Bankstown wins Cricket Australia ‘Premier Grade Club of the Year 2017’ Award. On 26th April 2017 Cricket Australia announced Bankstown District Cricket Club as the winner of its inaugural ‘Premier Cricket Club of the Year’ at the ‘A Sport for All – Community Cricket Awards’ function at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
The Award was accepted on behalf of all players, sponsors and supporters by President Scott Grant along with long serving Club Executive members Brian Freedman, Eris Dignam and Martin Klumpp. Partners and hard working club volunteers Meegan Smith-Grant, Margaret Dignam and Maureen Klumpp also attended the function.In winning the Award, the Club was deemed above all other nominees to have:
• demonstrated excellence as a Premier Grade Cricket Club;
• created sustainable participation in cricket and ensured a high quality experience for everyone; and
• shown a firm commitment to inclusion by ensuring that cricket is a sport for all Australians.This Award is a fantastic result for the Canterbury-Bankstown community.
It reflects favourably on the Club’s tireless efforts to develop and maintain a strong club culture and deliver first class on-field and off-field facilities. The club’s outstanding on-field results over a long period are a credit to our dedicated coaching team and playing group. There is no doubt our ‘Uganda Equipment Project’ and support for the ‘All Abilities Cricket Program’ were key factors contributing towards winning the Award.In his acceptance speech Scott Grant specifically thanked the Club’s major sponsor, Bankstown Sports Club for its continued support of our on-field and off-field operations.
He congratulated Bankstown Sports Club on its efforts to develop a strong sporting culture in the Canterbury Bankstown community and commented, “We could not win an Award of this type without BSC’s unwavering financial and operational support”. He also mentioned the contribution of Canterbury Bankstown City’s executive team led by Administrator Richard Colley and General Manager Matthew Stewart, who have worked co-operatively with BDCC over several decades to develop world-class cricket, general sporting and community facilities in the Bankstown Memorial Oval precinct.