Enfield scoops the ahead of leading South Australian clubs Para Hills Cricket Club, Coromandel Valley Ramblers Cricket Club and Lobethal Cricket Club and will also represent SA at Cricket Australia’s National Awards in the same category.

Enfield United has been leaders in innovative junior programs, engaging senior men and women and working with local groups and service providers to ensure their club is truly a place for all Australians. Only 10 years ago, the club had 55 players - all men, only one from a diverse background, and a large number the wrong side of 40. The club was struggling and its leaders took action.

They turned the club around with new facilities, lights for night matches, doubled their senior players and included senior women’s, invested heavily into junior development, and put a big focus on making the club more culturally and gender diverse across the committee, volunteers and players. Led by Matt Bedgegood, the Enfield United Community Cricket Club are an example of how being inclusive, creative and innovative with programs can increase participation, resourcing and success.

Enfield United has also been named as one of the top two clubs for Cricket Australia’s Community Cricket Club of the Year, set to be announced later this week. SA is well represented at the awards with three other SACA winners named in Cricket Australia’s top two in the country.

Alexandra & Eastern Hills Cricket Association has been named SACA’s Community Cricket Association of the Year for its work with women and girls’ competitions, embracing technology to improve participant experience, and their growth in junior and senior participation across their region.

Adelaide Nepalese Cricket Association has been recognised for its great work in continuing to provide great experiences for young girls and boys, being named SACA’s winner in the Junior Cricket Initiative of the Year category. Down south, Coromandel Valley Ramblers Cricket Club volunteers, Jarryd Simister and Nick Work, have smashed the boundaries in the tech space, winning SACA’s first ever Technology and Media Initiative of the Year award.

All four SACA winners will represent SA at the Cricket Australia Awards 6:30pm (Adelaide time) Thursday, 20 May. Watch here www.facebook.com/CricketAustralia.

In other categories, Blind Cricket SA cleaned up the awards, winning the Cricket in Schools award and the Community Partnership of the Year award (alongside Adelaide University Cricket Club and Adelaide University Sport).

Blind Cricket SA player Lachlan Wallace won the Young Leader of the Year and Phil Penn won the Community Cricket Coach of the Year for introducing blind cricket to Glossop High School .

South Central Junior Cricket Association’s Phil Wharton has won SACA’s Community Match Official of the Year award for his important role in mentoring new umpires. Goodwood Cricket Club has taken out the Women and Girls Initiative of the Year while Port Noarlunga Cricket Club has received SACA’s Inclusion and Diversity Initiative of the Year award.

Full list of winners:

Community Cricket Club of the Year – Enfield United Community Cricket Club
Community Cricket Club of the Year Finalists – Para Hills Cricket Club, Lobethal Cricket Club, Coromandel Valley Ramblers Cricket Club
Community Cricket Association of the Year – Alexandra & Eastern Hills Cricket Association
Community Cricket Coach of the Year – Phil Penn (Blind Cricket SA)
Community Match Official of the Year – Phil Wharton (South Central Junior Cricket Association)
Young Leader of the Year Winner – Lachlan Wallace (Blind Cricket SA)
Cricket in Schools – Blind Cricket SA
Community Partnership of the Year Winner – Blind Cricket SA, Adelaide University Cricket Club, Adelaide University Sport
Junior Cricket Initiative of the Year – Adelaide Nepalese Cricket Association
Women and Girls Initiative of the Year Winner - Goodwood Cricket Club
Technology and Media Initiative of the Year – Nick Work and Jarryd Simister (Coromandel Valley Ramblers Cricket Club)
Inclusion and Diversity Initiative of the Year – Port Noarlunga Cricket Club