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National Backyard Cricket

National Backyard Cricket is a community event to raise funds to level the global playing field in education. We believe Australians can come together to create transformative educational opportunities for disadvantaged young men and women in cricket-playing nations.


The official date is Sunday 5th February 2023, but you can host your Backyard Cricket Game anytime that works for you.

It is as easy as getting your friends, family or colleagues together to enjoy a game of Backyard Cricket together. Cricket can be enjoyed in your backyard, at your local park or beach for a fun afternoon of cricket together. Do what works for your family and friends and just enjoy some cricket in the outdoors.

Whatever you choose, know that every dollar you raise will help fund The LBW Trust's education initiatives in country libraries around Australia and the world in cricket playing nations to level the playing field in education.

Everyone deserves an education, every student deserves an opportunity to realise their potential, and to create their own future. Together, we can transform disadvantage into opportunity, allowing our students to Learn for a Better World.

Following on from National Backyard Cricket in 2022, The LBW Trust has now distributed funds raised to country libraries across Australia and tertiary education projects in India, Sri Lanka and Nepal.

45 Australian country libraries and tertiary students in cricket playing nations set to benefit from National Backyard Cricket fundraising

The LBW Trust is currently distributing the funds raised during last summer’s National Backyard Cricket program to Australian country libraries and tertiary education projects in India, Sri Lanka and Nepal. 

From Esk to Mount Gambier, 45 country libraries across Australia will receive funding grants of up to $1500 to enable their education projects. Harvey Norman has once again generously contributed funding to enable grants to meet the technology needs of 14 libraries. In total nearly $60,000 of grants will be distributed to country libraries working with our partner, Friends of Libraries Australia.

99 grants have been distributed to country libraries across Australia over the last two years enabling these libraries to complete projects ranging from computer access for young people, to ESL classes, special needs programs and coding classes.

Tertiary students in India, Sri Lanka and Nepal have also been the recipients of the funds raised by the National Backyard Cricket program for overseas education. At a time when the pandemic has devastated the lives of so many in the Indian subcontinent, the support provided to the students, to support their education and relieve the pressure on their families has been invaluable.

Over 200 games of NBYC have been played in support of tertiary education since the NBYC campaign started in the summer of 2021.The program was supported by cricketing royalty including; Brett Lee, Ryan Carters, Russel Arnold, Alyssa Healy, Ed Cowan, Michael Holding, Alex Blackwel and Justin Langer. 

Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair.

Nelson Mandela

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