Lake Illawarra Cricket Club’s members and supporters where hit for six before a ball was bowled this season when thieves broke into their new clubhouse and stole more than $4000 worth of equipment.
With funding already hard to come by for grassroots sporting clubs, it was a blow that they could ill-afford. But thanks to its loyal members and a committed coterie of sponsors including Greater Bank, they are back on track to continue the successes it has enjoyed for many years.
“It was just so disappointing, particularly given the items that were taken would be of little value to anyone as they couldn’t be on-sold,” Club President, Brendan White, explained.
“Funding sporting clubs isn’t easy and something like this can put you back even further before a ball is even bowled in the summer. We’re incredibly lucky though to have some wonderful sponsors though who have helped us thought this challenging time.”
Greater Bank is one such sponsor who has been on board with the club for more than 10 seasons. Without them, and many other like-minded local businesses, they would struggle to provide the facilities they do from their Howard Fowles Oval base.
“It costs about $40,000 to run a club of our size and once player registrations are in, there is still a shortfall to make up to ensure we can support the players, prepare grounds and provide equipment.
“Greater Bank’s support has gone directly to our juniors, providing them with uniforms and playing equipment. We can’t thank them enough for their ongoing support.”
Lake Illawarra’s 120 playing members across its junior and senior teams are enjoying a great start to the 2019/20 South Coast cricket season and are again in contention for premierships across all grades.