The main focus of the Foundation in its early years is to build a capital fund of at least $500,000 to create an annual investment return that can benefit cricket development in Auckland in perpetuity.
While this is being done it is also important to support targeted development initiatives where possible with the support of donors and the Development Foundation has been delighted to be able to do this in the following areas
University Scholarships for promising players
With the generous support of Mondiale Freight Services and the Auckland Cricket Society and Suporters Club the Development Foundation has been able to establish two separate scholarships to assist talented young cricketers undertake tertiary study.
Mondiale Freight Services ($2000 per annum)
Lochie Fergusen (2010)
Shaun McCann (2009)
Greg Morgan (2008)
Jeet Raval (2007)
Roneel Hira (2006)
Marc Ellison (2005)
Auckland Cricket Society ($1500 per annum)
Alexander McDuff (2009)
Tony Manning (2008)
Katie Perkins (2007)
Simon Badger (2006)
Ben Stewart (2005)
The criteria for each scholarship were established by the Development Foundation and nominations are called for in October of each year. A panel comprising the Development Foundation Chairman, the Auckland Cricket Chief Executive and the Auckland Cricket High performance Manager interviews short list candidates before the final scholarships are awarded.
This scholarship was last awarded in 2009 and is currently under review.
Artificial Pitch & Ground Support
The ACDF is committed to ensuring that young cricketers can play and practice on quality pitches, outfields and practice facilities. Each year the ACDF invests a significant sum of money towards identified projects to install new artificial pitches and practice facilities in schools and repair existing ones. In the last few years the ACDF was able to support the following schools towards their cricket facility projects:
Sacred Heart College - Net upgrade and two new artificial pitches
Howick College - nets upgrade
Kings College - nets upgrade
Viscount School - nets upgrade
Westlake Boys High School - nets upgrade
Kowhai Intermediate - new artificial pitch
Three Kings School - new artificial pitch
Marcellin College - artificial wicket resurface
Auckland Normal Intermediate - artificial wicket resurface
Green Bay High School - artificial wicket resurface
Macleans College - artificial wicket resurface and nets repair
Glenfield College - artificial wicket resurface
Rangeview Intermediate - artificial wicket resurface
Kelston Intermdiate - artificial wicket resurface
Provision of Scorebooks for all club cricket teams
For the 2004-2005 season the Development Foundation initiated a program with Auckland Cricket and the Endeavour Charitable Trust to produce specially designed scorebooks for every club cricket team throughout Auckland. In total almost 1000 scorebooks were distributed.
Thankfully the NZCT continued its support of this initiative and we have been able to continue to provide scorebooks to all club cricket teams in subsequent seasons.
Frank Grattan Legacy
In 2007 the Auckland Secondary Schools' Cricket Association (ASSCA) was made aware that a sum of money had been bequeathed to them from the estate of Ms Jocelyn Grattan, to be known as the Frank Grattan Scholarships in memory of her father - a keen and passionate cricket supporter. Through this generous bequest the ASSCA is now able to invest a significant sum of money annually (and in perpetuity) towards the development and advancement of talented secondary school cricketers, as per the terms of the legacy. Each year the ASSCA executive committee submits a proposal to the trustees of the legacy for the allocation of funds and the funds are then administered through the ACDF.
So far the Frank Grattan Scholarships have allowed for the establishment of an annual quadrangular tournament where the Auckland Schoolboys XI can challenge themselves against the best schoolboy players from Canterbury, Wellington and Hamilton; an emerging players tour to Queensland, Australia; equipment grants to talented players at low decile schools; and a number of individual coaching scholarships to up and coming youth cricketers.