost of preparing and maintaining turf pitches               gender facilities.
for practice facility pitch surfaces.
                                                               Turf pitch management and maintenance is a                   Only 19% of cricket venues provide suitable all-gender
The lack of floodlit practice facilities was also identified   significant issue for cricket in WA. Consultation with       player amenities.
as an issue, particularly for Premier Cricket Clubs who        local clubs, associations and local governments
                                                                                                                            The audit data also identified the general provision and
are providing the pathway to the elite level.                  identified a range of issues, including the burden of
                                                                                                                            condition of facilities (e.g. change room facilities,
                                                               ongoing expenses to maintain turf pitches and gaps in
At the time of the audit only 22 cricket venues across                                                                      playing field surface conditions) are below standard.
                                                               the technical knowledge required to prepare quality
the state had floodlit practice facilities – three premier
                                                               pitches.                                                     Ground availability and capacity
clubs, 17 community clubs and two satellite facilities.
The suitability of these lights for training purposes is       Indoor training facilities                                   Several of Perth’s inner metropolitan local governments
unknown as lux levels were not recorded.                                                                                    are unable to suitably accommodate all requests for
                                                               Consultation with local clubs and associations identified
                                                                                                                            access to open space and facilities for community
Synthetic pitch condition and dimensions                       a strong need for increased access to indoor training
                                                                                                                            sport. Existing sports fields are at capacity and access
                                                               facilities across the state.
Approximately 300 synthetic pitches across the state                                                                        to school facilities is limited.
will require replacement over the next five years. This        There is limited opportunity to access suitable and
                                                                                                                            Population and participation growth is impacting the
is an average of 60 surface replacements per year at a         affordable indoor cricket facilities for pre season
                                                                                                                            availability of existing facilities with limited land
cost of approximately $4,000 to $6,000 each.                   training and specialist coaching across all regions.
                                                                                                                            available to develop new facilities. Local governments
28% of centre wicket synthetic pitches are below the                                                                        in the south west and western metropolitan region
recommended width of 2.4m and 9% are below the                                                                              reported sports fields as being at or near full capacity.
recommended length of 25m for community cricket.                                                                            A lack of open space to develop more fields was also
                                                                                                                            identified.

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Access to school facilities                                   Planning, funding and investment                               ‘Seasonal creep’
With limited open space available for additional cricket      With access to public funding becoming more                    The increasing overlap or ‘seasonal creep’ between
grounds, and many existing grounds operating at full          competitive, sporting organisations are required more          winter and summer sporting codes presents cricket and
capacity, accessing school facilities becomes critically      than ever to demonstrate their value proposition.              facility managers with an ongoing challenge.
important.
                                                              Cricket has at times suffered from not selling the ‘good       Increased professionalism by local level sporting
Clubs using school ovals experience issues with               news’ or highlighting the social, economic, physical and       organisations has seen pre-season training periods
access to basic amenities such as change rooms,               cross cultural benefits it delivers. This will need to         lengthened for winter sports resulting in demand for
toilets and shelters. There is also an issue regarding        improve in order to demonstrate the importance of              extended facility access. This can limit cricket’s access
the security of use and tenure for clubs using school         investing in the game and its facilities.                      to prepare grounds (in particular turf table areas) and
facilities.                                                                                                                  can place increased pressure on playing fields carrying
                                                              Engagement with key stakeholders identified an
                                                                                                                             capacity during December and January, when winter
Spectator support facilities                                  increasing demand for data, including detailed
                                                                                                                             pre-season training is in full swing.
                                                              participation data, to assist with planning and
There is an under provision of off-field supporting
                                                              investment decisions.
infrastructure at a number of cricket grounds across the
state.
Regions vary, but, in general there is a gap in the
provision of basic spectator amenities such as toilets,
shade and shelter.
Changing perceptions
Cricket is sometimes perceived as being ‘exclusive’
and ‘inflexible’ - a game played on a Saturday
afternoon by 22 men occupying a significant portion of
public open space.
This perception has at times limited cricket’s capacity
to attract significant investment. The sport will need to
continue to work hard to demonstrate how flexible
programs can maximise the use of fields during
daylight hours.

                                                                  An under provision of purpose built indoor training facilities across the state has been identified as a key gap
                                                                                 in existing cricket infrastructure by the Western Australian cricket community.

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6. AUSTRALIAN CRICKET FACILITY HIERARCHY

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FACILITY HIERARCHY

                                                                                                               ACTIVITY TYPE
     HIERARCHY                                              FACILITY OVERVIEW
                                                                                                        PLAYING                   TRAINING
                                                    TYPE: MAJOR STADIA
                                                                                                      ICC FIXTURES             NATIONAL-LEVEL
      NATIONAL                 FOCUS: INTERNATIONAL / NATIONAL COMPETITION, FAN ENGAGEMENT
                                                                                                           BBL                    TRAINING
                                             FACILITY EXAMPLE: OPTUS STADIUM
                                                                                                        BBL, WBBL
                                         TYPE: STATE CRICKET CENTRES, MINOR STADIA                                            STATE-LEVEL
                                                                                                   WOMEN’S INT. SERIES
                                  FOCUS: NATIONAL/STATE COMPETITION, PLAYER DEVELOPMENT,                                       TRAINING
        STATE                                                                                    A SERIES, TOUR MATCHES
                                                  COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT                                                      COACHING/UMPIRE
                                                                                                    DOMESTIC ONE-DAY
                                              FACILITY EXAMPLE: WACA GROUND                                                  DEVELOPMENT
                                                                                                    SHEFFIELD SHIELD
                               TYPE: NON-STADIA EVENT VENUES, REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT VENUES,     WBBL, WNCL, FUTURES LEAGUE
                                                                                                                             REGIONAL-LEVEL
                                                  PREMIER CRICKET VENUES                              INT. UNDERAGE
                                                                                                                                TRAINING
      REGIONAL                  FOCUS: PREMIER / REGIONAL COMPETITION, PLAYER DEVELOPMENT,        NATIONAL UNDERAGE
                                                                                                                            COACHING/UMPIRE
                                                  COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT                               PREMIER CRICKET
                                                                                                                              DEVELOPMENT
                                      FACILITY EXAMPLE: MURDOCH UNIVERSITY, LILAC HILL            COMMUNITY CRICKET
                                                                                                  NATIONAL UNDERAGE
                                          TYPE: PREMIER PLAYING/TRAINING VENUE
                                                                                                   PREMIER CRICKET
             PREMIER           FOCUS: COMMUITY PARTICIPATION, JUNIOR PARTICIPATION, TRAINING                                    PREMIER CLUB
                                                                                                  COMMUNITY CRICKET
                                        FACILITY EXAMPLE: 16 PREMIER CLUB VENUES
                                                                                                  CRICKET BLAST VENUE
                                          TYPE: LOCAL PLAYING/TRAINING VENUE
                                                                                                  COMMUNITY CRICKET
               HOME           FOCUS: COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION, JUNIOR PARTICIPATION, TRAINING                                   COMMUNITY CLUB
                                                                                                  CRICKET BLAST VENUE
                                        FACILITY EXAMPLE: 228 IDENTIFIED VIA NFA
 CLUB
                                    TYPE: LOCAL PLAYING/TRAINING VENUES (NON-HOME VENUE),
                                                     SHARED USE FACILITIES                        COMMUNITY CRICKET
            SATELLITE                                                                                                          ADDITIONAL CLUB
                                    FOCUS: COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION, JUNIOR PARTICIPATION          CRICKET BLAST VENUE
                                            FACILITY EXAMPLE: 108 IDENTIFIED VIA NFA
                                             TYPE: SCHOOL CRICKET FACILITIES                      COMMUNITY CRICKET
                                                                                                                                 SCHOOL AND
             SCHOOL              FOCUS: SCHOOL, COMMUNITY & JUNIOR PARTICIPATION, TRAINING          SCHOOL CRICKET
                                                                                                                               ADDITIONAL CLUB
                                          FACILITY EXAMPLE: 109 IDENTIFIED VIA NFA                CRICKET BLAST VENUE
                                                  TYPE: PARKLAND / OPEN SPACE,                                              INFORMAL TRAINING
      INFORMAL                                                                                    CRICKET BLAST VENUE
                                              FOCUS: JUNIOR PARTICIPATION, PROGRAMS                                            AND ACTIVITY
                                           TYPE: INDOOR CRICKET / MULTI-SPORT FACILITIES
        INDOOR                                                                                 INDOOR CRICKET COMPETITION      INDOOR CRICKET
                                            FOCUS: PARTICIPATION, TRAINING AND EVENTS

Western Australian Draft Cricket Infrastructure Strategy I 2019                                                                         Page 30
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