In a new initiative, NT Cricket has partnered with the Red Cross to provide opportunities for cricket and social engagement for asylum seekers living in Darwin.

Participants currently take part in indoor cricket and net practice sessions, with matches and a super 8s competition envisaged once the program gains popularity.

The participants are living in the community on Bridging Visas while awaiting the outcome of their application for refugee status. The Australian Red Cross provides support through a Government funded program which includes helping to settle into the community, basic living allowances, casework support and assistance to access health care and to find accommodation.

NT Cricket’s General Manager – Cricket Development and Performance John Stock is pleased to see the partnership in action. “Most of the participants come from countries with a rich cricketing tradition, so we hope that cricket can provide a way for them to engage in the community and settle into their lives in Australia,” he said.

“We pride ourselves on engaging all members of the community and being able to partner with an organisation such as Red Cross is a great way to do this. With the start of the Darwin and Districts Cricket Competition fast approaching, it would be fantastic to see some of these players join local clubs and contribute to the local cricket scene.

“Sport is a universal language and cricket can definitely bring people together. We hope this program can connect members of the Darwin community to benefit themselves and the game of cricket,” he said.