2017 CALENDAR on sale now!

December 16, 2016 by  

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feb_smMembers will be keen to snap up copies of the NEW 2017 PRIMARY CLUB OF AUSTRALIA CALENDAR!  The calendar features the Maasai Cricket Warriors from Kenya who visited Sydney and Bowral in February 2016.  The Warriors played several matches at Marathon Cricket at the SCG, and learned how to play Aussie Rules football. Single copies are $25 each including postage and handling; or you may buy in bulk at $200 for 10. Part of the proceeds from the sale of the calendar will continue to assist the development of cricket in rural Kenya. For more details and to order online, click here.  Or call Anja at the office on (02) 9980 2525.

JIM MAXWELL’S NEW BOOK – “THE SOUND OF SUMMER”

November 1, 2016 by  

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the-sound-of-summer2Here's a great Christmas present idea!  Purchase Jim Maxwell's latest book, his personal memoirs titled "The Sound of Summer", via the Primary Club at the RRP of $46.95 including postage and handling within Australia; and by agreement with the publisher, all the proceeds will go to the Primary Club's charities. For more information, and to order one or more copies, go to this link.

2015-16 – Annual Report now available

September 8, 2016 by  

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2015-16 - Annual Report

pc-ar-2016-reduced_page_01 Other links: Previous Annual Reports   Annual General Meeting The Annual General Meeting was held at the Queen Street Lounge, Woollahra Hotel, 116 Queen Street, Woollahra, on Wednesday 26th October.  

Annual Report 2015-2016

The Primary Club of Australia Annual Report 2015/16 is now available to download. Click here to download the Annual Report: Primary Club of Australia - 2015-2016 Annual Report pdflogo   This 6 Mb version is suitable for reading online and printing at your leisure.    

The Financial Statements 2016

The audited Financial Statements for 2016 are now available. Please click here to download a copy. 

Primary Club of Australia May 2016 Newsletter

June 2, 2016 by  

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2016.newsletterThe May 2016 Primary Club of Australia Newsletter has been published.

It's available in a number of formats. Download the smaller 3Mb version here    Alternatively a larger 13 Mb version is available here (13 Mbs - higher quality) We hope you enjoy reading the newsletter.  

RICK GLOVER OAM

February 14, 2016 by  

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Richard John Glover was recognised in the Australia Day Honours List with a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for 'service to charitable organisations and to the community'.  Rick joined the Primary Club in 1980, became a Board Member in 1982 and has served continuously since, including 18 years as Honorary Secretary to 2007.  Rick volunteers for a wide range of Primary Club activities, not least of which the very successful Sydney Test Match Breakfast, Marathon Cricket at the SCG and the Special Olympics Cricket Festival at Bowral.  Rick would not be able to provide this service without the constant support of wife Pam, and three daughters Katrina, Jo and Georgi!

The Maasai Cricket Warriors

January 8, 2016 by  

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The Maasai Cricket Warriors

Maasai Tribesman Play Cricket to Raise Awareness about HIV/AIDS, Rhino & Elephant Conservation (Nanyuki, Kenya).

Imagine a cricketer who is a semi-nomadic cattle herder living amongst the wild animals of Africa. Imagine him who wears layers of beads; who sets fire on the field with his bright red clothes and flying braided hair; he who gives war cries while throwing or hitting a ball is actually a crusader from peace. Imagine him – a Maasai tribesman – playing a T20 match. Unbelievable ? Then you ought to meet the Maasai Cricket Warriors. © The Maasai Cricket Warriors Maasai Warriors from the Laikipia region in Kenya have exchanged their spears for cricket bats and they are using cricket as a vehicle to empower youth and to target social problems in order to bring about positive change in their communities. The Maasai Cricket Warriors, who will be fully clad in traditional attire, will be coming to Australia in February 2016 to play against cricket teams across Sydney. The highlight of the trip with be two T20 cricket matches versus teams during Marathon Cricket - an event created by the Primary Club that raises money for sporting and recreational equipment for people with disabilities. These matches will be played on the hallowed turf of the Sydney Cricket Ground. During previous matches, the Maasai Warriors have given children from local schools in Africa to have the opportunity to watch their first live cricket match while at the same time participating in HIV/AIDS Awareness and Rhino and Elephant Conservation activities. “We are extremely proud to support this initiative,” said Richard Vigne, Ol Pejeta’s CEO. “The Maasai Cricket Warriors are a perfect example of how sports can be a conduit for raising awareness amongst communities, particularly children.” © The Maasai Cricket Warriors In addition to the Maasai Cricket Warriors being avid cricket enthusiasts with abundant talent they are also role models in their communities where they are actively campaigning against retrogressive and harmful cultural practices such as FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) and early childhood marriages and fighting for the rights of women in order to eradicate discrimination against women in Maasailand. Through the ethics and principles of cricket the warriors learn to respect one another and to foster peace and unity through the spirit of sportsmanship, while at the same time promoting healthier lifestyles and spreading awareness about HIV/AIDS Awareness amongst youth. © The Maasai Cricket Warriors The Maasai Cricket Warriors are now engaged in the production of a documentary film called”Warriors” which highlights how the team are using cricket and the unity of sport to battle HIV and fight for women’s rights. The ‘Cricket Warriors’ feel education and change is the only way to secure the health of the community, provide equality to their society, and as a result protect their future. But this has been the Maasai way of life since the founder families, and the elders fear changing these traditions will herald the end of the Maasai. The struggle between identity, heritage,and development is something that resonates across the globe – even in the game of cricket itself. The Maasai Cricket Warriors received an invitation to compete in the Last Man Stands World Championships, which took place in London, United Kingdom in August – September 2013. During the event - the players had the opportunity to play at Lords. ————————- Maasai Cricket Warriors is a group of Maasai Warriors from the Laikipia region in Kenya who have exchanged their spears for cricket bats and they are using cricket as a vehicle to empower youth and to target social problems in order to bring about positive change in their communities. Their mission is to empower the youth in the Maasai communities of Kenya through cricket development, while enhancing their participation in community development, allowing them to become healthy, productive and well adjusted members of society. Visit Maasai Cricket Warriors  

Primary Club featured on “The Cricket Show” on Channel Nine

January 8, 2016 by  

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2016-01-08 During the lunch break on the fifth day of the 2016 SCG Test Match, Mark Taylor joined Brett Lee and Michael Slater to talk about the Primary Club of Australia on Channel Nine's Cricket Show. The episode can be seen below: Mark Taylor talks about the work of the Primary Club of Australia about the concept and how the money is raised. 2016-01-08 (4) Daphne Benaud was also featured talking about the founders and about how the Primary Club of Australia provides an opportunity for people with disabilities to get access to sporting and recreational facilities they would not normally be able to access. Please feel free to view the episode and share it with friends who may be interested in the work of the Primary Club of Australia. . 2016-01-08 (1)

Our new Patron and Twelfth Man Mark Taylor spoke with Jim Maxwell on ABC Grandstand

January 7, 2016 by  

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On the first day of the 2016 Sydney Cricket Ground Test Match - Australia versus the West Indies - our Primary Club of Australia President and ABC Radio commentator Jim Maxwell spoke with our new Patron and Twelfth Man Mark Taylor.

Report: SYDNEY TEST MATCH BREAKFAST, Sunday 3rd January 2016

October 18, 2015 by  

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Under grey skies, on the first morning of the Sydney Test Match - Australia versus West Indies - the members and guests of the Primary Club of Australia joined President Jim Maxwell, newly appointed Patron and Twelfth Man Mark Taylor, special guest speakers Simon Katich and Fazeer Mohammed, respected West Indies journalist, along with MC Mike Coward.
President Jim Maxwell invited new Patron and Twelfth Man Mark Taylor to the podium to partake in what was the highlight of the morning - the induction of Daphne Benaud, the widow of former Primary Club of Australia Patron and Twelfth Man Richie Benaud, as a Life Member of the Primary Club of Australia. Following the presentation, The Minister for Sport and frequent player of Marathon Cricket Stuart Laurence Ayres MP was introduced and he announced that the Government were donating $5000 towards Marathon Cricket. The rest of the breakfast saw MC Mike Coward interviewing guest speakers Simon Katich and Fazeer Mohammed about the state of test cricket. The breakfast concluded with Katie drawing the raffle - first prize - 30 mins in the ABC Commentary Box with Jim Maxwell. We invite you to lock in this event next year .. and every year. Day One of the Sydney Test Match - the 3rd January.