A key element of the partnership is the delivery of an ADG Indigenous Cricket Program across the Darwin and Katherine Regions, which will take the form of school clinics and gala days with the assistance of local and interstate cricketers taking part in the Cricket 365 program.
Through ADG’s sponsorship of the inaugural Cricket 365 program, Indigenous youth in Darwin and Katherine will have the opportunity to engage with and learn cricket from top level Australian players.
NT Cricket CEO Joel Morrison said:
“Cricket 365 will bring annual high level cricket matches to the Top End, but the opportunity the program presents for the Territory is much broader than that.
“Through the support of partners such as Airport Development Group, Cricket 365 will provide the Territory community with regular access to expert coaching, pathway opportunities to progress a career in sport and personal development opportunities through the likes of the ADG Indigenous Cricket Program.
“I’d like to thank ADG for their commitment to supporting the Indigenous component of our Cricket 365 program. We look to forward to working with ADG to unite and inspire our community and showcase the Territory to the rest of Australia and the world.”
ADG CEO Tony Edmondstone said:
“Our aim is to leverage Cricket 365 and bring the game directly to kids who may not otherwise have the opportunity to play.
“Through this joint initiative Indigenous kids will have an opportunity to engage with and learn new skills from elite sports people, participate in cricket and develop a love of the game.
“ADG is committed to facilitating opportunities for Indigenous Australians and is developing training pathways to employment across our business. This partnership with NT Cricket is a stepping-stone in the development of these pathways.”
Cricket 365 will see 30 of Australia’s best up and coming players combine with the Territory’s 30 best cricketers to live and play in Darwin and Palmerston for three months each dry season.
The 10 week program runs from 20 June until the end of August and features the TIO Strike League One Day competition, three match Top End Series between the Northern Territory and a Cricket Australia XI, as well as the Big Bash style TIO Strike League T20 tournament featuring two weeks of back to back T20 action under lights.
A key focus for NT Cricket is leveraging the Cricket 365 program to promote the Top End and the Northern Territory as a great place to visit, study, live and play to a captive national and international audience.
Indigenous Cricket Program – Katherine
Skills Clinic, 22 June, 1.00pm – 2.00 pm and 2.15pm – 3.15pm
Gala Day, 23 June, 9am – 2.15pm
Indigenous Cricket Program - Darwin
Skills Clinics, 21 July – 30 July
Gala Day23 June, 9am – 2.15pm
ADG is 100 per cent Australian investor owned by IFM Investors and Palisade Investment Partners Limited, which contribute to the retirement funds of approximately 70,000 Territorians.