Cricket Tasmania (CT) and the Kookaburra Southern Cricket Association (SCA) have announced the extension of their pilot partnership for a further three seasons, which will continue to support its volunteers and meet the growing demand for cricket across the Southern Cricket Association community.

The Kookaburra Southern Cricket Association is Tasmania’s largest hard-wicket competition with 28 clubs and 64 teams across eight grades.

And with the growing demand on club and committee volunteers, the association has extended its initial one-year partnership for a further three seasons.

SCA President and club volunteer Steve Burk, said the partnership has allowed the committee to focus on strategic objectives of the competition as well as minimize the significant workload on its club and association committee volunteers.

“Initially, our members were apprehensive of the arrangement, hence the initial one-year agreement.”

“However, the SCA Committee of Management could – with support from CT – focus on ‘big ticket items’ such as a women’s competition, that we’re normally constrained from doing due to operational on-goings.

“Another significant advancement is that the partnership has provided our members with a greater awareness of local community cricket content.

“Items such as available government and Cricket Australia grants, and the use of Cricket Australia and Cricket Tasmania resources like established processes and programs.

“Lastly, our members get access to Cricket Tasmania personnel rather than our own less available SCA Committee of Management members.

“We also recognise the significant demands on club volunteers and have explored opportunities to reduce that burden.

“This will allow administrators to focus on their club needs and the strategic objectives of the association, to make it more resilient and sustainable, which in turn benefits our members’ clubs,” Burk said.

Cricket Tasmania’s General Manager – Community Cricket, Ben Smith is exceptionally pleased with the outcome of the pilot program and sees this model expanding to other Tasmanian community cricket associations in the future.

“CT understands the significant demands of running a cricket club or association and we wanted to create a model that greater supports our community, and allows our hard-working volunteers to continue enjoying the game we all love.”

“The model we’ve created with the SCA has received significant interest across the country, with respective State and Territories recognising that our relationship with the SCA has provided significant benefits to not only those playing in the competition, but to the SCA community as a whole,” Smith said.