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Renegades boost cricket participation

02 July 2019

The Melbourne Renegades have helped Victoria retain its position as Australia’s top state for cricket participation in the Australian Cricket Census results.

Victoria’s total participation figure was 448,608 contributing to the national total of 1,650,030, the largest number of participants recorded in the history of the sport.

The results also demonstrate that cricket continues to be a sport of choice for women and girls as female participation in Victoria grew by nearly 5%. This included an 11.6% increase in the number of new girls’ teams taking to the field, driven by the ongoing investment in the national Growing Cricket for Girls Fund.

The Renegades host regular clinics and education sessions throughout the year where female players of all abilities work with squad members to advance their game.  

Females participating in cricket now makes up 27% per cent of total participants in Victoria, edging closer to our commitment in leading Australia in inspiring and supporting women and girls to love cricket. The growth of Rebel WBBL and the Australian team claiming their fourth ICC World T20 trophy continues to drive interest in cricket and creates outstanding role models for the sport to showcase.

Victoria is set to put women’s cricket in the global spotlight next February when the ICC Women’s World T20 comes to Australia, with the final to be played at the MCG on International Women’s Day 2020.

Whilst declining participation in organised sport in developed countries is a global trend, Victoria has delivered an increase in Club Cricket with a total of 8,153 teams across junior and senior categories.

As a sport for all, Cricket Victoria has continued its commitment to prioritizing diversity and inclusion through programs and tournaments like the Melbourne Renegades Champions League.

Overall, 87,135 people from a multicultural background, 8,863 people living with a disability and 4,985 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders choose to participate in Victorian cricket. This has been possible due to the ongoing support provided by the Harmony in Cricket Association. 

The Melbourne Renegades Champions League is a T20 tournament run by the club that sees local cricketers represent their community.

This season marked the fourth instalment of the competition.

An Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander team participated for the first time this season alongside six returning communities (Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, India and Nepal).