about the club


What is the Primary Club?richie

  • A registered charity founded in 1974
  • The fundamental aim is to give people with disabilities the opportunity to experience the joy and exhilaration that comes from any form of physical activity
  • A similar charity was formed in England over 50 years ago where a “primary” is a first ball dismissal in cricket—what is called a “golden duck” in Australia, as depicted in our logo

How do we raise money?

  • In addition to an annual subscription, our members pay “fines” (as an optional donation) for every primary scored by an Australian player in test matches, one-day and twenty20 internationals during the previous year.
  • The club also holds many exciting sporting and social functions for members and their guests. These include golf days, a day at the races, plus breakfasts, luncheons, dinners and cocktail parties associated with Test and ODI matches and other functions, all of which are also attended by a number of well known sporting identities.

Donations by The Primary Club

  • The Primary Club of Australia is a “charities charity”, as funds are made available to other registered charities to enable the purchase of sporting and recreational equipment and facilities for people with disabilities.
  • More than $4 million has been raised to date (over $7 million in 2012 dollars) and donated to many projects that include for example the purchase of specialized playground equipment, wheelchairs for various Wheelchair Sports, special equipment for blind cricketers, horse-riding arenas for Riding for the Disabled, hydrotherapy pools and specialized yachts for Sailability.


  • The Primary Club also arranges several cricket matches each year for those members who would like to play in convivial but still competitive games. There are also the regular cricket matches versus the NSW Blind cricket team in Sydney which are always highlights of the season. Overseas cricket tours are also arranged by the Primary Club and previous tours have included, amongst others, the U.K., Sri Lanka and the West Indies. Of course, any fines for all manner of indiscretions on tour contribute to Primary Club fundraising.


  • Anyone interested in the welfare of people with disabilities is invited to join this unique charity. Of course, membership is mandatory for anyone who has got out first ball in any form of cricket, even games played in the backyard or on the beach. Former Australia Cricket Captain, Richie Benaud, is our 12th man and many Australian cricketers, past and present, are members or Vice Presidents of The Primary Club.. Please join us and support our valuable work by returning the application form attached with your cheque or credit card details. You can also find out more about the club by visiting our website at www. primaryclub.com .

The Primary Club of Australia Inc

An organisation providing sporting and recreational facilities for people with disabilities.
Registered Charity No. CFN 10757
ABN No. 88 136 792 377

The Primary Club website

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The Primary Club of Australia Inc
PO Box 783
Pennant Hills NSW 1715

phone: (02) 9980-2525

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