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Autism in Cricket Program

Winners of the Excellence in Innovation Award at the 2020 Western Australian Disability Support Awards.

The Autism in Cricket program is for everyone who is passionate about inclusion in sport. The program is designed to break down barriers to participation and support children with Autism to get involved in their local cricket club. The team at the Autism Association are here to support you to join and be a player in your local club or to become a part of your club community in other roles.

Watch our Autism in Cricket video on this page now to find out more about the program then register to link up with us to find the cricket club that best suits your child’s individual needs or join the team via our mailing list to show your support, learn about Autism through cricket, and gain access to hundreds of resources.

Join our Autism in Cricket program to:

  • Find the cricket club that best suits your child’s individual needs.
  • Become part of a cricket club community either as a player or in other important roles within the club.
  • Get assistance as a parent of a child with Autism to prepare and register your child to participate in cricket.
  • Join our Come and Try Days for kids with Autism who want to see if they like cricket before they join a club.
  • Support from the Autism in Cricket team who are available to provide training to local and regional clubs.
  • Learn about Autism through this much loved Australian sport.
  • Receive monthly Autism in Cricket newsletters to learn about Autism in cricket, receive access to resources and supports to help create awareness of Autism in cricket.
  • Gain access to loads of downloadable resources and videos for parents, clubs, coaches and the community.
  • Gain access to our Facebook group for access to information that can be shared by clubs, parents and community members throughout the season to increase Autism awareness.

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Get social! We encourage you to share your 2020/2021 Autism in Cricket season with us using the tag #AutisminCricket.

In the Media

Let's Play Cricket - Source Magazine
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Disability Support Awards Shine Light on Future Cricket Stars
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Community Cricket Volunteers Recognised
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Quinns Rocks Junior Cricket Club praised for autism inclusive program
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Junior cricket club awarded for autism inclusivity
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Quinns Rock Cricket Club
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Team Connect
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The legendary 'Gilly' takes a trip down memory lane
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Cricket Club Leads the Way
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WACA Introduces Autism Inclusive Cricket Program
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Autism Association going in to bat for WA Kids
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About a Boyd: The face of a new cricket community
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Your Stories

Tim and Kai got to meet a player, get a hat signed by a scorcher player and have a little chat to them while standing out in the middle of the ground in front of 26,000 people.

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Autism in Cricket Team

This is a truly remarkable achievement - in 4 short months Sanjay has gone from not playing cricket to representing Western Australia on the National Stage.

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Autism in Cricket Team

Wembley District Cricket club recently hosted the youth and seniors Integrated cricket leagues; and a successful day was had by all!

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Autism in Cricket Team

When setting up their sensory family day, the club approached the Autism in Cricket team requesting sensory equipment and toys to make the day a huge success!

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Autism in Cricket Team

Brianna has decided to play indoor cricket for the next season in April! The heat and length of the outdoor game seems too much for her to commit to, but she has found an alternative! Thank you so much to the volunteers who have been telling her she should be a cricket player! She problem solved and made a decision to participate! I can't thank you enough!

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Dee Claydon

"It really is a story about a mum who just wants her child to belong."

23-year-old Will Clarke has autism spectrum disorder; he can't read or write and doesn't have conversational language. But from his passion for cricket, Willo Industries was born with bats being turned into art.

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7Cricket

Adam is an shining inspirational light for all he is doing for kids like Tim and families like ours, Tim went to book week last week as Adam and tracked down his test number of 381 and his photo.

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Julie, Tim's Mum

Tim chats to Courtney about his experience at the WACA Come and Try day and why he loves Cricket!

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Tim

Thank you so much for an amazing day. My little man absolutely enjoyed himself. He has always wanted to do the things that his older brothers do but is always too nervous to give it a try.

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Caz, parent

Marty coaches the Integrated teams Joondalup-Kinross Cricket Club. In this video he discusses the importance of inclusive cricket clubs and Come and Try Days!

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Marty, Coach

Courtney chats to Suzy, mum of Abby and James about the challenges they've faced when trying to access sports.

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Suzy, Mum

Cricket came into Boyd’s life when he was a bit older, but it’s been the best thing to happen to him, I honestly don’t know what we’d do without it. What cricket has done is give him a community and something he can be really good at. It has given him so much and were incredibly proud of how hard he has worked to get to this point.

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Lisa, Boyd’s mum

For me Junior Cricket’s not just about sport it’s about lifelong friendships, it’s a place for everybody. I really believe Junior cricket should reflect the community, it’s our responsibility to make everyone feel welcome.

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Margie Oldfield, President, Wembley Junior Districts Cricket Club

Whether you are a coach who is having great success at being an inclusive club or a parent with a child who is shining on the pitch, share your story to enter your club in our monthly competition for most inclusive club.

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Image Gallery

Play Cricket Carnival at the WACA

Play Cricket Carnival at the WACA

Melville Come and Try Day

Melville Come and Try Day

Autism in Cricket Team providing Training to Gosnells Cricket Club

Coolbinia Blasters

Coolbinia Blasters

Coolbinia Blasters

Bateman Integrated Cricket League

Bateman Integrated Cricket League

Bateman Integrated Cricket League

Bateman Integrated Cricket League

Bateman Integrated Cricket League

Big Bash League 15/01

Running onto the Pitch - Big Bash League 15/001

Tim and Kai at the Big Bash League 15/01

Tim and Kai at the Big Bash League 15/01

Big Bash League 15/01

Autism in Cricket Team - BBL 15/01

Autism in Cricket Team - BBL 15/01

Joondalup Kinross Cricket Club Awarded Signed Bat

Wembley Districts Host Integrated Cricket League

Autism in Cricket team at Wembley Districts Integrated Cricket League Family day

Belt up Integrated Cricket League Day

Belt up Integrated Cricket League Day

Belt up Integrated Cricket League Day

Belt up Integrated Cricket League Day

Belt up Integrated Cricket League Day

Bateman JCC receiving their signed Adam Gilchrist Bat for inclusion!

Armadale JCC receiving their signed Adam Gilchrist Bat for inclusion!

Wembley JCC receiving their signed Adam Gilchrist Bat for inclusion!

Autism friendly Come & Try at the WACA

Autism friendly Come & Try at the WACA

Autism friendly Come & Try at the WACA

Autism friendly Come & Try at the WACA

Autism friendly Come & Try at the WACA

Autism friendly Come & Try at the WACA

Autism friendly Come & Try at the WACA

Join the Team

Scott with Tim, one of Wembley District JCC's newest members

Wembley's first ICL training session of the season

Autism in Cricket Teacher Clinic

Attending Season Launch at the WACA

Autism in Cricket Training at Ellenbrook CC

Autism in Cricket training at Bateman JCC

Our team at the Peel Region's Season Launch

Wembley Districts Season Launch

WACA Schools Ambassador Training day

This project is an NDIS Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) initiative.

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